H18791

Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Set of 10 Mini Nativity Set

Description
Re-enact that blessed, holy night with this exquisite nativity set. The stable and figurines are decorated with intricate multicolored quilt-like patterns and rosemaling details sure to complement your holiday decor. From the Heartwood Creek Collection by Jim Shore.

Includes:

  • Mary figurine
  • Joseph figurine
  • Baby Jesus figurine
  • Three kings figurines
  • Shepherd figurine
  • Lamb figurine
  • Donkey figurine
  • Stable
  • Made of stone resin to resemble handcarved wood
  • Approximate measurements: Mary 3"H; Joseph 4-1/2"H; Baby Jesus 1-1/2"H; Kings 4-1/2"H; Shepherd 4"H; Lamb 1-1/4"H; Donkey 2"H; Stable 8"H x 8-1/2"W x 3-3/4"D
  • 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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love, Love, LOVE this!!!!! I am a huge fan of Jim Shore and have wanted a few of his nativity's in the past, but usually can not afford them. This mini set is just lovely! I love that none of his typical creativity and design was sacrificed in the smaller size! I am quite pleased!!!!! 01-12-10
special to me Lovely and perfect in small spaces where you want a touch of Christmas. 12-16-09
10 STARS !!!!! Jim Shore's work is absolutely beautiful. I started collecting pieces of his work many years ago at a Hallmark store but I am thrilled QVC is now offering them. My first purchase was this same nativity but in the larger version. When I saw this one on QVC I had to have it and I also sent one to my son and his new family. The pieces are just as exquisite as the larger version. I would have preferred an angel figurine rather than an angel carved into one of the figurines so I purchased an angel ornament that looks beautiful with this nativity. For those who already own a nativity this one is still a must have. It is the perfect size for a mantel, coffee table, etc. 12-12-09
Outstanding!!!!! I just received this today....Jim Shore has out done himself on this set....the serene look on the baby's face is outstanding! It is just the perfect size for my small four feet tree...I think this set will be left out all year long! Beautiful...absolutely beautiful. Jim thank you for doing this smaller set. I love it!!! 12-04-09
Out did himself! Jim Shore has out did himself! I ordered this earlier and just opened it today. It is all I wanted and more!! It is so pretty!! I am so glad I ordered it. I wasn't going to get it and then decided I needed to buy it for "myself"! And I am so glad I did! This will be something that will be handed down generation after generation! It is the perfect size to sit underneath my Christmas tree! You will not be disappointed if you order this!! I love it! 11-28-09
Absolutely beautiful I wanted this nativity set from the first time i saw it and my daughter surprised me with it as a christmas gift. I put it out last christmas and it was so pretty. I set mine by a lighted two foot christmas tree with pine boughs around it and it was so pretty with the lights shining on it. Buy this you will not be disappointed. 11-08-09
Fantastic ! I have been looking at this nativity for some time and finally decided to get it. Am I soo glad that I did. It is soo beautiful. The detail on the figures are so detailed. The photos you have on the webpage don't do the nativity justice. it is soo much better in person. Thanks again Mr. Shore for another great item. 11-05-09
LOVELY!! I AM THRILLED I FINALLY GOT THIS SET!! THE DETAIL, AS WITH ALL JIM SHORE ART WORK IS EXCELLENT! THE SIZE IS PERFECT FOR MY MANTEL! I CANT WAIT TO SET IT UP FOR CHRISTMAS! I LIKE THE FIRST REVIEWERS IDEA OF ADDING AN ANGEL. I AM GOING TO DO THAT TOO! I HEARD MR. SHORE SPEAK ABOUT NOT ADDING AN ANGEL TO THE SET BECAUSE HE PUT THEM IN THE DESIGNS OF THE OTHERS COSTUMES BUT I REALLY WANT AN ANGEL IN THE SET! 11-05-09
LOVELY NATIVITY 3 years ago, this set was offered as a OTO and it came in and went out in the snap of your fingers. I was so happy as I was one of the blessed ones that got this at that time. The figures are a wonderful size to put on an end table or on your mantle or maybe in the middle of your dining room table. I added some trees and a small Jim Shore angel (sized to hang on a Christmas tree) as there is not one included in the set, and she seemed like an important piece, in my mind. The detail and the love put into Mr Shore's work always overwhelms me and this set is important in what it represents besides. Check out the beautiful but simple halo on Baby Jesus's head and you'll understand what I mean... One thing that I did, and you may not need to, but I marked in the styrofoam where each piece goes, as I could not, for the life of me, figure it out when I went to put the pieces away. This could be a lovely gift or maybe a treasure to pass on down to your own children someday, it's that special... 10-26-09
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