About Jim Shore

About Jim Shore

Jim Shore grew up in rural South Carolina, the son of artistic parents who instilled a love of the traditional imagery of American folk art. His grandmother was a master quilter who taught him an appreciation for the patience and skill required to bring intricate designs to life. Jim drew inspiration from these roots. Initially Jim pursued his art where and when he could. He studied engineering and received a degree in business, not art. He supported his young family as an engineer, honing his skills as a sculptor and painter in his spare time.

But Jim's passion was his art and after several false starts and financial setbacks he founded his own business, Designs Americana, to manufacture and market his designs. Within three years Designs Americana had over 350 employees and more orders than they could fill. In fact, the demands of managing Designs Americana made it difficult for Jim to concentrate on his art, so he partnered with Enesco, a worldwide leader in marketing gifts, collectibles and decorative accessories. In 2001 Jim and Enesco entered an agreement to create Heartwood Creek, the line of folk-art inspired accessories that has brought him world-wide fame.

Jim’s designs are now found in more than 25,000 stores worldwide. He is the number one artist personality on television sales giant QVC with over 360,000 individual consumers. More than 100,000 consumers search the web each month in search of Jim Shore products. In 2012 Jim and Enesco marked the 10th Anniversary of Heartwood Creek, celebrating a decade of partnership that has delighted millions and produced over $1.2 billion in retail sales. And his items are available in our store, today, so give it a look!

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