Early in the life of the Guild, founders Richard and Liz Caemmerer became aware of the international significance of the art of Sadao Watanabe. Rich and Liz had received calendars and prints with his woodblock art from friends living in Tokyo.
“We saw the work of an artist who, largely on his own, was connecting the Gospel to his culture.” ~Rich
The creative-edge spirit of Watanabe’s work resonated with the Guild’s mission. To honor this connection, Watanabe was named an Honorary Guild Artist. Rich and Liz presented a small stained glass piece to him in Japan. It was a life-changing experience for them to see his humble studio and meet his wife who packed and mailed his work all over the world.
The title of “Guild Master” continues to honor the artists who, through their life, faith and work, exemplify what the Grünewald Guild seeks to embody in the world.
The Guild Masters are:
A top-notch craftswoman in the art of enameling, Jean is able to help people of all levels of experience to create wondrous works of color in glass. Jean’s generous spirit, love of teaching and deep faith in the daily miraculous blesses all who are fortunate to meet and work with her.
An expert with the rare medium of clay paper sculpture, Ruth has taught at the Guild every summer since its inception. Ruthie demonstrates the grace, skill and humble spirit of the Guild mission wherever she goes.
BRO. MICKEY MCGRATH
A truly unique painter and illustrator, particularly of the rich history of saints, Brother Mickey brings beauty and mirth to everything he touches. Mickey has been a popular faculty member of the Guild for many years.
A rare spirit, both in the art of calligraphy and in his life, Alan has demonstrated the wonderful balance of being a master of his craft and a warm, nutty and accessible spirit that we hope to maintain forever at the Guild.
SADAO WATANABE (HONORARY)
Watanabe was famous for his biblical prints rendered in the mingei (folk art) tradition of Japan. He lived a life of humble excellence, bringing together fine craftsmanship and a unique expression of story that serves as an inspiration.
RICHARD AND LIZ CAEMMERER
Rich and Liz founded the Guild, and infused it with their vision, warmth, mirth and love for history and culture that continues to pervade the Guild as we move into the future