2021 Guild School

June 12-18, 2021     Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

36 Hour Classes

Please note that most of the 2021 classes were offered in 2020. School was cancelled for 2020 so they will be offered in 2021. Students who were registered in those classes have first priority for 2021. The classes that were full in 2020 are indicated by an F following the class title. This is tentative as those students may choose to select other classes or may not be able to attend school and thus open up a space.


INSTRUCTOR: Nell Corkin, Fellow
COURSE: Small Scale Structure/Mixed Media
PROJECT: The Petal Shop in 1:144 Scale

The undeniable charm and sturdy construction of halftimber buildings has made them a much loved part of the English landscape for hundreds of years. The Petal Shop is typical of an older half-timber building that was modified in Victorian times to serve as a shop, and is still in use.

This class will offer students the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques for working in 1:144 scale. Special emphasis will be placed on methods developed by the instructor to achieve a high level of detail as well as a realistic look in this small scale.

Students will construct the shop from 1/32" plywood, and learn how to modify a variety of purchased “N” scale castings to create the door and windows, as well as how to construct architectural details and furnishings from strip materials.

They will finish both the interior and exterior, using gesso, paint, “N” scale strip wood and cast resin fireplaces. They will finish the roof with textured paper “tiles” and add weathering effects to the cottage and roof using colored pencils.

The plants and flowers will be created using a variety of materials, with emphasis on creating an attractive, natural appearance. Students can reproduce the prototype plants and flower arrangements or may choose to make their own versions using the techniques demonstrated.

Students completing The Petal Shop will have gained knowledge of materials and methods for working on their own 1:144 scale projects. Because many of the same techniques can be used for working in other small scales, this will be a particularly good class for those wishing to learn ways to add detail to small scale landscapes.

time: 36 hours. Completion during class is possible. Students who may not finish will have all materials and information they need to complete the project at home.


SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate. No special skills are necessary for this project, but some experience with accurate measuring and cutting will be helpful.

MATERIALS FEE: $85 to be collected at school, with an optional fee of $35 for an original 1:144 porcelain cat on a hassock made by IGMA Fellow, Sylvia Mobley.

INSTRUCTOR: Beth Freeman-Kane, Fellow
COURSE: Box Framed Composition
PROJECT: Garden Fence

This project is a box frame composition, an ideal opportunity for anyone who loves to lose themselves in a bit of gardening! The old fence offers ample opportunity to indulge in wonderful wood toning and aging techniques. The scene also features discarded garden implements as well as a number of creatures making themselves at home in this setting. Students will construct a garden fence and work with paper clay and various landscaping materials to create the neglected patch of garden. All castings of birds and other creatures will be provided, and “life giving” paint techniques will be taught. There's lots of scope for individual composition arrangement and expression. Definitely a fun project; don’t miss out!

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: moto tool

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $70 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Gazmuri, Fellow
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: Chippendale Pie Crust Table

Few American furniture forms are more iconic than that of the tilt top table. These tables emerged as a new and unique  table form in the first half of the 18th century and soon adorned most parlors of the upper classes. They were made in various sizes with tops, columns, and legs in various shapes from painted country pieces to tables with detailed carvings. 

The table to be made in this class is a fine example of the Chippendale style. Cabriole legs terminate in ball and claw feet. There is a “C” scroll behind the knee and cascading leaves carved on top of the knee. The central pillar is turned on a lathe a portion of which is also carved. The round tabletop will be turned on a lathe and has a raised carved scalloped edge. The tilting mechanism will be made for the top. Final finishing will be discussed in class but done at home.

time: 36 hour.Completion is unlikely. However, students will have the necessary information and materials to complete the project on their own.

POWER TOOLS: lathe, milling machine, scroll saw


MATERIALS FEE: $80 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Jane Graber, Artisan
COURSE: Pottery
PROJECT: Early American-Inspired Redware and Stoneware: Classic Forms, from Throwing to Firing

This class is FULL.

Students will be taught basic throwing techniques using both a full size wheel (two available) and a mini wheel (one for each student). The new miniwheels have been designed and built by Jim Spencer, professor of engineering at Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. Assisting with mini-wheel techniques will be Jane’s niece, IGMA Artisan Maddie Gerig Shelly, who has specialized in their use.

Design parameters for the course will focus on traditional American pottery from the 1600’s to the 1800’s in both stoneware and redware. From start to finish, students will work on a variety of shapes and sizes, all 1" scale, including throwing basic forms such as jugs, crocks, pitchers, plates and more. Additional instruction will be provided for applying handles, making lids, and trimming pots. Photos of historical pottery will be used to reference work.

