The Three Jury Processes
There are three separate and distinct types of jurying done by our Standards Committee:
- Master Artisan Status Jurying
- Fine Craft Fair Exhibitor Selection Jurying
- Fine Craft Fair Floor Jurying
Master Artisan Status jurying is the process by which member craftsmen may be awarded this high honor among our ranks. Master Artisans of the PGC receive special consideration in show acceptance, have their works sought out for PGC publicity, and are recognized among their peers as being the best of the best. The jury process is driven by the Three Benchmarks and the ultimate goal of the jury is to provide the applicant, successful or not, with well-reasoned valuable feedback as respects the artisan’s work.
Fine Craft Fair Exhibitor Selection Jurying is the process by which applicants to our Fine Craft Fairs are selected as exhibitors. There are always more applicants than there are spaces at our Fine Craft Fairs and the Selection Jury’s job is to review every submission and to choose the best of the best. The jury may review well over 1,500 images in the Jury Session. Applicants are scored on their submission images and other information gleaned from their applications.
Floor Jurying is the process by which the PGC assures exhibitors and patrons alike of the best possible Fine Craft Fair experience. A group of experts, coordinated by the Standards Vice President, visits each exhibitor’s booth during the Fine Craft Fair(s) to verify that the work complies with that submitted in the application; the artisan of record is, in fact, present in the booth; and, for Master Artisans, which exhibitors will be awarded the Three Benchmark Awards.
Our Three Benchmarks
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 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 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.