2022 Guild School

June 11-18, 2022 - Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

12 Hour Classes

Diane Almeyda - Enameled Metal Garden Gnomes
Jeanie Anderson - Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Jeanie Anderson - Mid-Summer Forest Cake
Pia Becker - Auricula
Pia Becker - Peonies
Pia Becker - Poppies and Cornflowers
Pete and Pam Boorum - Beyond Basic Boxes
Annelle Ferguson - Needlepoint Seat Cover for a Corner Chair
Daniela Kiefhaber - Stumpwork Mirror
Hillary Lee - Shepherd’s Hook and Hanging Basket
Iulia Chin Lee - Painted Bowls
Sun Lemmens - Chandelier “Anja”
Chris Malcomson - Victorian Parquetry Sewing Box, c. 1860
Marcia McClain - Chippendale Sofa
Marcia McClain - Slip-Covered Chair
Mary Grady O’Brien - A Gift from the Sea: A Sailor’s Valentine Box
Sue Veeder - “Coastal Light” Original Painting

INSTRUCTOR: Diane Almeyda, Artisan
COURSE: Metal/Glass Enameling
PROJECT: Enameled Metal Garden Gnomes

Whimsical gnomes for garden or room decor make for a fun learning experience and colorful addition to a garden, conservatory, or greenhouse.

These will be sawn from copper and enameled with vitreous enamels in a kiln. Important skills transferable to many miniature undertakings will be taught, including sawing with a jeweler’s saw and copper enameling in a kiln. Details will be painted on with enamel watercolor paints and fired into the base for an everlasting finish. Students will be able to follow provided examples or use their own creativity for detail. Anyone can succeed and enjoy this class.

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is likely. Time should allow for several to be made in the class.

POWER TOOLS: flex shaft

SKILL LEVEL: Beginning and intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $55 to be collected in advance of school

INSTRUCTOR: Jeanie Anderson, Artisan
COURSE: Polymer Clay Food
PROJECT: Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Tempt your dollhouse denizens or mini sweet shop customers with gorgeous, juicy strawberries dipped in and decorated with white, milk, and dark chocolate. They will be enticingly displayed on a beautiful two-tiered glass stand that will enhance any mini scene.

Students will learn how to create realistic detail on the strawberries using texturing and coloring techniques, and then "paint" with liquid clay to achieve a smooth, dipped-in-chocolate look. They'll then experiment with several decorating styles to add even more delicious details such as drizzled chocolate and tiny tuxedos!

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $45 to be collected at school. Included in the class materials will be a strawberry mold and a custom-made calyx form for making the otherwise quite fiddly leafy part of the berry.

INSTRUCTOR: Jeanie Anderson, Artisan
COURSE: Polymer Clay Food
PROJECT: Mid-Summer Forest Cake

You may have heard of a Yule log (or bûche de Noël)— a cream-filled Swiss roll cake typically served in many European countries during the holidays. But why wait for winter to enjoy the delicious frosted confection? Celebrate summer in the deep woods by decorating this cake with candy ferns and two types of fondant mushrooms.

Students will learn several useful techniques, such as working with spreadable polymer clay, using molds, and piping. They will go home with detailed instructions, mushroom molds and a gorgeous finished piece to display.

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $30 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Pia Becker, Artisan
COURSE: Flowermaking
PROJECT: Auricula

In this class students will learn how to make auriculas by customizing punches and hand cutting the leaves and assembling everything in a botanically correct way. Painting is very important and detailed in this class. Students don’t have to stick to the color of the prototypes but can choose their own preference. In the end, students will arrange the auricula in a provided pot.

This class is an addition to Pat Richards’ “Garden Wall Vignette” (the auricula theater) but of course both classes can also be attended separately.

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate and advanced. Good eyesight and steady hands are required.

MATERIALS FEE: $25 to be collected at school.

INSTRUCTOR: Pia Becker, Artisan
COURSE: Flowermaking
PROJECT: Peonies

In this class students will learn how to make peonies. Students will learn how to cut punches into the required shapes to make beautiful peony blossoms as well as hand cutting all leaves and coloring all by hand. Different blooming stages will be taught and students can, of course, choose their favorite color.

The techniques are transferable to many other plants and flowers and tips and tricks will be given by the instructor. In the end, students will arrange the peonies either in a provided pot or a vase. Use of own pots can be discussed with instructor prior to class.

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate and advanced. As many very small parts will be cut, good eyesight and steady hands are required.

MATERIALS FEE: $25 to be collected at school of school

INSTRUCTOR: Pia Becker, Artisan
COURSE: Flowermaking
PROJECT: Poppies and Cornflowers

It’s summer time and time for poppies! Those amazing red flowers are always a joy to look at. Blue cornflowers are a perfect addition to them. Students will learn how to hand cut the petals and leaves and color them by hand. In the end everything will be arranged on a small landscaping piece. If preferred, students can also arrange them in a vase or pot, a variety of them will be provided for purchase.