Decorative aspects will include painting on bisquefired stoneware with cobalt stain, and slip layering with incised carving (sgraffito). Numerous glazing options will be included. Student work will be fired using electric kilns.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.


SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate. It would be useful to have some experience with centering clay on a potter's wheel of any size.

MATERIALS FEE: $40 to be collected in advance of school. The new mini-wheels will be available for an optional fee of $250.

INSTRUCTOR: Bob Hurd, Artisan
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: Hoosier Cabinet

This class is FULL.

A Hoosier cabinet is a type of cupboard or free standing cabinet that is a kitchen workstation with ingredient and equipment storage. It was popular in the early 20th century since most houses did not have built in kitchen cabinetry. The Hoosier Manufacturing Company of New Castle, Indiana, was one of the earliest and largest manufacturers of this product, causing the term “Hoosier cabinet” to become a generic term for that type of furniture.

The piece selected for this class includes two doors with glass panes, five raised panel doors, four drawers, and a recessed wooden work surface that slides out when in use. Shelves are in the base and upper section. The back of the exposed portion of the upper cabinet has vertically mounted beaded boards. There are wooden knobs on the drawers, doors and work surface. The knobs will be provided.

This piece provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn traditional construction methods such as mortise and tenon joinery and rabbets that are common to many furniture pieces. Elements the students will learn how to make include the beaded boards, raised panel doors, drawers, and the installation of glass panes in the doors in the upper section. The finish is acrylic paint. Some paint colors will be provided, but students are welcome to bring any acrylic paint color of their choice. The appearance of the finished piece such as the degree of wear and distressing will be determined by the student’s creativity.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, drill press, milling machine

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $80 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Deb Mackie, Artisan
COURSE: Leather Crafting
PROJECT: Tooled Leather Trunk

Steamer Trunk? Victorian Memory Box? Pirate Treasure Chest? The possibilities are endless! Students may follow the sample pieces or create their own designs to customize it their way using the instructor’s extensive leather stamp collection. There will be several designs, leather colors and liners to choose from, with real brass hardware custom-made for this class!

Students begin with tooling patterns for the trunk lid and transfer it to undyed 3 oz. tooling leather. Various leather crafting techniques will be taught, such as tooling, stamping, embossing, faux stitching, skiving (thinning the leather), and adapting these methods for working in miniature. Dyeing, coloring and finishing techniques will be taught and applied to the leather.

Wooden pieces for the body, lid and tray of the trunk will be provided. After the box is lined and assembled, the tooled exterior pattern pieces, decorative metal bits, leather straps, decorative studs and brass hardware will be applied to finish the trunk.

time: 36 Hours. Completion is likely, depending on skill level.


SKILL LEVEL: All levels. No previous leather experience is necessary, but patience with tiny pieces is an advantage.

MATERIALS FEE: $85.00. All materials and leather tools will be provided for use in class, with option to purchase tools if students wish to keep them.

INSTRUCTOR: Mark Murphy, Fellow
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: Wainscot Chairs and Tavern Table

This class is FULL.

There are only two known examples of this Wainscot chair, one of them is in the Winterthur Museum collection in Winterthur, Delaware. It is a very rare form. There are many examples of Wainscot armchairs, but this is the only example of a Wainscot side chair that I have ever seen. It has a much more pleasing feel because it is much more delicate than the armchairs. It is believed to have been made in 1740 by John Bechtel (1690–1777) in Southeastern Pennsylvania, probably Germantown.

This class is designed as an intermediate class to help the student perfect their turning and joinery skills. As seen in the photographs there are many turned parts on the chairs and the table. Students will turn parts to make two chairs, concentrating on completing one of them in class and completing the second one at home. (A more skilled student may be able to complete both chairs during the week with a little outside of class work.) As the turnings are completed, students will make the mortises in the turnings and make the tenons on the stretcher pieces that will connect all of the turned pieces together to form the chair and table. Students will also learn how to make the molded back panel and bead trim. There is also a small amount of scroll work to be done on the front chair stretcher.

When the students have completed the construction of their chairs and table they will learn the instructor’s finishing techniques. Because of the drying time needed between each of the finishing processes, most of this will be completed at home.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, scroll saw, lathe, drill press, shaper

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $90 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Brooke Rothshank, Fellow
COURSE: Watercolor Painting and Gratitudes Practice
PROJECT: Tiny Gratitudes

“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful, its gratefulness that makes us happy.” These words by David Steindl-Rast challenge and inspire us to look at the world we live in with new eyes. Just as a painter learns to see her subject in ways that take time and thoughtfulness, learning to see gratefulness in our lives requires practice.

