The Biggest Little Christmas Showdown on HGTV!

Featuring Darren Scala from D. Thomas Fine Miniatures
Premiers Friday, November 27 at 9pm ET/PT
We chat LIVE with some awesome miniaturists.
You're invited to join in on the fun!

We're thrilled to announce our participation in the BIGGEST little show about Miniatures to hit in a long time. The Biggest Little Christmas Showdown premiering on HGTV on November 27th features Darren T. Scala from D. Thomas Fine Miniatures and his talented team partner, the delightful May Burnett, as they face a fierce tournament-style competition to build winning miniatures!

This fun, quirky, reality-based four-part series is hosted by Tony Award®-winning actor James Monroe Iglehart from Broadway's Aladdin and Hamilton. Each week only one team will wow the spirited panel of judges which includes HGTV designer Genevieve Gorder, Hollywood prop maker Dave Asling, and the darling of the mini world June Clinkscales! Winning teams will advance to the next round of this cheerful competition and in the final round, the top contenders will craft their most extravagant mini holiday houses ever for a chance at the ultimate victory: a grand prize worth $50,000 and the surprise of a lifetime when their winning miniature is replicated into a full sized magical vacation home decked out for the season. This should be awesome!

Join us Live on ZOOM!

We chat LIVE with awesome miniaturists. You're invited to join in on the fun!

Join us when we connect with awesome miniaturists and register to view our LIVE Zoominar events.  We'll get to know more about talented artists, collectors, enthusiasts, makers, mini movers and the shakers in our community.  We'll get to know each guest, hear about their inspirations, their creative processes and discover more about the contributions they make to the mini world. 

We look forward to bringing you awesome mini events - if  you would like to support this ongoing series, kindly contribute by heading over to the following link:  http://bit.ly/SupportMini

*Your e-mail address will be added to our mailing list –  but you may opt out at any time (but hope you don't!)

Join our Small Talk: History of Miniatures

Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 7pm EST

Meet miniaturist Darren T. Scala from D. Thomas Fine Miniatures. Darren has been passionate about miniatures for as long as he can remember.  Darren will share his passion for miniatures and talk about its history from ancient times all the way up until the modern era.

 

Participants will learn about miniatures and how they currently enjoy a renewed interest and have become quite the pop culture phenomenon!

Sign up for this ZOOM webinar ($9.99) via Facebook Events (or send us an email and we'll invoice you!). This presentation is for the miniatures-involved enthusiast or for the newbie to miniatures as folks from all ends of the MiniSpectrum can expect to be inspired and encouraged by learning about this great BIG world of TINY. 

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Meet the Miniaturist:

Virtual Open Studio Event S1Ep15

Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 7pm EDT 

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Ever wanted to wander into your favorite miniatures artist's studio and take a peek at what's going on? Join us for a virtual open studio event and meet some of your favorite miniaturists as they invite us into their working studios.

Well we wandered in to have a casual chat with each maker and got a chance to take a look the latest creations they are working on. We were able to ask questions and received a few tips and tricks for how they make great minis.

Featured in this special Meet the Miniaturist were Kate Santichen (The_Tiny_Craftress IG) and Kraig Councell from Creative Eye Miniatures. We also presented from our home studio and shared our own latest little project. 

 This was so much fun! 

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Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb

The Mini Time Machine 

S1Ep14 Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7pm EDT 

Meet the Miniaturist Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb, executive director and curator at the The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures (TMTM) in Tucson, Arizona.

The Mini Time Machine houses over 500 works ranging from micro miniature sculptures to dollhouses, roomboxes and antiques dating back to the 18th century.

Lisa will take us on a virtual tour of the museum's galleries and talk about how the museum interprets "miniature" in the broadest sense to showcase the diversity of the art form.

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Lisa Sones-Peck | Spellbound Miniatures

S1Ep13 Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 4pm EDT 

We met miniaturist Lisa Sones-Peck – Lisa studied art at an early age but ended up working in finance. Also, a plan to build her dream Victorian dollhouse in the 80’s was derailed by work, marriage, children and well…life!  

As early onset of empty nest syndrome began, Lisa’s learned silversmithing and jewelry design.  Ultimately, she landed on making miniatures, inspired by the Cricut Maker and all of the possibilities the little machine has to offer!

