Of course the Guild’s message is most strongly evident at our own show where the Guild mission is front and center across the entire event, but in order to get our message to the widest possible audience, IGMA also maintains a presence at other shows. At the Chicago International Show, Tom Bishop very kindly assists us by providing time and space at what might be the world’s largest dollhouse miniatures event, its certainly the largest in the United States. This year the Chicago International runs from April 21-23, with workshops held in the days preceding the show. The Guild adds to the show’s list of events with a gala auction, an introductory presentation, a membership table and a sales gallery stocked with pieces created by its Artisan and Fellow members.
Friday night’s gala auction will feature many one of a kind pieces donated by Guild members and a lively repartee between the audience and the auctioneer, this year that will be Bill Robertson holding the gavel. When two bidders are determined to come out on top, the bidding can soar, but many items are had for very reasonable prices and its a great place to find vintage treasures.
Saturday evening the Guild presentation comes at the end of sales hours and offers an introduction to the Guild and its many programs. The presentation wraps up with a look at Guild School, complete with photos and a brief panel discussion by teachers, students and guests about the whole school experience.
The IGMA membership table and the Gallery of the Guild tables can be found in the center aisle of the Blue Ballroom. The Guild Administrator, Carol Hardy and Guild School Director, Barbara Davis will be there to answer questions on the organization and school. Carol Block and other volunteers will be behind the Gallery table, ready to help you select from the amazing work of Guild members.
If a solid week of classes in Castine doesn’t fit your schedule or your budget, perhaps a class at the Guild Show this September will prove to be just the ticket. Ranging in length from a few hours to a few days, the classes at the 2017 Guild Show offer instruction in a wide range of media, including sculpting, woodworking, textiles and room settings among others, and in scales from 1/12th down to 1/144th scale.
Detailed information on classes and registration is currently posted on the IGMA website. Printed brochures containing information on all Guild Show events will be mailed to Guild members
in the coming weeks and will be available to everyone at upcoming shows beginning with the Chicago International in April. But, in this case, registration is first come first served, so if it sounds like something you’d be interested in, check it out before classes start to fill!
Its not often that miniatures hit the national stage, but this month, you can read about one of our IGMA Fellow members in the pages of O Magazine.
After starting out in large scale ceramics, Jon Almeda made the switch to miniatures about 15 years ago and has never looked back. Self taught, he has continued to push the boundaries of his craft, experimenting with shapes and glazes, making his own tools and even creating a miniature, and portable, pottery wheel. Check out his Instagram account where you can enjoy videos of Jon, having taken his portable wheel to a remote location, and watch him creating his stunning pots with a dramatic backdrop of sun, clouds and sea. I venture a guess that these wonderful videos have caught the eye of many event planners, for not only is he features in Oprah’s magazine, one of his videos shows Jon at a New York fashion show, throwing pots as models create fashionable tableaus in the room around him.