The Tiny Gratitudes class will be dedicated to creating beautiful and finely detailed watercolor paintings based on each student’s personal experience with finding gratitude. Students will start day one with a collective painting exercise and complete a minimum of 6 unique miniature watercolor paintings each within one-inch square during the week. These paintings will be based on daily gratitude themes including: flora, fauna, food/drink, friends, fond memories, and finding space. For example, a student could end the week with paintings of a potted succulent, their cat, a slice of birthday cake, a portrait of a loved one, a beloved childhood toy and a scene from one of their favorite places. Each student will select images to paint based on their own experience with help from the instructor.

Each day will include a morning gratitude journal exercise, a plein air painting experience, teacher demonstrations, and one-on-one student instruction and discussion with the instructor. Discussion will include the value of dedicated practice for our inner and outer creative lives.

Students will learn how to prepare and plan a painting using pencil and paper as well as Photoshop. They will learn miniature watercolor techniques experimenting with a variety of materials. Everyone will be encouraged to find new ways of seeing both personally and creatively. This will be a week to reset their perspective on a path of gratitude and energize their creative skills with a fun and personal project. There will be an option to frame a favorite painting in either a full-scale or miniature frame.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.


SKILL LEVEL: All skill levels are welcome. The primary requirement for this class is patience.

MATERIALS FEE: $40 to be collected at school. There is an optional fee of $20 for a miniature frame or for a 6" x 6" frame and mat.

INSTRUCTOR: Jeanne Rullie, Artisan
COURSE: Doll Making
PROJECT: Master Chef

This class is for a 1/12 scale polymer clay character doll of a standing man dressed as a chef for your pizza, pastry or bakery shop.

Students will begin by making “studies” of the lips, nose and ears in polymer clay to be used as examples for sculpting the face of their doll. The students will then make a clay impression from the instructor’s mold. The mold is of a basic face without expression or eyes and will be used in this class to save time, keep all dolls in scale and the features aligned. The instructor will then work with students to bring these simple faces to life by developing character and expression with additional sculpting. The eyes and ears will then be added and at this point it is assured that each doll will be unique and one of a kind. The hands will be entirely hand sculpted. Techniques for veining and knuckles will be taught. Legs will then be sculpted and shoes applied with colored polymer clay.

Once all the parts are complete and wired, the instructor will work with the students to create balance, allowing the doll to stand independently. Painting with Genesis paints will be an involved process requiring several steps with emphasis on painting the eyes.

Working from the instructor’s pattern for the chef coat and pants the dolls will then be costumed. Students will also make a traditional baker’s hat.

time: 36 hours. Completion during class is possible. Students who may not finish will have all materials and information they need to complete the project at home.


SKILL LEVEL: It should be possible for a beginner to have success in this class. Experience with polymer clay is suggested. Delicate hand painting and some hand sewing are required.

MATERIALS FEE: $70 to be collected in advance of school. Students should bring any miniature food item or utensil they wish to have their Master Chef hold.

INSTRUCTOR: Troy Schmidt, Fellow
COURSE: Wheel-Thrown Ceramics/Porcelain and Stoneware
PROJECT: Throwing Ceramic Miniatures

This class is FULL.

Students will be using a miniature potter’s wheel to explore different methods of forming ceramic vessels by centering, opening, pulling up clay walls and shaping with throwing sticks to achieve a final form. This is an enjoyable process and the instructor encourages students to experiment and try new things while having fun.

Beginning students will start with simpler forms such as planters, open bowls and vases while learning the basics of throwing and students with previous experience will proceed at their own rate to hone their skills while learning new methods to produce vessels with thinner walls and more complicated forms. Students will also learn different methods of finishing the bottoms of their pottery as well as attaching handles, carving vessel walls and making lids.

Once work has been bisque-fired, the students will learn to glaze their pottery choosing from an assortment of glazes that will serve as the final color and texture of the pot. Pieces will then be fired in an electric kiln. Sometimes things don’t come out of the kiln as intended so students will learn to address glaze problems and the potential of refiring some glaze mishaps.

This is an opportunity to learn to throw miniature pottery from an instructor who has been making miniature pottery for 27 years. Students will leave with finished pottery that they can put in their collection or use as accessories in their other miniature projects.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: moto tool

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $35 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Lidi Stroud, Artisan
COURSE: Air Dry Paper Clay
PROJECT: Secret Garden Vignette

Using gator board for the base structure, students will learn how to form brickwork, stone blocks, rubble fill and roof tiles using air dry paper clay. Students will work through painting and aging techniques which apply to paper clay and learn how to cover up any “oops” that might occur during the course of the workshop. The vignette measures 11”W x 10” H x 8” D.

Techniques for installing lighting in a gator board/ paper clay structure will also be shown. This is a very busy project, but a super fun one!

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.



MATERIALS FEE: $90 to be collected at school