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.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

From the Chairman

We expect to have the featured workshops on our Website and Blog by May l. The featured workshop teachers this year are Debbie Young of Young at Heart (quarter-scale), Craig Roberts of The Hairy Potter, and The Guys From Texas.

We have signed contracts with the Doubletree Hotel for 2013, 2014 and 2015. Each year, the show is the second weekend of October, so there will not be a conflict with NAME Day. The dates are October 12 & 13 of 2013, October 11 & 12 of 2014, and October 10 & 11 of 2015. Pass the dates on to anyone who might want to know.

The best news is that the hotel room rates will remain at the $89 level for 1 or 2 people through 2015. The rate for the ballroom will also remain the same. Other costs will rise, like electrical, publicity and printing, but having the ballroom cost the same means any rise in dealer table fees will be slight--if at all.

Just a reminder to keep checking our Blog for updates.  New postings appear every Saturday.

At the Show - Fine Arts and Enameling

In 2005 and many years prior to that, plus for the last three years, Ligia Durstenfeld, Ligia's Miniatures, has been a dealer at the Good Sam Show. An IGMA Artisan in Fine Arts/Enameling, she works on copper, silver and gold to create reproductions of well-known artisan and museum pieces.  ligiasminis@att.net

Cabinet with pietra dura (inlay) front panels of 24K gold and relief enamel cloisonné similar to one at Buckingham Palace .
Fine enamel pomegranate bush by Ligia. Wheel thrown porcelain vase by Troy Schmidt, Red Dragon Pottery. http://www.reddragonpottery.com/
Working enamel clock on fine silver with 24K gold hand-formed filigree wire around the face along with four diamonds, and ivory top. Based on a Faberge original.
Blue-green fine silver "lily pond" bowl decorated with 24K gold cloisonné wire fish, lily pads in silver foil and single silver lily.
Faberge-style objects: Mosaic Egg. Lilies of the Valley in an opalescent silver bowl with 24K gold trim. Blue silver bowl decorated with 24K gold, fine silver and titanium foils.
The figure Hope in enamel-on-silver. From the stained glass window triplet "Faith, Hope and Charity" (William Morris Company, 1870) at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England.

At the Show - Ceramics

IGMA Fellow Troy Schmidt makes wheel-thrown miniature porcelain ceramics. Each piece of 1:12 scale pottery is individually hand-crafted on a full-sized potter's wheel from fine English porcelain. Doing business as Red Dragon Pottery, Troy has been coming to Good Sam for more than 13 years. For news and updates, check out Troy's Facebook page. RedDragonPottery@gmail.com, https://www.facebook.com/RedDragonPottery, http://www.RedDragonPottery.com
Roman amphorae ceramic storage vessels.
Hand-thrown Asian ginger jar with wood handle, ewer with dragon handle, and bowl with bamboo handles with Chinese matte yellow glaze
Porcelain artwork glazed with rustic orange and verdigris patina glazes.
Two dichroic bowls and amphora on metal stand.
Face jugs with an iron brown and two contemporary glazes inspired by19th century Southern folk art grotesque face jugs.
Porcelain pots with a matte lavender glaze.
Bold red and black glazed wheel-thrown pottery.
Pottery bowls with a three dimensional reticulated glaze.
Brickware inspired by ancient ruins found throughout antiquity.

At the Show - Furniture

IGMA Artisans Judee Williamson and Nicole Walton Marble of Williamson Walton Marble have been dealers at the show for the past three years. Their imaginative 1:12 and 1:24 scale handcrafted designs range from 18th century French to modern day. Styles include Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, country and contemporary. For fun, they sometimes add in a bit of whimsy and fantasy. williamson-walton-marble.com
West Indian baby cradle made by Nicole, dressed by Judee.
This lovely bed was made by Nicole and dressed by Judee specifically for Isabella and her baby. Figures by IGMA Fellow Sylvia Mobley. www.sylviamobley.com, sylviamobley.blogspot.com
Gilt Bergere chair with a gilt carved stand and carved unicorn.
Whimsical dog table with an Asian-inspired wine rack.
Humorous Chippendale side chair inspired by the work of Cabinetmaker Jake Cress of Virginia.
Polished stone-topped sofa table holding a gilt carved armadillo with a carved camel for company.
Modern caned Lincoln rocker and whimsical "hand" table. Calico cat by Good Sam dealer Sylvia Mobley.
Spectacular Entry Table. Vase of tulips by IGMA Fellow Michele Carter, PepperWood Miniatures. She will be at the 2012 Show.  www.pepperwoodminiatures.com

Handcrafted gold-leaf chair upholstered in antique petit point.

