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WIS - Wedgwood International Seminar

WIS 2014


A message from Mickey Hightower (edited)


There is a change in venue!  The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Old Town Alexandria will be hosting WIS 2014. The Crowne Plaza is a member of the IHG Hospitality group that also owns Holiday Inn. Members of the IHG Rewards program will be able to get points on their program. Room rates will be $139 + taxes for King Single Rates / $149 + taxes for Double Rates.  WIS members will receive reduced parking rates from $20 to $15 for overnight parking, complimentary guest room internet with IHG Rewards sign up.


The Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria is located 2 miles from Reagan National Airport & 5 miles from Washington, DC. Some rooms have views of the Potomac River. The hotel is a short walk from the shops & historic homes on Alexandria's waterfront. Additionally, the hotel offers complimentary shuttles to DCA/Reagan Airport, Metro/Subway, & King Street.


On another note, as we all know, prices for everything have risen consistently over the last several years; however, we have tried to hold the line and keeps costs to a minimum in order to continue to provide a pleasant experience for our WIS members, guests, & attendees. Compensation factors including speakers’ fees, speakers’ travel reimbursement transportation costs, event / facilities costs, buses, meals, etc all put an upward pressure on seminar costs. Unfortunately, this year we will have to raise our seminar price to better reflect this upward trend. The 2014 Seminar will be $525 per attendee. As usual, we will offer a 3 payment system of $175 in order to accommodate our members & guests. I am putting together the mailer to be sent out shortly.

Our members will be able to get the seminar rate for 3 days prior to and 3 days after the seminar for those that might want to come early or stay later.

WIS 2014  -  April 23-26, 2014

The Crown Plaza Hotel in Old Town Alexandria

901 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Many thanks,

Mickey Hightower

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:20 )

2014 Online Payment


SEMINAR fee includes 3 lunches, receptions, Opening Night Banquet, breaks, Saturday Evening Banquet, entrance fees to museums & outside venues, speakers’ expenses, educational and facility services, and subsequent publication.


Seminar Fee:  The fee for the 2014 Seminar is $525.00 per person. 

If you prefer, you may pay in 3 installments of $175.00


You do not need a PayPal Account to use PayPal with your credit card  

Adjust the quantities on the next screen. 


WIS 2014 Payment
Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 November 2013 20:09 )

Lord Wedgwood


We at WIS are all saddened by the news that Lord Peirs Wedgwood has died.

From www.artfixdaily.com:

Piers Wedgwood, who devoted his working life to the ceramic and decorative arts of the Wedgwood Brand as its international ambassador and keeper of the legacy of his fifth great-grandfather, Josiah Wedgwood, died yesterday of cardiac failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  He was 59 and a long time resident of the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, PA.

In a career spanning four decades, Lord Wedgwood helped navigate the fortunes of a 255 year old luxury goods company in its struggles to remain viable amidst the changing life styles of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  A veteran of two major reorganizations of the firm, Lord Wedgwood remained positive and excited as it grew in the modern age, with Wedgwood now opening major new markets in India, China and Russia as well as new product lines such as Wedgwood Tea.

Piers Anthony Weymouth Wedgwood, Fourth Baron Wedgwood was born September 20, 1954 in Nakuru, Kenya outside Nairobi on his family’s farm.  He assumed the Wedgwood peerage at age 16 upon the death of his father in 1970.  Educated in England at Marlborough and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Lord Wedgwood was commissioned in the Royal Scots Regiment in 1973 seeing action in Cypress and retiring as a captain in 1980.

Lord Wedgwood did not view his peerage as an honorific, instead acting as a working member of the House of Lords with more than 25 years service on the Defense and Heritage Parliamentary Groups.

An active sportsman, Lord Wedgwood was a member of the Royal Automobile Club of England, the London Racquet Club and the Philadelphia Club.

Above all however, the Wedgwood Brand was Lord Wedgwood’s passion, beginning in the business in his teens cleaning the pottery kilns and learning production methods.  It was soon clear, however, that his charm, speaking ability and uncanny resemblance to his ancestor Josiah made him the ideal and nearly irreplaceable spokesman for Wedgwood.  For many years, Lord Wedgwood was closely identified with Wedgwood museums in England and Birmingham, Alabama, which includes the Buten Collection, formerly of Philadelphia.

In a reprise of another Philadelphia fairy tale, Lord Wedgwood met his wife, the former Mary Regina Quinn of the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, when he was presenting Wedgwood at the Marshall Field Company in Chicago where she ran the store’s public relations.  The ‘old English lord’ she expected turned out to be both a dashing 26 year old and the start of a 34 year love affair.  Lady Wedgwood, and a daughter, The Hon. Alexandra Mary Kavanaugh Wedgwood and two sisters survive.

At this time, funeral arrangements have yet to be announced. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, charitable donations be made to the Lord Wedgwood Charity (www.lwcharity.com), a non-profit he founded following a heart attack in 2001 with the goal of placing automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) into high schools and communities.

Family Contact: Richard Snowden/267-977-6739

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 April 2014 03:22 )

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 Bimingham, AL - Date to be determined!


Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 April 2014 03:23 )

Latest News


Latest News on the fate of the Wedgwood Museum

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

WIS Officers



Cyndi Andrews, CA

First Vice President

Mickey D. Hightower, TX

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

Dr. Keith McLeod*, CAN

Muriel D. Polikoff*, PA

The Lord Wedgwood, UK

* Past President

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 August 2012 21:49 )

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, Treasurer – WIS,  PO Box 674, Ontario, CA 91762-8674, USA 

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 ( Friday, 05 February 2010 19:46 )

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 )