Each year, the Show brings together more than 100 U.S. and international artisans and dealers, including a number of I.G.M.A. Artisans and Fellows. They offer collectors unique, well-crafted 1-inch, 1/2-inch, and 1/4-inch scale miniatures from around the world.

Friday, August 10, 2018

2018 Show Preview

Dealer Peter Acquisto, Acquisto Silver

An IGMA Fellow in Silversmithing, Pete Acquisto has been making beautiful 1:12 scale silver and gold reproductions since the 1980s. Based in Arizona, Pete has attended Good Sam for more than 30 years. He is continually producing new and exciting miniature silver masterpieces. Each one is an objet d'art. Web: http://www.AcquistoSilver.com

Silver Victorian Pickle Castor, with glass by Ferenc Albert. 1:12 scale.

Dealer Fern Vasi Dolls

An IGMA Artisan, Fern Vasi creates captivating 1:12 scale porcelain character dolls of all ages and from all walks of life. Each tells a story with its distinctive costuming, body language, and varied emotions. Do stop by Fern's table. Her figures are sure to bring a smile to your face.
Email: fernvasidolls@yahoo.com

"Trying on his new look" is a humorous scene that showcases a hairdresser fitting a gorilla with a classical French white wig, complete with feathers.

Dealer Roberta Solari, Le Miniature Di Eurosia, Italy

Roberta Solari creates decorated tiles and decorated terracotta Tuscany pottery. She makes distressed wood-with-wire sideboards, tables, garden potting benches, distressed wire birdcages, and many other fabulous distressed decorative wire accessories.

Low distressed wood table with single candle and other items. Separate small tin tray. Pair of white pumpkin candles.

Dealer Sandra Wall Rubin

Sandra Wall Rubin is an IGMA Fellow and a master at creating unique miniature floral arrangements. Her inspiration often comes from 17th century Dutch masters paintings. Sandra's processes are numerous, as she uses a variety of conventional--and unconventional--materials.

Beautiful ikebana arrangements inspired by floral arrangements of 16th century Dutch masters. Note: Ikebana is the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging.

Dealer Troy Schmidt, Red Dragon Pottery

Troy Schmidt of Red Dragon Pottery is known for his creations of exceptional quality wheel-thrown porcelain artwork in 1-inch scale. Each piece is individually handcrafted on a full size potter's wheel. In detailed miniature, Troy creates replicas of historic ceramic styles as well as modern art for miniature museums and collectors.  He is known for constructing a diverse assortment of pottery shapes and styles. Web: www.reddragonpottery.com
Blue Celadon Group: A soft grey-blue celadon glaze that highlights any texture and carving on the porcelain.
White/Green Japanese Celadon Group: The formula for this recipe was given to me by Harvey Young a potter from Mashiko, Japan.  While conducting a workshop at our Santa Barbara studio in the 1990's he reformulated one of his glazes so we could use our local ingredients - this glaze was the result.
Shino Group: This is an orange American variant of a glaze group that had it origins in 16th century Japan and was at that time typically white with orange edge highlights.  Over time it has evolved to include a group of glazes that range from white to orange (sometimes with gray/black speckling).

Black and Gold Group: A metallic Semi-Matt Black glaze of my own formulation highlighted with bright gold luster in 22K

Crackle Group: A delicate Asian inspired glaze which appears ancient and timeless at the same time.

Dealer Deb Laue, Dragonfly International

Dragonfly International is where-to-go for supplies and kits to make jewelry, hats, hatboxes, purses, toys, trunks, gift boxes, and much more. Deb Laue carries a fine selection of leathers, laces, trims, fabrics and flocking. She also has mannequins, display busts and stands for the do-it-yourself miniaturist. Her first-rate crafter tools are "must have."
Web: www.dragonflyintl.com

Dealer Debbie Young, Young at Heart

Long-time dealer Debbie Young offers quarter-scale kits. Most are reproductions of actual houses. Over the years, she and her husband Jeff have created more than 100 different house kits. They also make quarter-scale individual room and whole house furniture kits.  This year, Debbie is offering a pre-registered Friday Workshop. Web: http://youngatheartminiatures.com

Oct. 12 Friday Workshop, "¼-inch Gothic Display House."

