Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Mary & Joseph with Donkey Figurine

Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Mary & Joseph with Donkey Figurine
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Honor the true reason for the season. Entitled, "The Journey that Changed the World," this enchanting figurine shows Mary riding on the back of a donkey that's being led by Joseph. She wears a red dress with tan and red rosemaling trim, while Joseph is dressed in a light blue robe with blue rosemaling. From the Heartwood Creek Collection by Jim Shore.

  • Donkey decorated in light blue rosemaling
  • Base resembles a sandy path
  • Made of stone resin to resemble handcarved wood
  • Measures 9"L x 3"W x 8"H
  • Made in China

Important Details

Why are there cracks on my Jim Shore figurine?

The cracks are part of the molding process and design of each Jim Shore piece. They're included to resemble the look and feel of real hand-carved wood.

About Jim Shore

About Jim Shore

Jim Shore

Jim Shore is a born storyteller. But for him, art speaks louder than words. So Jim sculpts his tales through an ever-expanding world of charming characters. And today, Jim's Heartwood Creek Collection is a story all it's own – a magical mix of collectible “scenes” that has attracted fans worldwide.

Inspired by nostalgia for his Southern country upbringing and his fascination with the intricate design of patchwork quilts, Jim Shore has created a world of fantasy with his charming polyresin figures. From whimsical animals to Disney characters to seasonal themes, each has the look of handcarved wood. He also designs decorative accents for home and garden, including lamps, wall hangings, weathervanes, birdhouses, statues, and more. Each design works with nearly any décor, from American country to contemporary.

“The most rewarding thing about creating my collection,” Jim tells us, “is that it is continually evolving and exciting. It's not character driven. There's always room for one more idea – another work in progress.

“Above all, when people look at my work or choose a particular piece, I want them to get joy from it. I get e-mails and letters from people who tell me that one of my pieces symbolizes an important moment in their life – sometimes happy, sometimes quite sad. This is very inspiring to me.”

Inspirations from the Past

Art has dominated Jim's life, from the time he's spent traveling around the world to his return to the small South Carolina town where he grew up. But wherever he was, Jim says it was always his parents who had the greatest influence on his life. “They always encouraged me to be artistic,” Jim says. “That's probably because my father was a master woodworker and my mother sculpted and created beautiful paintings on wood. They never gave me formal training in art, but I was always very quick to pick up any artistic endeavors, from stained glass and goldsmithing to portrait painting and wood carving.”

We asked Jim why he enjoys folk art so much. He explained, “Folk art has a certain rhythm and syncopation, and most people get some sort of satisfaction and pleasure from that. I also like that it's so versatile and works in various settings – its lack of proportion makes it almost abstract. And I like the way you can create a motif by combining so many different elements.

“Most of all, I love certain forms of folk art, such as quilting, because it's honest. Women, sometimes living in harsh conditions, went back to their European roots and emulated how this art was accomplished. They weren't in it for fame and fortune, but wanted to create something that would be pleasing and functional at the same time. From simple white-on-white trapunto to luxurious fabric designs, quilts have meaning and tell a story that is handed down through generations.

“My grandmother was a master quilter, and my wife Jan has collected quilts and vintage fabrics for years. As you can see, quilt motifs have also become the anchor in my collection!”

Patchwork quilt designs do appear throughout Jim's work, often combined with florals and painted “scenes within a scene.” But some of Jim's favorite items are his seasonal pieces. These are also popular with QVC viewers, especially his Halloween characters and charming Christmas angels, nativity scenes, Santas, sleighs and ornaments.

Behind the Scenes

Jim Shore always has a wealth of creative ideas and says he can often create designs in just a few days. He starts all his original sculptured figures with a polyresin base. Then he adds various fillers, depending on the effect he wants to create. Whether it's calcium carbonate, ground marble, dried sawdust, or even ground pecan shells, each imparts a different texture.

“I used to do my own casting,” Jim says, “but now, by having my work produced elsewhere, more people can enjoy it. I do all the initial tooling and painting on my model piece, and then teach craftsmen how I want them to reproduce it. I'm very satisfied with the level of quality and find that the renditions are very close to my originals.”

Jim says he pays particular attention to teaching craftsmen his style of painting. “I can't just say, 'Paint this red.' It may be red, but then there could be added orange, a float of burgundy and a glaze of purple to create the exact shade I want.”