At the Show - New from Dealers

Deb Laue of Dragonfly International recently introduced kits for four 1:12 scale laser cut jigsaw puzzles with boxes. The kits include a China clipper ship, tiger, oriental tea party, and the Grand Canyon. The pieces are lightly tabbed together and can be separated to fill the box or displayed as an assembled puzzle. You can find the puzzles on Deb's website or look for them on her table at this year's show. deb@dragonflyintl.comwww.dragonflyintl.com
Four new jigsaw puzzles from Deb Laue, Dragonfly International.
Close up of China Clipper jigsaw puzzle with box.
Close up of Tiger jigsaw puzzle with box.
Close up of Tea Party jigsaw puzzle with box.

At the Show - Exhibits

One of this week's exhibits is "The Lap of Luxury" a charming 1:24 scale vignette from the collection of Barbara Jones, Chairman of the Good Sam Show. "I obtained it in an estate sale at Good Sam about 2004 and displayed it in 2010 to honor Williamson Walton Marble. Judee Williamson and Nicole Walton Marble made the furniture in the scene in 1988. They were new dealers at the show that year. The doll was a gift from IGMA Artisan Jan Duda." Barbara has been making miniature vignettes and furniture since 1976.
"The Lap of Luxury" in 1:24 scale.

"The Marquand Conservatory" in 1:12 scale from the collection of Greg Anton of Greg Anton Interior Design, San Jose, CA. The  interior is based upon the original which was built for Henry Gurdon Marquand (1819-1902) an American financier, philanthropist and collector. Antique elements were used in all the construction of the setting. Photos courtesy of Connie Sauve. All flowers were made by Pat Richmond, a dealer at Good Sam the last six years. pat@twinheart.com, http://www.twinheart.com/

Saturday, April 21, 2012

At the Show - Figures

IGMA Fellow Sylvia Mobley, Pine Rose Studios, has attended Good Sam for five years. Her original sculptures include people, cats, dogs, reindeer, a variety of wild animals, and buildings for a miniature lighted Christmas Village. The dolls shown here are original porcelain sculptures in 1:12 scale. Look for Sylvia's table at this year's fall show. pinerose@dishmail.net, www.sylviamobley.com, sylviamobley.blogspot.com
The ballerina Estelle dressed in blue silk tulle and ribbons with Austrian crystal decorations.
Young witch learning her craft on whatever she can catch. 
The ballerina Vanessa.
Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean film (2003).
Rosemary from the Woods Women series with brown-striped tabby cat and young black-footed ferrets in basket.
Figure inspired by Jan Vermeer's painting, "Young Lady Adorning Herself with a Pearl Necklace" (1696).
The maiden and the unicorn.

The ballerina Alexandra.
Puss in Boots inspired by the fairy tale.
Landscape with raccoon.

At the Show - Artisans from Spain

The husband and wife team of Alvaro Rodriguez and Paola Ojeda, Taller Targioni, Spain were dealers at Good Sam in 2010 and 2011. They have been offering imaginative handcrafted 1:12 scale furniture and home decor for twelve years. Highly creative, their collection is constantly evolving and is consistently unique.  info@tallertargioni.com, www.tallertargioni

Handsomely carved Old World globe bar with ornate hidden interior liquor cabinet.
French style kitchen cabinet in mahogany with hand-painted tiles by Tiny Ceramics of Germany. The doors and sides are decorated with hand carved pieces.
Handmade wooden embroidery work table with piece in progress.
Two charming silk cross stitch samplers in standing frames.
Clockmaker scene inside a XIX century German wall clock. Commission.
Detailed camera collector's work table with two drawers and working lamp.
Bathroom sink cabinet with elaborate antique enamel insert, brass swan faucet, decorative hand-painted majolica sink.
Light walnut table with green marble top. Matching chair. Silver bottle and carved wooden display container with six silver goblets. 
Dinner table and chairs in pear wood and ebony.
Handcrafted mahogany wagon with wheels cast in metal being pulled by two dogs. Luggage by Jose Maria Gomez, Spain.