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, May 31, 2014

New Dealer: Ed Lopatinsky, IDL Motors

Ed Lopatinsky is a new dealer this year. He started in the miniature market about 4-5 years ago. All IDL products employ a unique breakthrough magnetic propulsion technology to move small objects smoothly around a very thin narrow track.  Ed tells us, "It is the only commercial technology on the market today that allows moving miniature trains, cars, people, boats, etc., along the track. We have some exciting new products on the way." Email sales@idlmotors.com Web http://www.teenytrains.com

The world's smallest self-propelled TeenyTrack Train and track, about 1:1000 scale. 3.15" x4.75"
Ghost Train Set under glass dome illuminated from within. Glow-in-the-dark train runs around the castle with a nice Choo-Choo sound. About 1:1000 scale. 10" x 9"
Cars/Train Parts Nano Kit. Train runs on an oval track. 5" x 4.75". All products employ the magnetic propulsion technology referenced above. Car about 1:500 scale. Train about 1:1000 scale. 

Family of Christmas Train Sets. Most simple option is a reliable constant speed moving train, with always-on LEDs. The Dual Deluxe Set trains are equipped with sound and a set of beautiful 27 Multicolor Flashing Rainbow LEDs. Glass Dome. About 10.5" x 10".

New! Train Parts Nano Kit (1:1000 scale). The basic option has one track with train sized 6.5" x 4.75" or two tracks with train operated from the same electronic controller. Can be equipped with a string of Rainbow Multicolor LEDs and a wood box.
String of 20 Miniature (3mm DIA each) Beautiful Ultra Bright Multicolor (rainbow) LEDs. Slow, Fast Flashing including battery holder (for 2xAA batteries). Options such as any combination of Slow and Fast flashing LEDS available per special orders.

Judy Orr, A Fairy Walk

Long-time artist and dealer Judy Orr, A Fairy Walk, works in all three scales. She hand-sculpts porcelain and polymer clay character dolls, fairies, mermaids, Santas, elves, storybook figures, and more. Judy makes delightful costumes on mannequin dress forms, tiny elegantly dressed dollies, and wee dolls in watch case pendants. She also offers a variety of Christmas decorations, craft supplies, and more. In past years, Judy has taught popular Friday workshops for adults and children. Email judyorr@hughes.net  Web http://afairywalk.com 

Spike Fairy, one-of-a-kind sculpt. 1:12 scale.

Madam Rosa, Fortune Teller, porcelain. Lacquer black booth with open windows. Adorned with brass filigree pieces along with gold ornamentation. 1:12 scale.
Mad Hatter dressed in silk. One-of-a-kind polymer clay sculpt. 6" tall, including Hat.
Little Miko, 3-1/2" tall Japanese Girl. Porcelain.
Fabulous one-of-a-kind witch's masquerade costume, with hat and broom. 1:12 scale.
French Bru dolly in white lace decorated with ribbons and flowers, and wearing fancy hat, 2-1/4" tall.
Lovely red-haired dolly in elaborately decorated Victorian dress, 1-3/4" tall.
Gorgeous Marie Antoinette Watch Case pendant.

To see more of Judy's work, go here, here and here.

Brian (Rainbow Hand) and Kathy Tepper

Dealers since 2006, you can always expect the unexpected from Brian (Rainbow Hand) and Kathy Tepper. Their new 1:12 scale Urban Elementz Collection is stylish and contemporary, warm and welcoming. Brian's original oil paintings add a special touch. "Accessorize wisely," Kathy says. "It is the icing on the cake. You should be able to look at a room and tell what the person is like who inhabits that space." Their product line also includes Victorian Steampunk, The Grand Luxe, and much more. Email: briantep@verizon.net  Web: http://www.rainbowhandandkathy.com/  

Wassily chairs by Warren Richardson and original oil painting by Rainbow Hand.
Printer font table with Silver & Mother-of-Pearl box and wood turned vase.
Kid leather chairs and original oil painting by Rainbow Hand.
Table with 18th century Cavalry Soldier on Horse and bowl with porcelain fruit.
New original copper sculptures by Rainbow Hand. Does not include pedestal.
Walnut sideboard by Paris Renfroe. Polished agate table with wooden turning by Standing People Designs. Original oil paintings by Rainbow Hand. Wall hanging by Nature.
Brown card board chairs by Paris Renfroe, Cube table with wood vase by Standing People Designs), and original oil painting "Island Bird" by Rainbow Hand.
Vintage hand-carved elephant (from one piece of wood). "Sculpture Garden" original oil painting by Rainbow Hand. Chair by Paris Renfroe.
Steampunk clock hall tree with carved chairs. Chairs exclusive to Rainbow Hand and Kathy.

To see more of the Teppers furnishings and accessories, go here, here and here.

The Good Sam Show Academy

Immediately after the 2014 Good Sam Show, nine Academy classes will be held Oct. 13-17 at our facility in Morgan Hill, CA. Classes range in length from two to five days. For information and to register, go to http://goodsamshowcase.miniature.net/goodsamacademy.htm If you have questions, contact Connie Sauve, GSAM Director. Phone 209-474-2870 or email connie@thechinadoll.com

Here are photos from Geoff Wonnacott's two furniture workshops offered at the 2013 Academy. From England, Geoff is an IGMA Fellow in Furniture and will be a dealer at this year's show. Be sure to stop by his table.

Instructor Geoff Wonnacott with students in his well-equipped and lighted furniture workshop.
Geoff explains a technique to student Judy Pick to construct his Silver Table. "I learned how to use different tools and make a piece that looks professional," Judy says. "My friends couldn't believe I made it."
"Geoff's class taught me techniques and methods that can be applied to many different miniature projects," says student Larrell Howell, Santa, Maria, CA. "I am very proud of the piece I completed." 
"This (the Academy) was one of the most exciting experiences when it comes to miniatures that I've ever had," says Sharon Zanassi. She was a student in both of Geoff's furniture classes.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

From the Chairman: 2014 Good Sam Ad in Miniaturas, Spain

Special thanks to our good friend Madelva Fernandez of Miniaturas magazine, Spain for this fabulous full-page ad designed by her. It was published in the May 2014 issue of Miniaturas. We are grateful to Madelva for her generous gift and for sharing information about the Good Sam Show with the miniature community in Spain. She also included an article on the 2013 Show in an earlier issue of Miniaturas.

The ad will be published in the June, Special summer, July/August, and September issues as well. If you would like a subscription to this exciting Spanish language miniature magazine, go to http://www.miniaturasrevista.com or email miniat@arrakis.es.