His plans for the future? Jim has a long list. He wants to add historical figures and some circus and carnival themes to his Heartwood Creek Collection. His recent collaboration with Disney and a signing at Disneyland were very well received and now he's working on his own version of Cinderella's castle. He will also be continuing his licensing programs and designing tapestry, dinnerware, cards, and calendars so more people can enjoy his work in different forms.

Jim likes to talk to young artists and to others who want to know his secret to success. He is always quick to respond: “The last thing an artist should pursue is the dollar sign. This is not a yardstick to success. I use my talent with passion. When you put love and caring into a work, you succeed. It has to come straight from the heart.”

And that indeed is evident in Jim Shore's Heartwood Creek Collection.

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H06877 - Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Mary & Joseph w/ Donkey Figurine 5 5 12 12
Love it!!! I bought this last year for myself. I just fell in love with it when I saw it. It was my first Jim Shore purchase. I really never paid attention to his items til I saw this. I thought, thanks goodness, somebody finally gave the donkey a little credit. I can't wait to put it out this holiday season again. 10-14-08
Charming I already have it on display. Would think that mothers, especially new mothers and grandmothers, might really appreciate it. [My father (now deceased) would have loved it - had great respect for both pregnancy and the Blessed Mother.] It helps you think about what the Holy Family had to endure. Could also be useful to explain the Nativity to small children. 10-01-08
Beautiful! This figurine is beautiful. Very hard to find anything, in the marketplace, that represents this side of Christmas. I cannot wait to display this piece. 09-15-08
Heirloom Quality I was thrilled to receive this Journey figurine. It is a beautiful, meaningful piece that I intend to leave on display year round in my home. Jim Shore has given us another heirloom piece of art. Thank you, Jim! 09-07-08
Awe inspiring When I opened the box and looked at the figurine, it brought tears to my eyes. It is beautiful and such a wonderful representation of the trip Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem. I love the way Mary is holding her hands over her belly were she was carrying Jesus. 08-31-08
Beautiful! There are many figurines of Joseph, Mary and Jesus but I have never seen one like this that recreates the journey to Bethlehem by a then pregnant Mary and her husband, Joseph. I love the statement at the bottom of the figurine also, "The Journey that Changed the World." All in all, for a person of faith, this is a beautiful reminder. I have ordered additional copies to give as gifts this Christmas. 08-29-08
Takes Your Breath Away I was wait listed and holding my breath in hopes that I would receive this! I received it yesterday and, omg, as my kids say, the beauty captured in this piece brings a tear to your eye . Everything about it is just beautiful! From the colors, to the way Mary is looking at her tummy in awe of the gift she holds inside. You can't go wrong. This Jim Shore piece left me breathless. Love it and will cherish it forever! 10-20-07
So Very Special I was thrilled to receive my Wait List order for the exquisite piece. It tells such a simple story in a very dignified way. Mary's head down, Joseph looking ahead - you can almost hear the hoofbeats of the donkey. The colors are beautifully done - good color but not garish - totally in keeping with the theme. Even the donkey is beautifully done with a nice design. Thank you Jim for bringing such feeling and caring to these pieces - they really are special. I can't wait to display this since I know everyone will be attracted to it. It is one of the most unique Heartwood Creek pieces I've even seen. Thanks QVC and Jim for a very special piece. Anyone considering it will absolutely not regret it. 10-19-07
unique work of art This is a beautiful piece by Jim Shore. I have not seen too many figurines of Mary as a pregnant woman so I purchased this as soon as I saw it and I am happy I did. I will keep this statue out year round. I like to think Mary has the motherly expression of a woman who has felt her child move within her and Joseph looks determined to guide her safely. It is very detailed from their faces right down to their sandaled feet, even the carvings on the donkey. You will not be disappointed with this work of art. 10-19-07
This is BEAUTIFUL I was so excited and pleased to get this beautiful piece. You will NOT be disappointed. It is so different and stately. It is just gorgeous. I put it on display as soon as I got it and I am leaving it out all year. 10-15-07
very beautiful and heart warming piece of art this piece that jim has done just touches my heart. it is sooooo well done. the expressions on mary and joseph's face are so intricate and real and the colors on the figurine are very vivid and bright!!!! if you are sad or had a bad day just look at this wonderful piece of art and i guarantee it will put a huge smile on your face. very dramatic piece of art jim.... thank you qvc for having such a wonderful artist such as jim shore on your program. qvc has made it so easy for their customers to buy beautiful art such as this and many more collectibles!!!!!! 10-13-07
Exceptional It is beautiful and so unique. Do not hestitate you won't be sorry. The detail is outstanding. Great job Jim as usual. Pattylyn 10-13-07
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