About the Guild

The primary goal of The Guild is to promote fine miniatures as an art form, thus removing them from the category of crafts. This goal is achieved in various ways... all of them innovative and exciting! The Guild is a mixture of miniaturists, both collectors and artisans, who have much in common... an appreciation of fine miniatures. We are an organization which unites them both!

The International Guild of Miniature Artisans is a not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax deductable. 

Objectives Board of Trustees Contact Information

Objectives of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans

To Promote Miniatures as an Art Form

  1. Through the placement of miniatures in museum and gallery exhibits and collections.
  2. Through involvement in local, state and national art foundations, both public and private.
  3. Through the conduction of an annual public auction of notable miniature works.

To Increase Awareness and Appreciation of High-quality Workmanship Through Public Education

  1. By offering a showcase for top-quality miniatures at an annual show and sale featuring Guild Artisans and Fellows.
  2. Through special Guild educational programs, both for the public and for the miniaturist community.
  3. By seeking opportunities to publicize miniatures in the media and in Guild publications.

To Recognize and Honor Qualified Artisans and Encourage Work of Highest Quality

  1. Through review and selection of qualified members to be conferred with the status of Artisan.
  2. Through the granting of the status of Fellow to Artisans who have achieved excellence in their field.

To Encourage the Development of New Artisans

  1. Through the maintenance of the Guild School where skills can be improved and new techniques learned under the guidance of qualified instructors.

To Coordinate and Serve the Interests and Needs of the Artisan and Non-Artisan

  1. Through publication of "The Cube," the Guild newsletter.
  2. By creating an avenue of communication through participation in the committee work of the Guild where the needs of the artisan, collector and dealer can be expressed.
  3. By establishing a standard of consistent, professional and fair conduct by artisans and dealers.
  4. By increasing the understanding and appreciation of collectors for the unique skills and requirements of the miniaturist.


*Objectives extracted from the Constitution of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans as amended in February 1997.


Available for Download:

2014 Annual Report (pdf file)
IGMA Constitution (pdf file)
IGMA Bylaws (pdf file)

Board of Trustees


President – Teresa Layman
1st Vice-President – Nell Corkin
2nd Vice-President – Darren Scala
3rd Vice-President – Karon Cunningham
Treasurer – Julie Hagel
Recording Secretary – Althea Crome
Corresponding Secretary – Barbara Vajnar


Julie Hagel – purplejuliana@yahoo.com

William Robertson – wmrrob@gmail.com
Althea Crome – altheacr@gmail.com
Karon Cunningham – minis@karoncunningham.com


Mike Barbour – barbourboy@comcast.net
Teresa Layman – katerken@optonline.net

Darren Scala – scalada@aol.com
Catherine Soubzmaigne – c.soubzmaigne@free.fr
Kate Unver – kateunver@gmail.com


Nell Corkin – miniminis@aol.com
Carol Hinkle – hinkle1@bellsouth.net
Carol Kubrican - carol@true2scale.com
Marjorie Smelt - bkmarjorie.smelt@gmail.com
Barbara Vajnar - service@bubbasminis.com

Contact Information


Carol Hardy
Guild Administrator
P.O. Box 629
Freedom, CA 95019-0629
Tel: 1-800-711-IGMA
Tel (outside USA): 831-724-7974
Fax: 831-724-8605

Guild School

Barbara Davis
School Director
3485 North Main Street
Soquel, CA 95073-2211
Tel: (831) 464-4638
Fax: (831) 465-0771

Guild Show Committee

Carol Block
Show Coordinator
PO Box 7523
Gilford, NH 03247-7523
Email: cblock1@metrocast.net
Phone: 617-347-4496

Annelle Ferguson

Pat Richards

Committee Chairs

Artisan Selection
Misty Barth
17 Whitney Glen
Westport, CT 06880-3757
Tel: 203-221-9261

CUBE Editor
Isabel Leininger

Fellow Selection
Phyllis Hawkes
11 Gerry’s Way
Milford, NH 03055-6707

Gallery of the Guild
Carol Block
PO Box 7523
Gilford, NH 03247

Guild School Scholarship
Erin Carter
890 8th Avenue NE
Largo, FL 33770

Independent Study Program
Stuart Kleeman
9 South Cottage Rd
Belmont, MA 02478

Mike Barbour
5423 Stormdrift
Columbia, MD  21045-2436

Study Programs
Peter Kendall, co-chair
3208 Ayr Lane
Dresher, PA 19025-1604

Patricia Richards, co-chair
405 E 14th St, apt 11H
New York, NY  10009-2705

Web Site
Elisabeth Roxby