If you’ve ever seen Jane Graber’s display at a miniature show you know the word ‘Gallery’ is a perfect description. Jane’s display looks a bit like a bookcase on who’s shelves are set up the most visually enticing little scenes. Pieces of rustic furniture (also for sale) provide the backdrop for arrangements of her wonderful stoneware and redware pottery. Other little accessories made by friends and family accent the displays and provide further temptation for shoppers. It is a rare show, that I don’t walk away from Jane’s table without purchasing something.
Jane, an Artisan member of IGMA, is one of the artists that we are very happy to have as a dealer at the 35th Anniversary Guild Show this August. Scheduling conflicts and a major move in 2013 have kept her from our salesroom in recent years, but she’ll be back this year, and I am already wondering what treasures I might find.
Jane’s very reasonably priced pieces have made her one of the more popular dealers, almost
everyone can afford something of hers. But, like many artists, Jane doesn’t stop exploring her craft and is willing to entertain special requests. A couple of shows back I discovered a couple of barber’s bowls on her table, a little excess production from a special request she’d been working on. If you’re lucky, she’ll have some of her beautiful salt-glazed pieces available, or even a few Arts and Crafts style vases and bowls in lovely shades of green.
It sounds like an essay you had to write in elementary school, after returning from summer vacation, doesn’t it?
The International Guild of Miniature Artisans is celebrating 35 years of existence this year! There will be a plethora of festivities at the Guild Show this August, and we’d like a part of those festivities to include contributions from our members about what the Guild has meant to them.
When I first heard about the Guild, it was in regards to their fantastic show, where I found amazing miniatures for sale. I wanted to be a part of that, so I honed my craft and applied for Artisan to get my name out there and to begin establishing a reputation for my work. It was several years after that before I got to a place where I felt Guild School was a possibility and well, that just opened up the doors to me. I suspect that Guild School will be a pretty big part of what the Guild means to many people.
If I had to distill it down to a few words, I think I’d say the Guild has opened a world of possibilities to me.
What has it meant to you? Send your words, and/or pictures via e-mail to pat at prminiatures dot com; they may become part of our 35th Anniversary Celebration at the Guild Show in August!
There are two kinds of dealers at miniature shows, those who make what they sell, and those who represent the makers, selling the work of a specific artist, or multiple artists.
The Guild Show Committee is extremely happy to have Karon Cunningham as a dealer at our 35th Anniversary Show this coming August. Karon has a very discerning eye and represents a wonderful and varied selection of artists from around the world. When she’s at home her inventory lines the shelves
of a free-standing shop behind her Wiltshire home, and when its time to head out to the next show, Karon works through her inventory, selecting and packing up pieces that you are unlikely to see on any other dealers’ tables. So, what are you looking for? A tiny straight-edged razor? A 17th century ladies powdered and bouffant wig? Stop by Karon’s table, you just might find it there.
And, if you’re ever in the U.K., near her home town of Bath, give her a ring and set
up a time to visit that magical little studio behind her home…she’ll even provide tea and ‘nibbles’!