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate and advanced. As many very small parts will be cut, good eyesight and steady hands are required.

MATERIALS FEE: $20 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Pete and Pam Boorum, Artisans
COURSE: Woodworking
PROJECT: Beyond Basic Boxes

The selection of boxes will include some special-purpose boxes and some which are generally decorative, but will be sure to find their special place and possibly special contents.

Primarily centered on the table saw, students will explore various methods of joinery, including rabbets, miters and finger joints. Parquetry and inlay will decorate some, and others will rely on figured wood for eye appeal. Lids will vary as well, from a simple press-fit, sliding lid or applied hinges.

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, moto tool, shaper

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

MATERIALS FEE: $40 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Annelle Ferguson, Fellow
COURSE: Needlepoint
PROJECT: Needlepoint Seat Cover for a Corner Chair

The corner chair is often associated with American chair-making but not to any particular region. At the close of the 17th century, the form first appeared in Colonial America. An important function of these special pieces of furniture were to be used as desk chairs. All corner chairs (or roundabout chairs) have an “elbow” between the arm and back rail. The open fronts often served to accommodate the long, full skirts of women and the flaring coats of the men, as well as their swords.

Referring to pictures/copies of actual antique seat coverings, students will design and chart their pattern on graph paper, followed by needlepointing that design on #56 silk gauze using silk threads. If they wish, students may select to work on #48/#50 silk gauze for their design. A partial chart will be available for those not wanting to design their own seat pattern. Discussions will include the process of setting up the project, color selections and adapting original needlework designs into 1/12 scale. Although the chart will be completed by weeks end, the needlepoint seat cover will not be completed.

As an option, the finished seat cover can be upholstered to a 1/12 scale circa 1750 Philadelphia style corner chair, especially designed and created for this class by IGMA Fellow, Mark Murphy. The turned stiles and bluster shaped solid back splats are typical of late baroque style.

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is unlikely. However, students will have the necessary information and materials to complete the project on their own.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate and advanced. Students need the ability to see #56 silk gauze and feel comfortable working on that count. Magnification and additional lighting is highly recommended.

MATERIALS FEE: $20 to be collected at school. There is an optional fee of $165, a special price for this class, for the Mark Murphy corner chair.

INSTRUCTOR: Daniela Kiefhaber, Artisan
COURSE: Textiles
PROJECT: Stumpwork Mirror

Stumpwork embroidery is a raised embroidery form, which was very popular in the 1700s. Some of the embroidered elements are padded for a 3D effect and numerous stitches and different techniques are used. After working on a sampler to learn the different techniques for embroidery and needle lace, students will work on their individual design, which can be based on an historic example or could be an interpretation with historic elements. It is a very different and interesting embroidery technique, which is still very popular today. The result is a very unique piece and surely an eye catcher in every collection.

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is unlikely. However, students will have the necessary information and materials to complete the project on their own.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $25 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Hillary Lee, Artisan
COURSE: Metalwork and Decorative Elements
PROJECT: Shepherd’s Hook and Hanging Basket

Got plants? Maximize your garden space with this shepherd’s hook and hanging basket.

In this class, students will hammer and shape a shepherd’s hook curl using a scaled-down version of a blacksmith’s anvil; form the arch using a jig; then braze the shaft into a stabilizing base. Although the base can be painted and set on a miniature patio as is, students will get a static grass-covered mound to saw and carve with a hot wire to make a cover for the base.

Students will twist and bend wire to form the basket, sew the liner using a pattern, wet form the liner to fit the basket, attach tiny chain to the basket rim, and hang it from the shepherd’s hook. Prepare your liner for planting, add your plants, and voilà! Your floral creation is ready to add charm to any setting. (Plants are NOT included in this class.)

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: sander, flex shaft

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $40 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Iulia Chin Lee, Artisan
COURSE: Turning and Painting Wooden Objects
PROJECT: Painted Bowls

How lovely this project will be! To make little bowls for your room setting when you need porcelain bowls and can’t find them to suit your need at the miniature show. Students are going to turn small bowls and paint them to look like porcelain.

This course is an introduction to the basic techniques of bowl turning in wood. It consists of basic wood-turning and bowl-hollowing. The students will gain an understanding and familiarity with turning tools and their proper use. The instructor will teach students how to create the contours and shapes for bowls. While basic and bowl turning techniques are taught in the class, how to prime and paint wood turnings will be highlighted for this project.

