The primary goal of The Guild is to promote fine miniatures as an art form, thus removing them from the category of crafts. This goal is achieved in various ways... all of them innovative and exciting! The Guild is a mixture of miniaturists, both collectors and artisans, who have much in common... an appreciation of fine miniatures. We are an organization which unites them both!
The International Guild of Miniature Artisans is a not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax deductable.
To Promote Miniatures as an Art Form
To Increase Awareness and Appreciation of High-quality Workmanship Through Public Education
To Recognize and Honor Qualified Artisans and Encourage Work of Highest Quality
To Encourage the Development of New Artisans
To Coordinate and Serve the Interests and Needs of the Artisan and Non-Artisan
*Objectives extracted from the Constitution of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans as amended in February 1997.
President – Bill Studebaker
1st Vice-President – Erin Carter
2nd Vice-President – Deb Mackie
3rd Vice-President – Natalia Frank
Treasurer – Bev Gelfand
Recording Secretary – Debi Weisler
Corresponding Secretary – Cindy Adams
P.O. Box 629
Freedom, CA 95019-0629
Tel (outside USA): 831-724-7974
3485 North Main Street
Soquel, CA 95073-2211
Tel: (831) 464-4638
28 Chateau Margaux
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Gallery of the Guild
Guild School Scholarship
Guild Study Program Coordinator, Colonial Williamsburg
All artists should hold themselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct, respecting each other’s creativity, skills and unique place in the world of miniatures. The following guidelines and standards for artists were written by a group of IGMA Artisans and Fellows based on real situations which have arisen in the course of sharing their beautiful work with the world. These guidelines answer many questions about how they feel about their work being copied and outline their wishes as to how they would like their work to be respected, given those various situations.
Inspiring others is often a part of the artist’s mission and each new artist should use such inspiration to develop his or her own signature form of miniature art.
Artists who teach their techniques expect their students will go on to use those techniques in the process of creating work that is distinctly the students’ own.
No artist should take a class and then teach that same class, which offers the same techniques as the original, using another teacher’s written/visual materials or patterns without express written permission from the original teacher.
No artist should copy the work of another artist and offer it for sale. To do so is disrespectful of fellow artists and may negatively impact the collector and student base the original artist has worked hard to build up over the years.
Mere copying does not truly benefit the person who is doing it. Copying what you love is a good way to learn; but the goal of learning is to stretch yourself, and use what you have learned to take the next step. Ultimately, artists should develop work that expresses their own creative vision, and offers something new to collectors.
A wise artist will keep a record of the pieces they have made.
Artistic work is protected by international copyright law from the time of its creation.
All creators of tangible work have a legal right to protect that work, and to ask that others refrain from making copies for sale. This includes miniaturizing the work of any other artist or company; including, but not limited to, miniaturized art, product design, packaging, advertising, logos, etc. If one didn’t create the design, then one must ask permission to use it if it is not in the Public Domain.
Appearance of a work on the internet does not mean it is in the Public Domain. When a work has entered the Public Domain, it means that all copyrights on that work have expired. Copyrights are usually in force until at least 50 years after the death of the holder.
By holding ourselves to the highest standards, we demonstrate the kind of respect and support for our fellow artists which benefits the miniatures world in general.
This code is not intended to be legal advice. If you have questions you should consult a copyright attorney.
Copyright and other intellectual law principles provide protections to those who create writings, photographs, music and other forms of artful expression.
IGMA expects its members to conduct their business in an honorable and professional manner and to adhere to copyright laws and principles. We encourage members to use their creativity and artistry in their creations, and do not condone members’behavior and/or actions that copy or otherwise infringe on the rights of others.
The Guild will not act as judge and jury in such issues, as these are legal in nature and cannot be judged by IGMA. If it is found in a court of law that a member of the Guild has breached the copyright laws, then The Guild will have the right to revoke that membership as stated in IGMA bylaws, Article 1. Section B. 4.1