About us


Mrs. Edward Tollefsen of Kearney, Nebraska founded the International Guild of Candle Artisans in 1965. "The idea to start a candlecrafters’ association came to me as I read Ruth Monroe’s CandleGlo Magazine. She seemed so much like myself, an amateur anxious to share her knowledge with others…Ruth was so enthusiastic that she immediately printed my name and address. Then Mr. Wilson of Wick Magazine offered his facilities and services. After the publicity in these two magazines, inquiries began coming in faster. We were soon giving birth to our new baby, the candlecrafters’ guild."

With the help of the two magazines, interested parties were invited to an organizational meeting at Kearney, Nebraska. The name International Guild of Candle Artisans (IGCA) was chosen, and officers elected. The IGCA was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in September of 1969.


The Candlelighter - our online, bi-monthly magazine with helpful hints and articles about how-to-make candles, candlemakers, and the candlemaking industry.

eNewsletter– our online newsletter is published at least two times per month to keep members and interested parties aware of current IGCA activities.

Member’s Showcase- A free-to-members listing for your business, with a link to your website.

Forum – a place for members to share ideas, ask questions and get solutions to problems, sell candlemaking items no longer needed, etc.

Member’s Listing- a listing of IGCA members by state which can be used to facilitate networking among members.

Conventions, Workshops, and Seminars – group meetings held at various locations throughout the U.S. Activities may include hands-on candlemaking classes, candlemaking demonstrations, business workshops, members' candle displays, vendor presentations, and a flea market, as well as the transaction of the organization’s business


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