Past Guild Show Study Program

August 3 - 5, 2016   |   Projects Drawn from the Collections of the Brooklyn Museum

The International Guild of Miniature Artisans conducts Study Programs at leading museums for its members. Working with Guild Instructors and the museum's collections, Guild members study specific masterworks and related exhibits. Instructors research their project and design a challenging class within an 18 hour framework. Students learn to create miniature replicas of a full-sized object from the Museum's collections. It might be an historic piece of furniture, painting, household object, or an architectural detail such as a fireplace or paneled wall. Added attractions include special guided tours, which enrich the students knowledge and appreciation of beautifully crafted objects. Beginning and experienced miniaturists alike will learn and benefit from the program

About Schedule Classes

About the Program

Two classes were held at the August Study Program at the Guild Show this year, which began with a tour of the Decorative Arts collection at the Brooklyn Museum. Students were able to see the pieces upon which their classes were based, the 17th century Dutch Monteith bowl that was reproduced in Lee-Ann Chellis Wessel's class, and the north room of the Jan Martense Schenck house containing the fireplace wall that was reproduced in Peter Kendall's class.

Lee-Ann’s students learned about the casting process she used to make the bowls they were cleaning and decorating. A variety of different decorating styles and techniques were explored and students had the opportunity to study some of Lee-Ann’s books on Delftware and other styles of porcelain decoration. The kiln was fired up Thursday night and on Friday they were able to see the results of their work.

Peter’s class got right to work cutting, sanding and painting their various stacks of wood and by end of class on Friday afternoon, most had a reasonably complete fireplace wall. Students were happy to learn some new techniques including a process for imitating slate with wood and paint that many had not tried before.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Tour and lunch at the Brooklyn Museum
3:00 - 6:00 PM Classes at the Teaneck Marriott
Thursday, August 4, 2016
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM Classes at the Teaneck Marriott
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Coffee Break
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM Lunch on your own
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Afternoon Break
Friday, August 5, 2016
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM Classes at the Teaneck Marriott
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Coffee Break
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM Lunch on your own
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Afternoon Break


Jan Martense Schenck House (or Schenck-Crooke House), Flatlands, Brooklyn, ca. 1675-1676. Whole house Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Company.  Photo Courtesy Brooklyn Museum.

Fireplace in the North Room of the Jan Martense Schenck House

Peter Kendall, IGMA Fellow

The Jan Martense Schenck house was built around 1675 in Flatlands (now Long Island), New York. Originally two rooms, additions were made over almost 300 years until the house was dismantled in 1952. The Brooklyn Museum extracted the original rooms and restored them to their appearance in 1730. The rooms were installed in the museum in 1964.

The class project will be the fireplace and adjoining wall of the North room of the house. Early Dutch colonial fireplaces were ‘jambless’—without sides—and had curtains under the elaborate mantle decoration. A double row of Delft tiles at each side are another distinctive feature of the fireplace. The fireplace in the South room is almost identical, but without the tiles.

In addition to the fireplace, students will make the aged floor of wide planks, a couple of vertical boards to the right of the fireplace and the door to its left, apply plaster to the wall, and make the moldings comprising the mantle. Total interior space will be approximately 10” X 10” X 9” high. Plexiglass will cover the two sides, front and top.

The curtains and Delft tiles will be supplied.

There will not be much use of power tools in the class, likely just table saws.

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome.

Materials fee: $280; $215 without the tiles.

Top: Van Eenhorn Factory. Monteith Bowl, about 1680. Glaze earthenware, 6 1/8 x 11 7/8 in. (15.6 x 30.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by anonymous donors. Photo Courtesy Brooklyn Museum. Bottom: Miniature Bowl by Chellis Wessel

Dutch Delftware Monteith Bowl

Lee-Ann Chellis Wessel, IGMA Fellow

A monteith is a large bowl with a scalloped rim so that six or eight wine glasses may be suspended by the foot, allowing the bowl of each to be chilled by the immersion in iced water before use.

In this class we will be inspired by the assembled collection of Dutch and English furnishings in the Schenck Galleries at The Brooklyn Museum of Art. These are pieces thought to be typical of those found in the homes of families of Dutch descent living in colonial English flatlands (now known as Brooklyn ) during the early 18th century. A Dutch Delftware monteith bowl created at the Van Eenhorn Factory in The Netherlands around 1680 will be our main focus.

Students will be supplied with an unfired earthenware clay casting of a 1/12 scale monteith bowl to clean up and decorate with underglaze in their choice of two or three patterns provided. Class work will be bisque fired overnight. Students will apply glaze to prepare their bowls for second firing followed by instruction of mold making, slip casting, and further ceramic decorating techniques.

Students should bring work lights and appropriate magnification to do detailed decorating. All other materials and necessary equipment will be provided by the instructor.

Skill Level: All skill levels are encouraged to come have a good time with us !

Materials Fee: $90