PGC Master Artisan Procedures

Application, Description & Image Assessment

Members may apply, via the link below, to be scheduled for a Master Artisan Jury Session. The online application requires 4 to 6 digital images representative of the work that will be brought for hands-on review and a statement outlining the applicant’s craft background, education, specialized techniques, and studio setup.

Jury sessions are limited to 14 applicants per day to allow for a thorough review by a select jury of Master Artisans. Applications are reviewed by the Standards Committee and scheduling is done based on the date of receipt of the application, the completeness of the application, and review of the information received. Applicants will be notified of their scheduled Master Artisan Jury Session date and time as soon as possible.

The non-refundable application fee is $55. In the event an applicant is not approved for Master Artisan status, he or she may reapply within two years of first application at the reduced application rate of $25.

Next Master Session: Monday, January 20, 2020

Deadline for applications: Friday, January 10, 2020

Presentation & Visual Review

Members whose applications have been accepted will, on the day of their scheduled jury session, bring 4 to 6 works that exemplify the Three Benchmarks for review by a jury of Master Artisans selected by the Standards Committee.

After arranging their works for review, each applicant will have three minutes to talk with jurors about his or her work by answering these questions:

  • How long have you worked in your chosen medium?
  • What do you find most compelling about your medium?
  • What do you hope to convey with your work – what is your voice?

After the verbal presentations, the applicants will leave the jury area and the Master Artisan jurors will examine and review each applicant’s work to determine whether it successfully meets the Three Benchmarks.

Decisions are made by the jury based on all the information presented on the day of the jury session and on the Master Artisan application and accompanying documents.

A primary goal of the jury is to provide useful information about the artisans’ work, as the Master Artisan jury process is always about raising the level of our work, so after decisions have been rendered, each applicant, whether successful or unsuccessful, will be met by a juror or jurors who will speak with them individually about the rationale for the jury’s decision. Master Artisan certificates will be mailed to successful candidates within 4 weeks of the session.

One presentation is included in the cost of the application. Members who wish to return for a second session, within two years, may apply at a reduced re-jury fee of $25.00.

Benefits of Master Artisan Status include:

Benefits of Master Artisan Status

  • Recognition and acknowledgment that the artisan has achieved a level of exceptional ability and has produced work of true excellence.
  • Special consideration for participation in PGC exhibitions.
  • Eligibility to win awards presented at PGC Fine Craft Fairs.
  • Priority image use on PGC marketing and advertising materials.
  • Featured profile page on PGC website’s membership directory.
  • Show selection scoring bonus for PGC Fine Craft Fairs.

OUR THREE BENCHMARKS

Excellence In Craftsmanship

Excellence in craftsmanship is reserved for work that shows the highest standards of quality. The work demonstrates a mastery of the medium, far beyond basic and intermediate proficiency skills. Attention to details and a thorough knowledge of the medium is demonstrated. Materials used are of the highest quality and of the best choice to enhance the overall design of the piece. The entire work is executed without technical flaw and it meets its intended purpose — e.g.,  if it’s a pitcher, it must pour, a jacket must fit, a drawer must glide freely. The appropriateness of technique and process are successfully united in a piece that shows excellence of craftsmanship.

Resolved Design

Resolved Design shows good composition and artistic excellence. Choice of materials and methods shows innovation and mastery. Criteria for reproduction or original interpretation of traditional work include both the use of materials that are appropriate to the period and style and documentation to support the traditional style of the work being interpreted or reproduced.

Unique Voice

Unique Voice speaks of the true creative nature of the Master Artisan who creates contemporary fine craft. The conceptual richness evidenced in the work shows the nature, complexity and execution that marks the work as particular to this individual artisan. It is distinctive. Unique Voice sets it apart from the work of others. It achieves an individual identity readily recognizable as belonging to this artisan.

Faithful Reproduction represents the faithful and sensitive reproduction or original interpretation of traditional styles, designs, and shapes that have defined long-respected works of the craftsmen of our history.

Presentation & Visual Review

THE MASTER ARTISAN JURY PROCESS

APPLICATION

Only Craftsman-level members in good standing are eligible to apply for Master Artisan status. Applicants submit 4 to 6 digital images that represent the nature and quality of the work to be reviewed by the jurors at the Master Artisan Session; a statement outlining the applicant’s craft background, education, specialized techniques and studio setup (i.e. independent studio, partnership, production studio with assistants or employees); and payment of the application fee.

Applications are reviewed by members of the Standards Committee and select appointees, based on their expertise in the applicant’s medium. Those applicants who meet the application criteria are invited to attend the next jury session on the PGC calendar. If there are too many qualified applicants to be accommodated in one session, the applicants will be invited according to the date of receipt of their completed application.

The non-refundable application fee is $55.00. Applicants whose works do not earn Master Artisan status may re-apply within two years from the date of unsuccessful jurying for a reduced fee of $25.00.

THE MASTER ARTISAN SESSION

On the day of the Master Artisan Session, accepted applicants will bring 4 to 6 works that they feel best to exemplify the Three Benchmarks: Excellence in Craftsmanship, Resolved Design, and Unique Voice or Faithful Reproduction of a Traditional Craft.  There is no need to bring props; the jury will be focused exclusively on the work.

VERBAL PRESENTATION

Applicants will each have three minutes to talk with two or three jurors about their work, concentrating on their choice of materials and techniques and skills they employ.

VISUAL REVIEW

After the verbal presentations, the applicants will leave the jury area while jurors review the works, to determine whether they successfully meet the Three Benchmarks.

After a period of discussion, the jury will make a final decision. The decision, with a comment, suggestion, or helpful criticism will be noted by the recording member of the jury on a form to be shared with the applicant via email, within one week of the session.

After decisions have been rendered, the applicants re-enter the room, in small groups, each applicant to be met by a juror or jurors who will speak with them, individually about the decision.

Successful candidates will receive a certificate within 4 weeks.

Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to accept constructive feedback from the jurors, but the applicant is not required to do so.

THE THREE BENCHMARKS

EXCELLENCE IN CRAFTSMANSHIP

Excellence in Craftsmanship is reserved for work that shows the highest standards of quality. The work demonstrates a mastery of the medium, far beyond basic and intermediate proficiency skills. Attention to details and a thorough knowledge of the medium is demonstrated. Materials used are of the highest quality and of the best choice to enhance the overall design of the piece. The entire work is executed without technical flaw and it meets its intended purpose — e.g., if it’s a pitcher, it must pour, a jacket must fit, a drawer must glide freely. The appropriateness of technique and process are successfully united in a piece that shows the excellence of craftsmanship.

RESOLVED DESIGN

Resolved Design shows good composition and artistic excellence. Choice of materials and methods shows innovation and mastery. Criteria for reproduction or original interpretation of traditional work include both the use of materials that are appropriate to the period and style and documentation to support the traditional style of the work being interpreted or reproduced.

UNIQUE VOICE OR FAITHFUL REPRODUCTION

Unique Voice speaks of the true creative nature of the Master Artisan who creates a contemporary fine craft. The conceptual richness evidenced in the work shows the nature, complexity, and execution that marks the work as particular to this individual artisan. It is distinctive. Unique Voice sets it apart from the work of others. It achieves an individual identity readily recognizable as belonging to this artisan.

Faithful Reproduction represents the faithful and sensitive reproduction or original interpretation of traditional styles, designs, and shapes that have defined long-respected works of the craftsmen of our history.

Taken together, the Three Benchmarks, well executed, evidence work that that merits the artisan the prestigious distinction of PGC Master Artisan.

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