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WIS - Wedgwood International Seminar

Keith McLeod






Professor Emeritus, OISE, University of Toronto

Keith Alwyn McLeod of Toronto died suddenly on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at Sunnybrook Hospital at the age of 79. The youngest child of Malcolm Roderick Marshall McLeod and Elizabeth (Betty) Amphlett McLeod, he was born on February 15, 1935 in Marcelin, Saskatchewan. Keith was predeceased by his siblings Roderick, Derril, Doreen, Valerie, and Ian and is survived by his brother Gordon as well as 20 nieces and nephews and 35 great-nieces and nephews.

Keith completed his doctorate in the History of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and joined the Faculty of Education at University of Toronto where he taught until his retirement in 1997. During his career, he was a leader in multicultural and intercultural teacher education, was the founding president of the Ontario Multicultural Association and a president of the Canadian Council for Multicultural and Intercultural Education. He chaired multiple conferences, published extensively in this field and founded the journal Multiculturalism/Multiculturalisme in 1977 for which he was editor until 1992.

Keith had a great interest in Wedgwood pottery, editing some ten years of proceedings of its Annual Seminars, writing many articles, and authoring several books as well as co-curating an exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1997.

As well, Keith was a member and school sponsor of the Project for the Advancement of Childhood Education (P.A.C.E.) Canada since its inception in 1987, and was awarded the Pacesetter Award for his contributions to the organization in 2003. In 2010 he was named a Patron of the organization.

Keith loved to see the world in all its diversity, travelling extensively to such places as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Iceland, India, Kenya, Norway, Peru, Raasay, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Turkey and Uganda, to name a few. He had a unique sense of humour and enjoyed a broad base of friends locally, nationally and internationally in his life. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched, most especially by his family of friends in Toronto - Ralph, Susan, Jim, Mary, Vandra, Mavis, and the rest of the 'gang.'

An interment service will be held in the VISITATION CENTRE of MOUNT PLEASANT CEMETERY, 375 Mt. Pleasant Road at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to P.A.C.E. Canada at www.pacecanada.org, an organization whose work was close to his heart. Further information and an opportunity to share condolences, reminiscences, and photographs on his life can be found online at www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=keith-mcleod-phd&pid=173456195&fhid=9911#sthash.aMsOyVyW.dpuf


(As found here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=keith-mcleod-phd&pid=173456195&fhid=9911 )

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 December 2014 19:29 )

Wedgwood – A Capital Affair


For the 59th year, Wedgwood enthusiasts gathered for the annual international conference in late April, and as always, it did not disappoint. Held in Alexandria, Virginia, just across the river from the U.S. capital city, attendees from all over America, Canada and Australia enjoyed the wide range of activities the Wedgwood International Seminar had to offer. The word "seminar" might illicit images of an academic setting – but it's somewhat of a misnomer these days. Indeed, these conferences offer lectures from curators, professors, and other scholars, but there are equally as many presented by collectors and students of Wedgwood. And there is much more that comprises the four-day program as well, all of which makes the event appealing to a wide audience.

The 2014 agenda provided talks on subjects that ranged from the ancient Etruscan influence on Wedgwood to life at the potteries in the 18th century to Wedgwood wares at the World's Fair to lamps from oil to light bulbs, and more. Also among the highlights of the seminars are tours of public and private collections on display. This year two members opened their homes for viewing of spectacular Wedgwood. The range of wares demonstrated the wide appeal and reach of Wedgwood – from hundreds of plaques decorating walls, to curios holding thousands of jasper objects, to smalls comprised of tobacciana, mugs, and decanters to royalty wares, tiles, and magnificent planters.

This year's seminar also paid tribute to the late Lord Wedgwood who passed away early in the year and who was a supporter of the WIS and other Wedgwood-related organizations. There was sufficient time built in for visits to sites in Washington, Mount Vernon, and other museums and landmarks. Also of particular note was the fabulous and abundant food at the lunches, breaks and dinners at the host hotel.

And lastly, to satisfy that buying itch, each night four dealers offered for sale virtually every type of Wedgwood imaginable from prices that attracted the novice, as well as lured the seasoned collector.

What sets Wedgwood apart from most other collectibles and artifact categories is the vast range of wares from 18th century to current production, from highly decorative to useful, and from price points of under $5 to more than five–figures. There is truly something for everyone, regardless of one's tastes, area of interest, collecting sophistication, or budget. And the WIS caters to all these groups.

In addition to learning about and viewing Wedgwood, attendees enjoy the interaction and reunions with the friendly and inviting fellow-collectors, both old- and first-timers. The WIS extends an invitation to join its organization. In addition to access to the seminar, the annual $35 membership fee ($50 for family) covers the WIS Proceedings – an annual publication of all the lectures delivered that year.

One also may wish to explore the several regional Wedgwood societies who conduct meetings 6- 12 times per year at their local venues. See below for the links list.

