Jurying

In order to become a Juried Member of Craft NB, an individual must first have their work reviewed and approved by a jurying committee. A Juried Member of Craft NB is a professional level craftsperson/artist creating exceptional quality hand-made contemporary or traditional items.

To have work juried, individuals must fill out an application form, pay a twenty five dollar jurying fee, and submit five professionally-presented examples of their work to be reviewed by a peer-based jury. All items must have been made within the last 12 months. The five examples of work submitted must be in the medium in which the artist plans to sell. Members must be re-juried to sell products in a new medium.

A return name and address label must be enclosed with your work, or you can deliver and pick up your work from the Craft NB office in Fredericton.

Each piece submitted must be clearly labeled and correspond to the application form.

Please read our Standards for important information prior to completing your application.

If you have any questions at all about the process or your application, please do not hesitate to call our friendly office staff who are always happy to help.

To be successful, the applicant’s work must demonstrate all the following:

  • Originality
    • Products must be original to the craftsperson or a skillful rendering of a traditional or classic design.
    • Work must show the ‘hand of the maker’ indicating a personal contribution that separates the work from that of other craftspeople. Work must demonstrate a clear, personal vision and unique, distinctive style.
  • Design
    • Products must demonstrate that the maker has an understanding of design, indicated by a careful consideration of concept, function, colour, texture and form.
  • Materials
    • Products must be made of high quality materials, suitable to the item produced.
    • Commercial, pre-manufactured components and recycled materials can be used if the original form is substantively transformed by the craftsperson.
  • Techniques
    • Must demonstrate a high level of technical skill and consistency of quality.
    • Must be sound and able to withstand normal expected usage.

Jury Process

The peer-based jury will be made up of a panel of craft professionals with at least one juror in the specialized field of the applicant.

If the work is very large, arrangements may be made to have the jury process occur either on site or in close proximity to the maker’s studio.

In exceptional cases, digital images may be permitted, but this is not advised or preferable. Please contact the Project Coordinator for details. Jury sessions will be held twice a year in early May and October.

 

Results

We aspire to notify applicants of the results within two weeks of the application date, and provide constructive feedback in written form. If the application is successful, applicants will also be invoiced for the current year’s membership fees at this time.

In the case that the application is not accepted, it is the hope that they will consider the constructive feedback and resubmit for the following jurying session. It may also be suggested that the applicant join Craft NB as an Emerging Artist and learn and grow their practice from this process in order to better prepare them for subsequent jurying.

If for any reason the applicant feels that there has been an error in the jurying process, they can appeal the jury’s decision. In this case, applicants must contact the Executive Director within 10 days of receiving results. A new peer-based jury will be struck to review the work. The applicant will be given notification of the outcome within approximately two weeks of the appeal date. The decision of the second jury is final.

 

Review

All Market Members are encouraged to maintain the highest level of craft production in New Brunswick.

Members of the Standards Committee will circulate at all Craft NB fine craft festivals to ensure standards of quality and media designation. If problems are identified, the Standards Committee will notify the juried member in writing.

Members will be expected to make necessary improvements by the following craft festival.

If there are any unresolved issues, a panel will be struck to address these issues with the member.

NEXT JURYING DEADLINE:

We have two jury session every year. The deadlines are always the first Friday of May and the first Friday of October.

Steps to apply:

  1. Download the application form, fill it out and send it to us by email or send it with your pieces. Click here to download.
  2. Bring your 5 pieces to the office the week prior to the jurying .
  3. Pay your jurying fees by clicking on the button below.

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