Monday, 15 September 2014

Wooden Whimsey..........Reifendreherwerkstatt Hans-Günter Flath (Germany)

I discovered the work of Hans-Günter Flath at one of the European miniature shows a number of years ago.  I was particularly enchanted by the miniature pyramids and the varied wooden items for festive holidays.
I have never seen the craft of tire rotation (Reifentiere) in person but it sounds very interesting.  It is unique to Seiffen apparently where water power was used for the turning of figures and toys from wood.  Anyone interested could to do a quick search on Reifentiere for images and more information.
The range of miniatures from Hans-Günter is extensive and I have a number of examples to show you.  It is hard to choose a favourite but I do like the little Easter tree and the push toys and pyramids.
Hans-Gunter does not have a website but anyone attending the European miniature shows will no doubt enjoy seeing his work.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Fascinating Figurines..........Tricia Street (U.K.)

The figurines of Tricia Street are truly wonderful to see for any collector of fine miniatures.  Each figurine is hand-modelled, biscuit fired, glaze fired, painted, fired again and decorated with gold leaf for a total of four firings.  The reproductions that Tricia has made over the years are based on the porcelain figurines and pieces of well known companies such as Chelsea, Derby, Meissen, Coalport and Sevres to name a few.
Tricia no longer exhibits at the larger fairs in the UK.  I have seen her work available occasionally on the secondary market. If you have the chance to purchase one - do have a very close look to assure yourself that it is in fine condition as they are so delicate with the tiniest details and highly breakable!
Vegetable Sellers
Harlequin and Columbine


Fisher Man

Greeting Harlequin


Lady with Cat

Flower Girl

Flower Seller

Touch from the Five Senses


Smell from the Five Senses

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Petit Panier................Francine Coyon (France)

Francine Coyon is an IGMA artisan that makes wonderful miniature baskets.   Her range is lovely with highly detailed and coloured woven items.  Her work has a definite European flare - the chicken carrier is one of my favourites!  Chairs with woven seats, fishing creels and her huge array of varied baskets will enhance a collection or miniature scene.
Francine exhibits at the SIMP miniature show in June in Paris, France.  She does not seem to have an online presence.