Submission Details

To be accepted as an active juried member, work must meet established levels of design and craftsmanship. To be juried in a category you must submit three (3) items. (Example: 3 baskets)

Work submitted for jury process must:
1. Be original and created by the applicant
2. Be creative in design and/or craftsmanship
3. Exhibit a high level of technical skill in the use of materials
4. Show product consistency
5. Be completed within the last 3 years
6. Be presented in a professional manner

Work that will not be considered for jurying:
1. Products made from and/or based on kits or commercial patterns
2. Products made from commercial molds (exception: molds created by the applying artisan)
3. Commercially made products purchased and decorated
4. Classroom work or work done as a student
5. Items done without attention to product safety
6. Does not meet the additional category standards listed

Additional Suggestions:
1. Enter works that are examples of what you consider to be your best work
2. Do not submit any work that would fall under the heading of  “Work that will not be considered for jurying.” Any such work will cause a significant drop in your overall score during the jury process
3. Pay attention to details–ensure that your work and its presentation is the best that it can be
4. Submit actual work—slides and photographs are not accepted (photos are only
accepted in photography category)  In addition to the previously mentioned standards, artisans’ work should meet the additional category standards.

Basketry
1. Baskets must be made from materials appropriate for its primary function, whether expressive, decorative or utilitarian.
2. If the intent of the artisan is to reproduce a particular style of basket (Shaker, Nantucket, split ash, etc.) the craftsmanship must be precise.
3. Baskets must be finished inside and out.
4. Thickness of weavers and uprights should be in proportion with form and function of the piece.
5. Any color or decoration should enhance the form in a way that is integral to function and expression of the piece.
6. Handles and rims should be strong, smooth to the touch, and firmly attached. Use of commercially purchased handles is discouraged.
7. Materials or objects used in making non-functional baskets should be consistent with, and enhance the primary materials chosen for the basket’s structure.
8. Work should be durable, structurally strong and well made so that it has a reasonablelife span when used for its intended purpose.

Drawing
1. Work must exhibit confidence and expertise with the drawing media.
2. Work must reflect the ability to compose and create using the elements and principles of design.
3. Work should be on a support (acid free paper, board, etc) that is intended to last and is of good condition.
4. Work may be mounted, matted and/or framed (matting and framing not required).
5. Work on paper that is not matted or framed needs to be mounted on board with at least a one (1) inch boarder.
6. Work on paper or board not framed needs to be enclosed in plastic wrap, self-sealing cellophane sleeves or shrink wrap.

Fiberwork

1. Fiberwork may be traditional, contemporary innovative, including wearables,
decorative accessories, and functional and non-functional objects.
2. The finished product must be made from high quality materials suitable for the
intended purpose. Enhancements to the finished piece (hanging supports, garment
findings, purchased components) should be well made and not dominate the work.
3. Work should show control and mastery of structure, tension and finishing.
4. Precision in construction is required, with no visible guide markings.
5. Work must be clean and neatly presented.
6. Work should be durable, structurally strong and well made so that it has a reasonable life span when used for its intended purpose.
7. The finished product must demonstrate more than technical proficiency, more than the reproduction of a recognized style; it should express the personal aesthetic and vision of the maker, and demonstrate a style, with attention to detail, design, function and finish.

Folk Art
1. Work may be the result of traditional and/or innovative processes resulting in
handcrafted folk art.
2. Work should reflect knowledge of folk art techniques whether traditional and/or contemporary.
3. Each work should demonstrate that attention has been paid to all surfaces.
4. Overall design of the piece should be harmonious.
5. Painting, decorating, carving, etching, color and surface treatments should fit and enhance the work.
6. Work should be durable, structurally strong and well made so that it has a reasonable life span when used for its intended purpose.
7. Any adhesives or glue used in creating the work must be carefully applied with no “squeeze out” visible.

Jewelry
1. Work must demonstrate mastery of medium used, other that stringing commercially made beads and findings.
2. Work may be created from innovative and/or traditional materials.
3. Commercially made plastic beads and findings will not be accepted.
4. All materials used must be good quality and in good condition, including findings.
5. Stringing material must be strong and adequate for intended purpose.
6. Connections (soldered, glued, stitched or otherwise attached) should be physically strong. Any adhesives or glue used in creating the work must be carefully applied with no “squeeze out” visible.
7. Work should be durable, structurally strong and well made so that it has a reasonable life span when used for its intended purpose.

