Part of the mission of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans is to encourage work of the highest quality. The Independent Study Program is one of the ways they devised to accomplish that. Available to Fellow members of the Guild, the Independent Study Program offers financial assistance, in the form of a grant, to enable further research into an area the Fellow member may not have been able to explore otherwise. The research may be connected with a specific object, technique, material or historical setting and designed to increase skills, or provide further inspiration for the member’s work.
Over the past 12 years, grants have been awarded to 12 Fellow members for proposals ranging from the study of Italian Majolica pottery and Norwegian double weave coverlets, to the use of metal clay, and the study of egg tempera techniques.
Following the completion of their study, the recipient returns the favor to the Guild in some way; by offering a class or a presentation at a Guild function or by donating a piece to one of the Guild’s auctions. Proposals are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year. Visit the Education page on the IGMA website for more information.