The first Willow Convention was held in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1986. In attendance were “85 members and their spouses from 25 different states and Canada.” The event was sponsored and organized by The Willow Society, a Toronto-based willow organization with collectors from the U.S., Canada, England and Australia. A second convention was held in Little Rock, Arkansas, in July of 1987.

At the 1988 convention in Chicago, members voted to separate from The Willow Society, renaming themselves the International Willow Collectors. Annual conventions have since been held throughout the U.S.

IWC is proud of its history and the many collectors who have been and who still are members. As host to the annual convention, attendees still remain amazed at all the never-before-seen examples of willow showcased during the event.

  Our conventions and themes:

  1st Cincinnati 1986 No Theme
  2nd Little Rock 1987 Any Color But Blue
  3rd Chicago 1988 Willow Other than China
  4th Dallas 1989 Red, White and Blue Willow
  5th Cleveland 1990 Children's Willow and Miniatures
  6th Nashville 1991 Victorian England
  7th Paducah 1992 Kitchen Willow
  8th Traverse City 1993 Paper Willow
  9th Hyannis 1994 Old World Influences on
American Potteries
  10th Dayton 1995 Tin
  11th Sarasota 1996 Wild, Weird and Wacky
  12th Chicago 1997 Willow Linens
  13th Nashville 1998 Children and Willow
  14th Richmond 1999 Bed and Bath
  15th Dayton 2000 Teapots
  16th Philadelphia 2001 Willow Odyssey
  17th Jacksonville 2002 Make Mine Multi-colored
  18th Philadelphia 2003 De-ja-vue - Red, White & Blue
  19th Indianapolis 2004 Willow Makes the World
go 'Round
  20th Cincinnati 2005 The Legend Continues
  21th San Antonio 2006 My Favorite Willow Things
22nd
Harrisburg/
Hershey 2007

Willow is My Cup of Tea
23rd
Tunica 2008
Lucky Willow
24th
Des Moines 2009
American Willow-In the Home and Heartland of the USA

25th
Cincinnati 2010
Silver Bells-Christmas in July

26th
St. Louis 2011
St. Louis Blues

27th
Harrisburg 2012
A Love Story

28th
Jackson 2013
Teapots & Trains...West Tennessee Traditions

29th
Indianapolis 2014
International Tea Party

30th
Dallas 2015
Willow Meets Western

 
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