Wedgwood International Seminar will be held April 22-25, 2015, at the Birmingham (Alabama) Museum of Art, which houses the largest collection of Wedgwood outside the UK. Again, check the WIS site for more information as it unfolds. This seminar is shaping up to be one of the most memorable.


The Green Plaque Room


Wedgwoodians United


Wedgwood Mugs


Wedgwood At The World's Fair


The Blue Jasper Room


Wedgwood Lamp


Wedgwood For Sale

Last Updated ( Saturday, 31 May 2014 13:39 )

Hacking Update


Well it has been interesting!

I have a majority of the WIS website up and running again, so I have opened it back up to the public.

There still is work to be done, and some areas (Photos) are not accessible at this time.

Sorry for the inconvenience!



WIS 2015


WIS 2015 - the 60th!! - location has been announced! - We will be going to Birmingham, AL - April 22 - 25, 2015


Last Updated ( Saturday, 31 May 2014 13:37 )

Latest News


Latest News on the fate of the Wedgwood Museum

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 January 2012 05:31 )

WIS Officers



Mickey D. Hightower, TX

First Vice President

Cyndi Andrews, CA

Second Vice President

Dr. Ellis Rubin, PA


Michael T. Smith, CA

Recording Secretary

Dr. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, AL

Board of Governors

Adele I. Barnett, VA

Gaye Blake Roberts, UK

Alan Erickson, MO

Jeffrey Hoffman, MA 

Lorraine C. Horn*, MA

Edward L. Knowles, MD

Paul H. Lauer, CT

Sandra Olubas, OH 

Dr. Nancy Ramage, NY

Robert J. Reichner, IL

Stuart Slavid, MA 

Director of Seminars

Mickey D. Hightower, TX

Proceedings Editor & Archivist

Dr. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, AL

Public Relations Chairman

Adele I. Barnett, VA


Alan Erickson, MO

Curatorial Consultant

Gaye Blake Roberts, UK

Honorary Board

Daisy Wade Bridges*, NC

Earl L. Buckman*, TX 

Frank Coleman, NC

Dr. Alvin Kanter, IL

Dorothy Lee Jones, MA

Muriel D. Polikoff*, PA

* Past President

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 December 2014 03:19 )

New WIS Index


Many, many thanks to Alton Powell for grant the WIS permission to place his index of WIS papers in the 'Members Only" section of the Discussion Area.

 Also many thanks to Paul Thomas for transcribing Alton's index into Excel and bringing it up to date!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 April 2014 03:39 )

About WIS


    Although  the Wedgwood International Seminar was established in 1956, in fact, there were rumblings about an organization  in 1955 when Harry and Nettie  Buten met with Hensleigh Wedgwood, then head of Wedgwood USA, and began to conjure up the outlines of  what has been called for over fifty years the WIS. 

      The first Seminar was held in Philadelphia April 13-14, 1956. Since that year the Seminars have been held in many cities in the United States as well as in Canada and Britain.  At the Seminars illustrated lectures are featured as well as exhibitions, visits to collections, visits to antique fairs, auctions, and member’s demonstrations of their ‘finds.’ The Proceedings of the Seminars are subsequently published and some of the back-issues are still available.  Most of all the annual Seminars give members the opportunity to hear the latest research, the latest news, and keep abreast of events 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 November 2009 16:29 )



You are welcome to join the WIS by sending a membership fee in US funds. 

(couple $50, single $35, students $20 -- add $10 outside US) to: 

Mr. Michael Smith, TreasurerWIS,  31 Lincoln Place, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-1970, US

Make money orders or cheques out to WIS 

Click here for a hard copy membership form. 

You can register online by clicking HERE. 

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 December 2014 03:21 )

Links / Addresses


Listed below are the addresses of Wedgwood Collectors organizations and groups:

Wedgwood International Seminar,
c/o  Mr. Michael Smith, Treasurer – WIS
PO Box 674
Ontario, CA 91762-8674, USA
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Wedgwood Society of Australia, 
 The Secretary,
 Ms Anne Stephenson
 The Wedgwood Society of Australia Inc.
 PO Box 425,

The Wedgwood Society of Boston
Lorraine C. Horn, President
132 Middle St. Braintree, MA   02184-4841 
Webpage: www.Wedgwoodsociety.org 

Wedgwood Society of Washington, D.C.
Adele I. Barnett, President
3505 Stringfellow Court,
Fairfax, VA, 22033
Ph (703) 437 7997
Webpage: www.WedgwoodCapital.org

The Wedgwood Society of New South Wales, Australia                                                                                                     
PO Box 385
EASTWOOD NSW 2122, Australia
Webpage: www.wedgwoodsociety.org.au

The Wedgwood Society of Queensland, Australia   
PO Box 97
Annerley, 4103, Australia
Contact:Beverley Smith, Susan Tobin
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wedgwood Society of Southern California,
P O Box 4334
Palm Springs, Ca. 92263, USA
 Webpage:  http://www.wedgwoodsocalif.org/

There are also organizations in Detroit, Philadelphia, Australia, and England.   

Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 March 2013 04:14 )