7/04/2010

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

21 comments:

SewnNatural said...

Thank you, Lee, for laying this out both for current members and for prospective ones.

Your leadership on this team is amazing, and much appreciated. Your health and your healing are of paramount importance and I'm thrilled to hear that the summer sun is helping your healing.

Thanks again!

Michelle said...

Lee, I am soooo thankful for all your Work and professsionality!!!!
Really looking forward to meet our new Team members :D

who.knows.what.dreams.may.go said...

good luck to all the new prospective members:)

Roxana said...

I'm so proud to be on this team! Can't wait to see who are newbies will be.

donauluft said...

I´m thrilled to see the decisions next week!

ingermaaike said...

I am very much looking forwards to seeing the new members! Hat off for all the wonderful work that has been put in :)

aroluna said...

I'm so excited for the new members, can't wait!
Thank you Lee for your work, keep healing!!!

Victoria Webb said...

Thanks so much to Lee for her leadership, her talent and....her organizational skills!

Keeping a large team together and running smoothly is a huge challenge, but personal health is more important. Many best wishes to you for a full and speedy recovery~

paula said...

thank you for keeping us abreast of the who's whats and whens. the whys too :) glad you are recovering and back!

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

I'm so happy you are recovering, and you are astonishing the work you've been up to...thank you so much, Lee! I'm looking forward to seeing the newcomers!

anakim said...

I'm glad to see you're recovering and doing such a great job with the team. I'm looking forward to welcome the new members. Thanks for having my necklace in the post.

kathiroussel said...

great news on your smooth recovery lee. it will be exciting to welcome all of the new team members and watch our team grow. thanks for devoting your time and energy to this important phase of final selections.
best wishes to you and all from seattle!

Sea Pinks said...

Very exciting, can't wait to meet the new teammates!

Little bug jewelry/Jane said...

Glad to hear you are recovering! And good to know that we can re-apply as our shops evolve!

Monica said...

Wow, Lee! You have done an amazing job and I am so thankful for it.

Very excited to meet the new members!

slinkycat said...

Thank you Lee, to you and to everyone else 'behind the scenes' who puts so much in to this team, it is very much appreciated.

I am thrilled to be a member of such a special team, and thank everybody for being so lovely! I am looking forward to 'meeting' the new members and watching the team grow.

Rebecca said...

Found the link to the blog on FB and wow... what a great blog! Thanks for this helpful post. I'll be checking in regularly and looking forward to seeing who made the cut this time around.

Helmi said...

I love this blog.
grt. Helmi

Sigmosaics said...

thanks for outlining the process Lee! I can't wait to meet our new team members too :D

Amber said...

Thanks for all the clear information! I love the idea of a team that involves a jury. I'm getting back in the swing of things on Etsy (after a year long maternity/family leave) and will keep up on your team for January. Would love to be a part of an active team again and I admit I'm smitten with this one.

woodmouse
http://www.etsy.com/shop/woodmouse

stephanie levy said...

I would love to be part of your team! Perhaps you can check out my blog and see if you think I might be a good fit :)

xoxo
Stephanie