Dear Noel, I have been part of one juried show and have attended
many others. I personally feel what “separates juried shows” from
the typical craft show full of bought merchandise for resale and
items assembled from kits, is the level of artistry and
craftsmanship on display. The public should be able to enjoy and
explore the work of artists/craft-persons who have taken the craft
to the higher level of creativity and craftsmanship. One item
expected at such shows is “the artist/craftsman” who both designs
and produces the work. Sure, you might talk to his or her spouse
but sometime during the show the artist/craftsman is expected to be
One reason I attend juried shows is the very desire to speak with
the artist/crafts-person, to discuss techniques, to find common
interests, etc. Yes, I see something I like and I will purchase it.
AS FOR THE “DESIGNER” who does not produce, I see this as a
violation of the spirit of the juried show, if not a direct
violation of show rules.
On my unpublished website I ramble a little about “kinds” of
creativity. Some of what I say fits this subject. If you want to see
a very simple site and care to see my thoughts on creative work,
here is the address:
http://www.angelfire.com/falcon/spirit_in_creation/ Go to page 4.
There are those who design only. There are those who technically
reproduce only. Then, there are those who not only create from some
inner spirit and do the work to render with fine craftsmanship. That
third person is the one I want to see and EXPECT to see at a juried
I believe the student is going the wrong direction in this. Well, if
not wrong, perhaps askew from what should be. Then I would also ask,
are the works presented designed so well as to outdo all the self
designed and produced items of artists/craftsmen on premises? It
appears a problem the particular jury must work out in rules for the
show. Still, it violates my sense of what is expected of these
shows by the public.