Dealer Alvin & Rose Schulz, A&R Miniatures

Alvin & Rose Schultz specialize in LED lighting and sound accents. Their line includes working Televisions, Holiday pillar candles, Caldrons (with or without sound), Christmas trees, Wizard’s Tables, Thunder and Lightning, Flickering log sets (with or without sound) and Mantels. They also do custom LED lighting and sound designs. Products include 1:12 scale, 1:24 scale, and 1:48 scale.
Web: http://www.arminiatures.com

Friday, August 3, 2018

2018 Show Preview

Dealer Brian (Rainbow Hand) and Kathy Tepper

Here are a few more creative and playful "Career Birds" designs from Brian and Kathy Tepper. With fresh and imaginative eyes, the Teppers have the uncanny ability to turn everything into play.
Email: briantep@verizon.net

Where's My Mother

Magpie with Puffer Fish

The Lookout and Hi There

The Writer
This "Bad Bird" crow is trying to get away with the mail, and creating a mess in the process.

Dealer Jim Pounder, Washington

Long-time dealer Jim Pounder is an IGMA Artisan in Bronze Figures. He specializes in sculptures and light fixtures, and makes other items as well. Jim has taught both mold-making and silver soldering in Friday Workshops. This year, he is offering a workshop in Basic Silver Soldering and Triple Shade Desk Lamp. Email: pounder@clarkston.com

Friday Class #6 - Basic Silver Soldering and Triple Shade Desk Lamp
Limited edition of 50 pieces in Sterling Silver. It is 1-1/2 inches high with a 3mm black pearl.
“Tom & Becky” bronze sculpture.

Dealer Lola Renner, Lola Originals, California

Lola Renner handcrafts a wide range of 1:12 scale miniature food. Her extensive line includes appetizers, fruits, gourmet meals, decadent deserts, and fabulous wedding cakes. She also makes Valentine candy, Easter items, Halloween treats, Christmas candy, and much more.
Web: www.lola-originals.com

Platter of cupcakes and fruit platter with pineapple centerpiece. The pineapple leaves were painstakingly applied one-by-one.

Dealer Sylvia Mobley

IGMA Fellow Sylvia Mobley specializes in 1:12 scale porcelain dolls, cats, dogs, wild animals and resin creatures. She also makes a wee Haunted Village and delightful Christmas Village about 1-inch tall. Web: www.sylviamobley.com

Ferret and sleeping fox from hand-painted ceramics.
Christmas Village with buildings 1/2" to about 1-1/8" tall. Sold separately or as a display.

Dealer Stephanie Blythe

Doll artist Stephanie Blythe creates imaginative figures inspired by fairy tales and fantasy. Her intricately designed costumes utilize natural materials, antique fabrics, laces and trims. Stephanie also makes charming Sweetie Pie dolls, Babes in the Woods, merbabies, and more.
Web: www.stephanieblythe.com

Tiny Sweetie Pie dolls

Dealer Judy Orr, A Fairy Walk

Long-time dealer Judith "Judy" Orr, A Fairy Walk, and Jeff Mathis of Jeff's Creations, created this delightful alternative history Steampunk police box from the 19th Century British Victorian era.
Web: http://afairywalk.com

Dealer Karen Laisure, M&L/Minis by Karen

Karen Laisure supplies many excellent quality items needed by miniaturists in their work. This includes quality handcrafted gilded frames, hand beveled real glass mirrors, pictures and artwork under the Leeds name. She handcrafts realistic miniature flowers and plants, makes porcelain planters and pottery, porcelain dollhouse dolls, accessories, furniture, and more.

Beautifully detailed garden potting shed.

Dealer Susie Overtoom, Susie O's Dollhouses, Redondo Beach, CA

Working in 1-inch scale and 1/2-inch scale, Susie Overtoom makes an excellent selection of dollhouses, room boxes and shops.  If you need a structure for a scene you are creating--or are looking for inspiration--do stop by her table.  Sue offers a very nice selection from which to choose.

Stylish pink and white room box with chic striped wallpaper ready for decorating.

Dealer Pat Richmond, Twin Heart

Pat Richmond offers a wide range of reasonably priced realistic 1:12 scale produce, plants, succulents, and more. Her flowering plants and spring bulbs are available either in full bloom or with buds almost ready to open. She always has new and different work available.
Web: http://www.twinheart.com

Dealer Judy Kincaid, Brooke Tucker Originals

With Brooke's retirement in 2005, Judy Kincaid took over the Brooke Tucker Originals miniature line. Judy continues to feature the popular accessories and put-abouts that miniaturists have come to know and love. Web: http://www.brooketucker.com/