 

Lisa now designs and creates miniatures and sells Cricut templates. She also started a YouTube channel featuring tutorials showing how easy it is to use.

 

We had a chat with Lisa, learned about her artistic journey and took a peek into how this awesome tool is used to help makers and crafters make miniatures.

If you would like to support this ongoing series, kindly contribute by heading over to the following link:  http://bit.ly/SupportMini

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Sheila Shindorf  | S1Ep12

Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 4pm EDT

We had a lovely chat with miniaturist and music teacher Sheila Shindorf!  Sheila built her first dollhouse just 10 years ago and she hasn't stopped since! 

Sheila creates dollhouses inspired by art and architecture using a mix of hand-painted elements, decals, jewelry parts and other found objects. Her use of impactful color, design and unexpected materials form fantastical miniature structures which surprise and delight the viewer.

We heard about Sheila's journey over the last decade, took a closer look at some of her more intricate dollhouse designs (including her Blue & White Tea Service dollhouse covered in repurposed broken ceramic tea set parts!) and learned more about how she finds and pulls found pieces together to create her dollhouse designs.

If you would like to support this ongoing series, kindly contribute by heading over to the following link:  http://bit.ly/SupportMini

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Small Talk Symposium

Louise Krasniewicz | Thomas Doyle | Darren Scala

Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 4pm EDT

We had our first Small Talk Symposium with author/educator Louise Krasniewicz and contemporary artist Thomas Doyle leading the discussion.

Louise talked about how miniatures create an alternative universe and Thomas talked about miniatures as a form of escapism. Darren introduced a topic as well, talking about miniatures as a pop culture phenomenon. 

If you would like to support the Meet the Miniaturist broadcast, please contribute to the developments of this ongoing series by linking here http://bit.ly/SupportMini

 

This was a fascinating and informative talk!

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May Burnett | May Burnett Miniatures

Sunday, September 13, 2020  

May Burnett is an arts educator known for her steampunk creations used for cosplay. May also makes tiny things including real miniature food and inch-scaled pottery We’ll get to chat with May, hear all about her latest creations, talk about what inspires her most and and even get a demonstration on how she turns tiny pots on her tiny potter's wheel. You may just come away inspired to make your own miniature pottery!

Kat Picot | Shrunk Magazine

Then we'll chat with Kat Picot! Kat is a miniatures enthusiast with several dollhouses and once worked in a dollhouse shop in England! With a background in digital design and a degree in journalism, Kat combines her passion for miniatures with her skills in writing and design and created SHRUNK, a new dollhouse miniatures (print!) magazine with a fresh new approach on the tiny filled with articles about makers, mini design trends and tutorials. We'll chat with Kat and hear all about her and her new magazine coming this fall!

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Damien James Webb | Set Designer

Sunday, July 25, 2020  

We met Canadian-based artist and model-maker Damien James Webb! Damien is best known for creating whimsical scale structures inspired by pop culture, television and film.

 

His first love, however, is theatrical set design. We had a chat with Damien, heard all about his miniature model making and the development of his signature quirky sculptures. We also learned more about his journey back to doing theater work while making sure he left time for making miniatures!

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Kaye Browning | KSB Miniatures Collection

Sunday, July 25, 2020  

It was a pleasure to chat with Kaye Browning, curator, collector and founder of The KSB Miniatures Collection in Maysville, Kentucky.

Kaye has one of the most extensive and exquisite miniatures collections ON THE PLANET! and we'll get to chat with her. 

 

We heard some great stories behind the scale structures she has commissioned over the years and learned about her awe-inspiring collection and what makes her tiny treasures so special.  

There was so much we didn't cover, we would love to have her back!

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Darren Scala | D. Thomas Miniatures

Sunday, July 12, 2020 

I was thrilled to host a MEGA Miniature Virtual Tour on Zoom of Nybelwyck Hall, the extraordinary miniature mansion on display at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York.

I shared images and video of the miniature rooms and some of the tiny treasures that fill the house built by Mark O'Banks and described the whimsical story he created of the Van Nybelwyck family who reside in the home.

This was a great way to get to know the dollhouse before seeing it in person at the Museum!

