Last weekend saw the Guild at the NEC again, this time for the Miniatura Show. The stand was covered with the most amazing miniatures, courtesy of Allan Marshall, which were greatly admired, sometimes even under a magnifying glass, to appreciate the fine detail.
Allan also ran 5 workshops over the 2 days, teaching more than 40 people how to make bananas, parsnips or peaches, and seeing the happy faces when the participants came to collect their baked goodies was lovely. Allan doesn’t charge for these workshops, asking instead for a donation to Cancer Research, and he raised £54.47 through his hard work and dedication to his craft. In fact the workshops were so oversubscribed, that had he run them back to back over the whole of the two days, we would still have had people queuing for more!
In addition, Allan has said he will begin a ‘back to basics’ set of Miniature workshops starting in 2015, to set a whole new group of enthusiasts on the road to creating miniature master pieces, and as a good refresher for the more experienced miniaturist. More details of the courses will be published nearer the date.
On the Sunday Angie, Sue and I did a couple of demonstrations each on the stand which sparked quite a bit of interest, despite us being from the ‘jewellery’ side of polymer clay as opposed to Miniatures. That’s the great thing about polymer clay; the techniques can be used across the board, no matter what the subject matter is.
The volunteers were, as always, amazing. So huge thanks to Heather, Rachel, Angie, Sue, Diane, and Ann for volunteering, and of course to Allan, for the organisation of the stand, supplying the exhibits and running the workshops.
This was my first time at Miniatura, and I loved it, the enthusiasm of the public and volunteers is infectious, and it is a great show to wander round when you have a break, I picked up some good tools and some cheap FIMO Classic. It was also good for me to turn my ‘caning’ skills to the miniature side, so much so, that after the response I got to the samples of ‘caned’ dolls house tiles I had done, I am now doing a workshop on this in Curborough, on 6th July 2014. Details here.
All in all, another great show.