Pathways to Membership, pt2
Our jury for Artisans Gallery Team consists of 3-6 members in various media. Each jury is different, so if an aspiring shop is rejected by one jury, our recommendation is to review what we are looking for, make strategic changes, and then try the next jury.
Prospective shops are graded from 1-5 in 3 areas: Originality,Skill, and Presentation. Each juror grades every shop and then the scores are averaged. Here are the exact instructions sent to each juror:
Originality: Do you see anything unique and personal? Does the artist have a distinctive style, an original voice, a personal vision? Overall, is this work very much like numerous other Etsy shops, or does it stand out? Is this work than you might see in a Fine Arts and Crafts gallery?
Skill: Do you see advanced techniques? Could this work be made after just a few classes or has this work evolved after much practice? Is the person knowledgeable about the materials used? Do you see evidence of pride in quality craftsmanship?
Presentation: This is a grade for the photography and written copy of the shop. Are the photos clear, are some staged with interesting props or models, can they be used in treasuries well? Are the photos uncluttered? Is the shop announcement clear; showing personality without rambling? Are the product descriptions complete? Does the profile give artistic history and credentials? Is the overall feeling professional?
After jurying, the scores are sent back to the vetting team for final review. Our jury has been complete for some time now, and I apologize to prospective members, as one of the vetting team, for holding up our process. I am recovering beautifully from surgery but have needed time to mend. We will announce new members in the next week.
Happy 4th of July to US readers! I will be back to answer any questions left in comments below.
Pt 1 of this series is here
by Lee/ OneClayBead