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: lathe

SKILL LEVEL: Beginning and intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $$40 to be collected at school. Sorby Turning Tool Set is recommended. The instructor will purchase tools for students on request. Sorby Micro Turning Tool Set $150 of school

INSTRUCTOR: Sun Lemmens, Artisan
COURSE: Mixed Media
PROJECT: Chandelier “Anja”

Crystals and light…a wonderful combination! This little chandelier is designed to give a maximum sparkle effect in any dollhouse with five burning candles. Students will learn how to make this lovely lamp from beads and gold-plated ornaments. These ornaments are soldered together. Learning to solder safely is part of the class. Students will be shown how to fix the candles and how to work all the wires together inside a small space, and work them back to two wires. They will be shown how to work with powdered gold leaf, and to decorate a lamp with crystals and porcelain flowers. Students will learn how to use long-lasting Nal-LEDs, a special type of LED, and receive an explanation about electricity in a dollhouse.

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: soldering iron

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $80 to be collected at school. There will be additional Nal-LED system supplies available for an optional fee. The lighting used in this chandelier is compatible with all other kinds of dollhouse lighting.

INSTRUCTOR: Chris Malcomson, Artisan
COURSE: Furniture Construction/Parquetry
PROJECT: Victorian Parquetry Sewing Box, c. 1860

Sewing boxes come in a dizzying array of different shapes and sizes. Some are quite simple in design, but others were much more elaborate. They were an essential tool in an age where things were made by hand at home. This example comes from a period when many new and exotic woods were coming in from all over the empire. The walnut panels are bordered with complex parquetry work, polished to a rich golden color.

Students will first assemble a dovetailed box before moving on to the complex veneer work. They’ll be learning many parquetry techniques including handmade cross bandings, as well as hinging and fitting out the box. The approximate measurements are 7/8" H x 1 1/8" W x 1" D. The class will be very informative and most importantly, great fun.

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: drill press

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

MATERIALS FEE: $40 to be collected at school of school

INSTRUCTOR: Marcia McClain, Artisan
COURSE: Upholstery
PROJECT: Chippendale Sofa

This Chippendale sofa has a reverse serpentine back, flared arms, single seat cushion and fluted legs made by Pam Boorum. Chippendale’s work covered a wide variety of design styles and this is more towards the later part of his life. Students will have a large selection of fabrics to choose from prior to their arrival at Guild School, working with the instructor by email and photos. It would be lovely treated formally or casually. Two pillows are included.

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

MATERIALS FEE: $75 to be collected at school, includes finished, handmade legs by IGMA Artisan, Pam Boorum.

INSTRUCTOR: Marcia McClain, Artisan
COURSE: Upholstery
PROJECT: Slip-Covered Chair

This chair is designed to look as if it were a slip-covered, upholstered goose neck arm chair. Many comfortable lounge chairs deserve extra life by being slip-covered for more use or moved to a different location in the home, requiring a new look. Students can get great results with that thought in mind. A large selection of fabrics and trims are available for the students’ creation. The instructor will contact students prior to arrival at Guild School for fabric selection through email and photos. One pillow is included.

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

MATERIALS FEE: $35 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Mary Grady O’Brien, Fellow
COURSE: Folk Art Painting and Shell Work
PROJECT: A Gift from the Sea: A Sailor’s Valentine Box

This project began with a fascination with sailor’s valentines, followed by an interest in Victorian shell work. Much is determined by the availability of tiny shells. The idea of painting some larger shells was intriguing, hence this project came together. The image is a charming print of a young lad climbing the mast probably to declare "ship ahoy or land ahead."

The instructor decided on a blue and white theme similar to Delft tiles, reflecting sea and sky.

Now if a student prefers to paint their own seascape at home before class, the instructor can provide an ivorine panel that can be added to their box at school.

Students will first practice decorating some larger shells to develop painting skill and ideas.

This is intended to be a relaxing class to gather ideas for other artful expression using other gifts from the sea.

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $65 to be collected in school

INSTRUCTOR: Sue Veeder, Fellow
COURSE: Heat Set Oil Painting
PROJECT: “Coastal Light” Original Painting

The instructor has long been mesmerized by the sound of waves on the shore. This original oil painting by the instructor is adapted from a photograph. The setting sun is turning the waves, rocks and shoreline into varied shades of gold, contrasting with the blues of the water and sky. Just lovely!

Students will learn how to make and prepare a canvas (ready made canvases will be supplied); to grid a painting; to choose colors and mix them from a limited palette; and to use various strokes for waves, rocks and clouds. The beauty of Genesis heat set oil paints is that they are non-toxic and have no fumes; and never dry unless set with heat!

TIME: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner and immediate

MATERIALS FEE: $60 to be collected at school. Frames may be available for a nominal fee.