Call for Applications: Saskatchewan Craft Council Jury Sessions
Next free jury session: Spring 2021! Deadline: February 15, 2021
Call to professional craftspeople interested in receiving consultation and feedback on your fine craft, don’t miss out on Saskatchewan Craft Council’s annual complimentary jury session. It will take place March and in April in both Saskatoon and in Regina. Juries will be held both in person and by Zoom online at the applicant’s request.
Applicants are juried by two senior craft artists working in the same craft media, against written standards of excellence developed by the SCC. Being a juried member allows the artists to sell at SCC markets and participate in many programs including SCC Boutique and online store, plus many professional development opportunities and other vehicles to sell work.
Please note: Applicants must take out a Professional Craftsperson membership with the Saskatchewan Craft Council prior to being juried. The Saskatchewan Craft Council is an organization that supports fine craft artists and their work. Please note that jurying is only available to craft artists and is not accessible to visual artists.
Please read the SCC jury criteria and standards below.
For all in person jury sessions the SCC will take the necessary steps to ensure all COVID-19 health regulations are met. Cancellation or rescheduling of the event may occur if at the discretion of the Saskatchewan Craft Council in keeping with any directives of the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
Jurying Process & Criteria
- The intent of SCC markets is to provide a marketplace for high quality handmade objects.
- These criteria apply to all applications for market eligibility.
- Issues not covered by these or media specific guidelines will be subject to the advisement of the Standards and Jurying Committee.
WHO MAY APPLY:
- Members holding a Professional Craftperson Membership, an Affiliated Marketer Membership or a Student Membership and whose membership fees are paid in full.
- Organizational Members may apply as an organization only. Please note: all members of the organization wishing to sell work within the organization/guild booth must be successfully juried as individuals.
JURYING APPLICATION PROCESS:
- The annual jurying sessions are complimentary as a benefit of Professional Craftsperson membership. Jury sessions will be held in March – April 2021 – dates are announced in the SCC SaskCreate and posted on the SCC website. The deadline for applications to the annual jury session is February 15th.
- If you cannot attend the annual jury session, interim sessions are offered throughout the year for a $50 fee. For more information contact Alexa Hainsworth, SCC Member Services Coordinator, at 306- 653-3616 ext. 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SCC will send information regarding general and media specific jurying criteria to the craftsperson upon receipt of the membership fee and/or upon request. Fees apply to boost membership to Professional category or for payment of interim jury sessions.
- A deadline will be set for receipt of jurying applications, and applicants will be informed of their jurying interview date by March 5.
- Participants must submit 12 samples in each medium to be juried. If your work is in large formats and difficult to transport, contact the Member Services Coordinator to determine what works to show. Should the applicant not be able to meet with the jurors, submitted materials must be shipped and insured both ways at the applicant’s expense or photographs taken of various angles of the work.
- All applicants will be informed verbally at the interview (or within 24 hours) as to the decision of the jurors; and in writing within one week after the jurying takes place.
- The decision of the Jurors is FINAL. No appeals will be accepted. You may make adjustments to work previously juried in order to apply again.
Access the Jury Application HERE
For questions call or email:
Member Services Coordinator
306 653-3616 ext 1.
PRODUCT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
The following criteria will apply to all objects for sale at SCC Markets:
- A craft article must be: a) the original idea of the craftsperson or, b) a skillful rendering of a traditional or classic design.
- The use of commercial kits or molds is not acceptable.
- Articles that require simple assembly of commercially available parts as opposed to skillful manipulation of materials will not be accepted.
- Original design is expected in all products offered at SCC markets. Commercial patterns must be used with discretion. If used as the basis for product design in any media, this must be indicated on the jurying application form. Basic patterns must be substantially altered before the product is acceptable.
- Reproductions of traditional or classical designs must be labelled as such.
- Ready-made parts or components are permitted only if they are subordinate to the total design and craftsmanship of the article.
- A piece must show understanding of the properties and limitations of the materials as well as competent methods of construction.
- Articles must be skillfully finished.
- The level of technique involved, and the design in terms of its function, will be considered in the evaluation of the overall quality of any given piece.
- The object must be capable of serving the purpose for which it was designed.
- Objects must be well designed both technically and aesthetically. Good design requires the consideration of the elements of design (form, line, colour and texture) and the principles of design (contrast, rhythm, repetition, transition, proportion and scale). These components, and the way in which they are expressed, are integral to the design quality of the finished piece.
- The sale of kits prepared by the marketer is not permitted.
- Customers must be informed of product care and use. Warning labels or tags must accompany the product e.g “raku pottery cannot go in the dishwasher”; “This doll is not a toy and should be used for decorative purposes only”.
- The craftsperson is responsible for obtaining and complying with government safety and health regulations, as well as regulations regarding labelling. The SCC assumes no responsibility for the marketers’ compliance with government health, safety and labeling regulations.
- Criteria for Jurying Basketry & Wheatweaving
- Criteria for Jurying Caligraphy
- Criteria for Jurying Candlemaking
- Criteria for Jurying Clay
- Criteria for Jurying Dried Floral
- Criteria for Jurying Fibre
- Criteria for Jurying Folk Art
- Criteria for Jurying Glass
- Criteria for Jurying Handmade Soap
- Criteria for Jurying Jewellery
- Criteria for Jurying Marbling
- Criteria for Jurying Metal / Lapidary
- Criteria for Mixed Media
- Criteria for Jurying Papermaking
- Criteria for Jurying Photography
- Criteria for Jurying Printmaking
- Criteria for Jurying Sculpture
- Criteria for Jurying Seed Beading
- Criteria for Jurying Wood
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: JURORS NEEDED
Deadline: Feb 15, 2021
The SCC is looking for experienced craft artists to act as jurors in upcoming annual sessions in March and April, and throughout the year, to evaluate work by unjuried professional craftspeople. The annual sessions will take place March and in April in both Saskatoon and in Regina, and throughout the year when needed. Juries will be held both in person and online by Zoom at the applicant’s request.
Jurors are required for all craft categories listed above.
Qualified jurors will possess one or more of the following qualifications:
- Juried member of the SCC
- 5 years or more experience as a professional craftsperson (selling, producing, exhibiting, etc.)
- Certificate, diploma or degree in craft or art
- Instructor of workshops or classes in craft or art
- Have participated as a juror in other craft or art related juries
- Have an up to date CV