You do not have to be an Artisan or Fellow member of IGMA in order to be a dealer at the Guild Show – in fact, you can, at least once, be a dealer without even being a member of the Guild. Julie Stevens, the artist behind Silver Beak Studio will be a dealer at the Guild Show this year as she has been many times in the past, and if pressed on the point, Julie may just admit that she happens to be an Artisan member twice over! Julie received Artisan recognition for her work in metal recently, several years after having achieved the same elevation in membership for her work in porcelain.
I first met Julie at a small show in Massachusetts and marveled at a tiny porcelain nativity she had on her display along with beautiful vases and other pieces of decorative porcelain in 1/12 scale. Later I learned that she also sculpts a wide variety of parrots, turtles, the occasional alligator and other small mammals in porcelain, too. That she possesses a distinct fondness for exotic birds and animals may explain why they pop up in her work. At the show you will see some of Julie’s wonderful 1/12 scale penguins and tiny little hedgehogs. Several of her porcelain hedgehogs reside in my Victorian kitchen, keeping them free of any miniature creepy crawlies that might dare to invade.
Having taken up turning in both metal and wood has greatly increased the variety of items Julie regularly has on her table at shows. You may expect to see a lovely selection of silver and brass work, turned candlesticks, cake stands, vases and urns as well as the occasional walking stick which combines both turned wood and metal. And, if she happens to be wearing an interesting piece of jewelry, ask her if she made it, she’s been branching out beyond miniatures lately.