Independent Study Program

The Guild’s Board of Trustees created the Independent Study Program solely for the benefit of Fellow Members. The intent is to enable interested Fellow Members to pursue research projects consistent with the theme of “miniatures as an art form” by providing them with financial support in the form of a grant. The purpose of the award is to enable the recipient(s) to do research connected with a specific object, technique, material, or historical setting, or to expand the Fellow Member’s skills.

The Guild expects to receive some benefit as a result of the study grant. This could be in the form of teaching a class at the annual Guild Show, a Guild Study Program or the Guild School, a detailed article in The CUBE, a lecture at the annual Guild Show or the Guild School, a presentation (PowerPoint or video) for Guild use, or a donation of a piece to a Guild auction.

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2014 Recipients

Cristina Minischetti, Italy

"Thanks to the ISP I was able to learn Filato Mosaics, a technique developed in Italy in the 18th century to make micro mosaics, where the mosaics tiny tiles are made with a special glass that is fused, pulled in thin strands and cut in small pieces.

The class was taught by a master mosaicist from the Vatican City (Rome) where the technique was born and kept secret for centuries. "



Sylvia Mobley

Sylvia Mobley, USA

"I was able to travel from California to Florida to attend a Sculptural Felting class being taught by Deborah Pope at the NIADA conference . Deborah is an excellent teacher and I could not possibly live long enough to figure out on my own all that I learned with her.”

Past recipients of the Independent Study Grant:

Peter Kendall
Research on a counting house, Rhode Island

Lee-Ann Chellis Wessel
Study of Italian Majolica Pottery

Barbara Stanton
Development of etching techniques in miniature

Noel and Pat Thomas
Research on the aging of French structures over the centuries

Bonni Backe
Research in Norwegian double weave coverlets

Brooke Rothshank
Study of egg tempera painting technique

Ann High
Study French Medieval design and its influence on early English furniture

Carolyn Curran
Broaden her skills to use of metal clay

Hiroyuki Kimura
Observe, sketch and photograph a wide range of animals, including many uncommon species, for future reproduction in miniature

Sylvia Mobley
Learn sculptural felting techniques and adapt to a miniature scale; work with other sculptural mediums

Cristina Minischetti
Study “filati mosaic,” a different mini-mosaic technique