IGMA Guild School 2015

October 12th, 2014


It’s arrived! – My catalogue of classes for the 2015 IGMA Guild School

While I was attending the IGMA show in Teaneck in August this year, I decided to register for their Guild school which takes place each year in June at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, America.

It’s a whole week of classes being taught by some of the most amazing artists, not only from America but from as far away as South Africa, Japan, England and Europe.

Castine is the Science and Engineering college that trains the professional sailors in the US merchant Navy!   Every June it is then taken over by hundreds of miniaturists from around the World!   Surreal or what?  However, I am really looking forward to the experience, “Yo ho ho and a bottle of Chardonnay”!

My biggest problem now is deciding which classes to take. In the past I’ve only made miniatures from kits in the seclusion of my own home where no-one can see my mistakes.  But this week is where you are shown how to do various things by the experts themselves.  They will be there on hand to guide and show you through each step, and hopefully I will come away at the end of it with something to be proud of.

Classes are chosen at random so I have to list 3 in 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice. I’ve gone for 12 hour classes to get the chance of trying out 3 different mediums. Piracy, Wrecking and Pearl diving! Only joking.

I hope mine look half as good as these! I wonder which classes I going to get?


Ann High – 17th Century carved spice cupboard


Bill Studebaker – Eastlake Easel


Kazuko Nakamura – Elements of baskets


Jeannie Lindquist – Spring flowers


Miyuki Kobayashi – Fish tanks


Hiroyuki Kimura – Bonsai plants


Daniela Kiefhaber – Degas’ Little Dancer


Beth Freeman-Kane – Egg basket


Pete Boorum – Wooden boxes

If you are interested in finding out more about what the Guild School has to offer, check out their website at http://www.igma.org/guild_school/index.html

The random lottery draw takes place on November 12th – the suspense is killing me!

I’ll let you know what I’m doing later.



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