Small Talk Tag: Figures

Miniature Masterworks: Daniela Kiefhaber

Daniela Kiefhaber’s figures are unique pieces of art; each has a personality and a story. She hand-sculpts her figures in porcelain, creating jointed figures so that they move like human beings. Their garments are historically researched and display embroidered details.

Kiefhaber is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017

Miniature Masterworks: María José Santos

Maria José Santos sees her porcelain figures as a wonderful way to combine her passion for art, historical costumes, and dance. After learning classical techniques for pouring, polishing, baking, and painting porcelain, her first figure was born. She creates figures of men, women, and children from different historical periods, focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as characters from classical ballets.

Santos is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017. She will be giving a gallery talk about her work in the T/m collection and the inspiration behind it on September 16 at 1:30pm.

 

Miniature Masterworks: Penny Thomson

Penny Thomson’s art has ranged from painting and sculpture to illustration and design, in addition to miniatures. Her interest in papier-mâché was reignited through play with her children. After discovering the world of miniatures, she realized the endless potential for sculpting great detail out of papier-mâché.

Thomson is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

Miniature Masterworks: Shirley Whitworth Bertram

Although Shirley Whitworth Bertram retired from miniature shows in 2010, she will be attending Miniature Masterworks as a Master Artist, a special designation for accomplished fine-scale miniature artists who have helped pave the way for others.

When Bertram began making miniatures in the mid-1980s, she realized that there were few artists creating figures that represented people of all ages and social classes. She filled this void by developing techniques to give her porcelain models realistic wrinkles and crinkles. She spent hours researching original patterns and period fashions so that she could dress them in authentic costumes. Bertram also taught her craft to future generations of miniature artists.

Shirley Whitworth Bertram is one of over sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.