Wm. R. Robertson
A life in the Workshop
Even as a small child I built things including models of planes, trains, cars and ships. By 15 I was working in a hardware stored from that to jobs assembling everything from electronics to race cars.
For over thirty years I have been creating miniatures of decorative arts objects in the most accurate manner possible. For me the process starts with the study and research of the original objects. It is important to understand the ways, tools and methods used by the original craftsman. The next challenge is to select the proper materials to work in miniature. For example, woods and fabrics must have scale grain and color. When I reduce an object to a smaller scale I must be careful to maintain proper proportions while at the same time adding an artistic interpretation. Many skills are required, in addition to extreme amount of patience, to work with the tiny parts that may involve cutting dovetail joints in wood or making metal screws as small as 0.3 mm. After all the parts, which can often number in the hundreds, are made for a project the careful assembly begins. At any point one slip can destroy hours of work.
My work was quickly recognized by museums, including the Smithsonian and the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC, and incorporated into their programs and exhibits. Creating miniatures lead to working on the design of miniature museums in Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas, Texas; Naples, Florida and Maysville, Kentucky.
Using historic techniques and antique tools I strive to keep my miniatures as historically accurate as possible. As a result of extensive historic research and studies the National Park Service contracted me to work on the restorations of the Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers workshop in 1:1. I especially enjoy teaching and sharing my knowledge and skill with others as they learn to create fine objects. I have taught classes in the USA, Europe and Asia.
For me best part of making miniatures has been the wonderful opportunity to meet, share work and techniques with collectors, artists and historians from all over the world. Even after 30 years I enjoy working in my studio which can at times be either peaceful or very challenging as I strive to make each new piece better in some way than anything I have done before.
Wm. R. Robertson
Valeria is from Italy and it's her 4th year as a teacher here in Tune.
She is a well prepared instructor and she knows what's in when it comes to shoes, boots, handbags and other accessories in fashion.
She is also a patient and encouraging teacher.
Valeria was recognized as IGMA Artisan in 2017 and this year she will be a teacher at IGMA School in
James Carrington, a true artist within his sphere: Character figures 1:12. Jamie, as his name is among people he knows, is a living legend in creating figures with strong character expressions and fantastic dresses, more like costumes.
Many of the techniques that Jamie teaches are from his own experience and he wants to inspire his students and encourage them to let go.
James Carrington has been a Teacher at Miniature i Tune every year since the start in 2008. Jamie has
written some excellent articles about Miniature i Tune
in well known magazines like The Doll's House
Jens Torp is trained as a goldsmith at the Academy of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, Denmark.
He later moved to England and from there got in contact with highly estimated organizers in the miniature world; since then he has developed his art in silver to the highest possibly degree.
Jens has a wonderful website where you can see his beautiful silver art in miniature. Just click on the link below and you will enter into a fantastic world of a master's production.
I've always enjoyed crafts and making new pieces for my own collection. Through the years I had the opportunity to join and follow all kinds of different workshops and learned a lot of new skills.
Encouraged by some miniature friends, the time came to share the skills learned so that more of us can improve the skills in their work of making miniatures.
Looking forward every year to be able to do that at Tune also.
Ursula is a trained Cabinet Maker and Miniaturist from Denmark. She has a full size marquetry workshop dating back to 1916. She as been making exhibiting fine miniatures since 1995 and has taught workshops for 18 years in both Europe and USA. For 10 years she worked with the renown Master Miniaturist Barry Hopewell, who also taught her the art of Miniature Marquetry.
She is devoted to details: smaller is better!
She works in different media, but her main materials are metal and wood. In her classes the main subject are the techniques and knowledge of tools. But also the creativity in each student is on her mind when she plans her classes.
She has been recognized as "Miniaturist of the Year" in Denmark 1998 and IGMA Artisan in 2008