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jury fee hustle, standards

updated thu 12 oct 00


amy parker on wed 11 oct 00

I've been to many shows, and I've been in most shops & galleries in Western
NC, picking up every pot I see, fondling them if they needed it (OK, I'm a
closet pot molester!). I've picked up an awful lot of pots at juried shows
that were poorly made or poorly finished. Pots can look better on film than
in real life, unlike most of us! A pot does not show its extra weight in a
slide. A pot shows its good side in a good slide. A pot does not show its
bottom in a slide. You don't see the s-cracks and the kiln wash. I LOVE to
have my booth next to one of these potters!!!

I think even juried shows should hold their entrants to a standard of
quality. Just because it looked good in the picture does not mean that is
what the artist will bring to the show. If a show has a rule as to
standards, then you owe it to yourself to make sure you understand what
those standards are and make sure that your work meets them before you show

The ACC shows in Atlanta that I have attended have consistently had work of
exquisite craftsmanship. The highly-touted Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone
Mountain, GA had some absolute handmade junk, as well as some finely
crafted wares. Both shows are juried.

Amy in ColdLanta where scraping the frost off the windshield has been
necessary every morning this week
>There is nothing worse that having a booth beside an inexperienced potter who
>tells you one year that the sick pink glaze covering his entire production
>was because of a power shortage and the next year he tells you his entire
>production of blistered pots were due to poor GB.
>Jurying work saves much embarrassment. Quite often unjuried shows have a
>rule that states: work that does not meet the standards and quality of the
>craft will be not be accepted and his fee will be refunded. This hurts the
>artists who after working his butt off to build a kiosk, moving his pots to
>the site only to find out when he gets to the door that his work has not yet
>reached the standards required.
Amy Parker
Lithonia, GA