Miscellaneous
1. Work must be created from materials appropriate for the primary function, whether expressive, decorative or       utilitarian.
2. Work must exhibit confidence and expertise in using the materials.
3. Overall design of the piece should be harmonious.
4. Painting, decorating, carving, etching, color and surface treatment should fit and enhance the work.
5. Work must demonstrate that attention has been given to detail, design, function and finish.
6. The finished product must demonstrate more than technical proficiency. It should express the personal aesthetic vision of the maker.
7. Work should be durable, structurally strong and well made so that it has a reasonable life span when used for its intended purpose.

Painting
1. The artist’s handling of paint should exhibit confidence and expertise with the painting media.
2. The work must reflect the artist’s ability to compose and create using the elements and principles of design.
3. Work should be on support that is intended to last and is of good condition.
4. Stretched materials should be taught without puckers.
5. Oils and acrylics that are place on non traditional surfaces must have proper
undercoating (gesso etc.) to ensure the longevity of the work.
6. Watercolor and gouache must be on papers and boards of high quality and acid free.
7. Work may be mounted, matted and/or framed (matting and framing not required).
8. Water soluble work on paper that is not matted or framed need to be mounted on
board with at least a one (1) inch boarder.
9. Water soluble work on paper or board not framed needs to be enclosed in plastic wrap, self-sealing cellophane sleeves or shrink wrap.

Photography 
1. Photographic prints should exhibit confidence and expertise using photography as a media.
2. The work must reflect the artisan’s ability to compose using the elements and
principles of design.
3. Work should be printed on good quality paper and/or board that is intended to have a reasonable life.
4. Work may be mounted, matted and/or framed (matting and framing not required).
5. Work not matted or framed needs to be mounted on board with at least a one (1) inch boarder.
6. Matted and mounted work needs to be enclosed in plastic wrap, self-sealing
cellophane sleeves or shrink wrap.

Pottery
1. Pottery may be utilitarian and/or decorative.
2. The work may be thrown, hand built or a combination.
3. The thickness of clay should be in proportion and harmony with the form and function of the piece.
4. Attachments should be physically strong. Handles, spouts and lids should function well.
5. Work must reflect the artist’s ability to create three-dimensional work that exhibits the effective use of relevant elements and principles of design.
6. Work should demonstrate that attention has been given to all surfaces, including the bottom.
7. Glazes, finishes and/or decorations should fit and enhance the form in a way that is integral to the function and expression of the piece.
8. Work should be finished inside and out according to the function of the piece.

Printmaking
1. The work may be from traditional and innovative processes resulting in original, hand pulled edition prints.
2. Work must demonstrate the ability of the artist to use relevant elements and principles of design to compose art.
3. Creation of prints, from design to execution, must be the work of the artisan whether it is from plates, blocks, stones, or screens, etc.
4. The artisan must be capable of performing all aspects of the printing process
represented and directly oversee and/or perform all of the processes.
5. Hand-colored prints are permitted, but they must be hand-colored by the artisan being juried.
6. Work may be mounted, matted and/or framed (matting and framing not required).
7. Work not matted or framed needs to be mounted on board with at least a one (1) inch boarder.
8. Matted and mounted work needs to be enclosed in plastic wrap, self-sealing
cellophane sleeves or shrink wrap.

Sculpture
1. The piece must reflect the artist’s ability to create three-dimensional works that exhibit the effective use of relevant elements and principles of design.
2. Each piece should demonstrate that attention has been paid to all surfaces, including the bottom.
3. Connections should be physically strong.
4. Work should be durable, structurally strong and well made so that it has a reasonable life span when used for its intended purpose.
5. The joining, fitting and finishing of all parts should be the result of conscious decision and control.
6. Any purchased parts or findings must be of high quality and be well integrated in the work.
7. Finishing should be of high quality and be well integrated in the work.
8. Overall design of the piece should be harmonious.
9. Painting, decorating, etching, color and surface treatments should fit and enhance the work.

Woodwork
l. Each piece should demonstrate that attention has been paid to all surfaces, including the back and bottom.
2. Connections should be physically strong and visibly neat.
3. Work should be durable, structurally strong and well made so that it has a reasonable life span when used for its intended purpose.
4. The joining and fitting of all parts must be the result of conscious decision and control.
5. The finish must be of high quality and fit the intended purpose of the piece.
6. Any painting and/or decorating should fit and enhance the form in a way that is integral to the function and expression of the piece.
7. Any purchased parts must be of high quality and be well integrated in the work.

Health and Safety Guidelines
The artisan is responsible for making sure that all work meets all Federal,
State and Local Health and Safety Requirements.