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Dagmar Turnidge | Mini Property Developer

Thursday, July 2,2020 

It was a delight to chat with Dagmar Turnidge (@MiniPropertyDeveloper on Instagram) from Melbourne, Australia. After retiring from a career as an educator and dealing with a full on cancer scare a few years ago, she decided to reawaken her passion for art, interior design and miniatures and became an extensive collector and designer of mid-century modern pieces, made mostly in Germany, inspired by her family heritage.

Dagmar has decorated and furnished over 10 dollhouses and numerous room boxes in her home studio. We’ll got to meet Dagmar, hear about her collection, how she goes about acquiring her miniatures and learn about her design philosophy when tackling a mini project.

This was a lot of fun!

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Malena Sullivan | The Clay Girl

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Check out our chat Zoominar and Meet the Miniaturist Malena Sullivan, The Clay Girl from @TheClayKitchen (Instagram). 

Malena is a self-taught artist and at just 16 years old has been making incredible inch-scaled polymer clay food creations for half of her young life!

She was inspired to make minis while watching her Italian grandmother cook in the kitchen when growing up in her native Bronx, New York.

We spoke with Malena, heard more about what inspires her, took questions from attendees and even received some tips and tricks for making awesome food miniatures!

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Darren Scala

2020 and 2021 Virtual Events

Join Darren Scala, founder of D. Thomas Fine Miniatures, for a special HISTORY OF MINIATURES Zoominar.

Darren will share an informative and entertaining presentation about the BIG world of tiny starting with the early beginnings during the days of the pharaohs in Egypt and through to the modern miniatures movement of today with a focus on this pop cultural phenomenon as a hobby, as an art form and, for some, a lifestyle!


This Zoominar is perfect for the newbie who is just discovering this fascinating world or for the seasoned enthusiasts who may want to be surprised to learn something new!

Participants will be able to ask questions throughout the seminar.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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Adam Koch | Theatrical Set Designer

Saturday, June 6, 2020

This ZOOMINAR featured set designer and miniaturist Adam Koch from Brooklyn, New York.

Adam creates theatrical environments for stage shows and musicals. He also has a passion for miniatures and started the popular Instagram account @DollhouseTherapy.

We had a casual chat with Adam to learn more about him and his work in theatrical set design, its connection with his interest in miniatures, and we got to hear all about his 30 day challenge to build an awesome 7-room dollhouse during the Covid pandemic lockdown.

 

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Louise Krasniewicz 

Saturday, May 30, 2020

We were thrilled to talk with author, educator and miniaturist Louise Krasniewicz.

Work by Louise was featured in several exhibitions in our gallery including BadAss Miniatures and WeeResist. We also had her award winning work, Rear Window, on display.

In our casual chat with Louise as we got to know her a bit better, talk about her work in miniatures, find out what inspires her and especially talk about some of theories about miniatures!

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Jimmy Landers 

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Known in collector circles for his small scale detailed structures, Jimmy Landers crafts period houses, general stores and room boxes.

His most impressive work to date, The Sahlberg, is a 9-room cabinet house and an extraordinary example of fine art, design and architecture.

We had a casual chat with Jimmy about his life making miniatures since retiring from a corporate career and we learned a whole lot about  The Salhberg!

Chris Toledo

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Chris Toledo is best known for his work crafting 1/12 scale historically accurate dollhouses and roomboxes. We were thrilled to host him in our virtual studio.

We had a great time chatting with Chris as we got to know the artist, learn more about his work and talk about our favorite topic…miniatures!

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Maritza Moran

Saturday, May 9, 2020

With her awesome work creating romantic and swoon-worthy tiny treasures, Maritza Moran is as delightful as she is talented. She has a large and devoted following and her work fills the dollhouses and room boxes of collectors from all around the world. 

 

Check out our casual chat with Maritza as we got to know the artist, learn more about her beautiful work and talk about the miniatures world!  We’ll also got a bit of the inside scoop and heard about her early days creating miniatures for the Carole and Barry Kaye Museum of Miniatures in Los Angeles!

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D. Thomas Miniatures is an online retail destination featuring artisan miniatures and top quality collectibles. We scour the planet for collections and handle estate sales.  If you have one to sell, please get in touch!  We also promote and exhibit fine art miniatures whenever and wherever we can!

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