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WIS - Wedgwood International Seminar

Paul Lauer






It is with great sadness that I report that Paul Lauer, a long time Wedgwood Collector and WIS Board Member passed away Saturday morning April 2nd 2016.  Graveside funeral services and burial will take place on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 1 p.m. in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Iselin,(Middlesex Co.) NJ.  We want to keep Elizabeth and the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Mickey Hightower
Wedgwood International Seminar
Last Updated ( Monday, 04 April 2016 02:40 )

Daisy Wade Bridges





With sadness, we report the passing of Daisy Wade Bridges last October at her home in Charlotte, N.C. at the age of 83.  She was a life member of the Wedgwood International Seminar, serving on the Board of Governors and as President in 1978 and 1979.  At the time of her death she was a Hororary Member of the Board in recognition of her service to our organization and her contributions in the field of ceramic research and study through the decades.

She began collecting Wedgwood Queen's Ware, an interest sparked by her position in 1955 as assistant Manager of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, Ltd. in New York City.  When she moved to Charlotte in 1960 she founded the Ceramic Circle of Charlotte, and helped bring the Delhom Collection to the Mint Museum.  Her interest in ceramics expanded to include Chinese wares, especially teapots, Native american pottery and North Carolina pottery, which became her greatest interest.  Much of her collections were gifted to the Mint Museum through the years.  Her experience and knowledge of the production and manufacture of many different types of ceramics was awe inspiring, and her kindness and gentle spirit will be missed by many.

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 March 2016 20:58 )

WIS 2016 Schedule

Pre Wedgwood International Seminar

Pre Wedgwood International Seminar
Programme 26
th - 27th April 2016
Tuesday 26
th April.

Arrive in London no later than evening of Tuesday 26
th April


Durrants Hotel
George Street
. W1H 5BJ
FAX: 44(0)2074873510
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 January 2016 02:13 ) Read more...

WIS 2016


WIS 2016 location has been announced - we are going to England!



Last Updated ( Friday, 20 November 2015 01:44 )

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 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

Lorraine C. Horn*, MA

Edward L. Knowles, MD

Paul H. Lauer, CT (deceased)

Sandra Olubas, OH 

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 (deceased)

Earl L. Buckman*, TX 

Frank Coleman, NC

Dr. Alvin Kanter, IL

Dorothy Lee Jones, MA

Muriel D. Polikoff*, PA

* Past President

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 April 2016 02:45 )

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. 

Official PayPal Seal
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
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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
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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 )