Applying to the MCA Guild Level Membership
The MCA Guild Level Membership is the MCA’s only juried membership. This membership level is designed to attract and bring together professional craft artists to exhibit in the MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows with other professional craft artists making craft work that is excellently conceived, crafted and presented.
Please scroll down to fill out the MCA Guild Level Membership Application Form.
Please Note: The reason to join the MCA at the Guild Level Membership is because you want to exhibit in the MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows. The one-time jury process gives you ongoing access to exhibiting in the shows. If you are not interested in the shows, this membership does not offer any other benefits than those offered by the MCA Professional Level Membership.
MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows
The intent of the shows, as it was under Maine Crafts Guild management, is to nurture a market place where the public can see, collect and learn about the highest quality craft objects made by Maine’s most dedicated, talented and trained craft artists who have mastered their tools, techniques and vision to create original fine craft objects for everyday use and special occasions.
We encourage you to apply if you produce original fine craft 3D objects in one or more of the following categories: basketry, ceramics, wearable fiber, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood.
If you are unsure if your work or media qualifies please contact Emily Shaffer before applying: email@example.com
To ensure a high level of quality in the work exhibited in MCA Guild Fine Craft shows, each jury is instructed to adhere to these guidelines in making decisions:
- Work is handmade and reflects excellence and the unique vision of its maker
- Work is well-conceived and skillfully executed without technical faults
- All work must be the design of the applicant and made in Maine* by the applicant or under their direct supervision.
- *New Hampshire residents living in a town within ten miles of the Maine state line also qualify
What is eligible?
- Three-dimensional, handmade craft that meets the standard statements.
- Small-studio production work made under the direct supervision of the applicant. Direct supervision requires that the artist oversees production work as it occurs and provides constant direction, feedback, and assistance.
- Work that incorporates the use of technology, molds, casting and other efficiencies if the original design is the artists alone and the work meets the other standards.
What is not eligible?
- Commercially manufactured art
- Work assembled (wholly or in part) from commercially available kits.
- Work assembled (wholly or in part) from purchased or found components without the use of an accepted craft technique.
- Two-dimensional art such as paintings, prints, or photographs
- Mixed media work that uses paint and canvas as its primary medium
- Works that incorporates materials acquired from the killing of endangered species
- Elephant/mammoth ivory (this includes fossilized ivory)
- Dried or silk flower arrangements
- Soaps or other “personal care” products
- Value added commercially-made objects – (such as T-shirts, totes, hats, note cards, etc.)
Applicant Resources – Please Read Before Applying
PLEASE NOTE: This form will take awhile to fill out and may “timeout” resulting in loss of your text. Please prepare your text offline and cut/paste your final answers into form and upload your images all at once.
QUESTIONS to PREP (suggested word limit, 100)
- What juried fine craft shows have you have exhibited in recently (last two-three years)
- Studio Location: If different from the address you provided please explain where your studio is located and/or where your work is produced.
- How long have you been practicing your craft? How long have you been producing and selling?
- Describe your craft education including schools, workshops, private study, apprenticeships, self-taught, etc.
- Describe your work including techniques and any part that is not handmade. (ie. purchased components)
- What percentage of your work is one of a kind? Limited Production? Other, please describe.
- MCA Guild Level Membership standards require work be made by themselves or an individual(s) under their direct supervision. Describe the role and percentage of work that is performed by employees and/or subcontractors, if any.
- Additional Information: Please use this space to share anything else you feel will help the jurors understand your work, your practice or your business.
Please prepare six image files to upload and text descriptions of each piece such as: dimensions, retail value, year made, method and techniques used to make, materials.
Please submit 5 images that represent the work you would be exhibiting at an MCA Guild Fine Craft show. The images should be high-quality, suitable for print publication, showing the entire piece. You may submit a detail of a piece, please make note of that in the description field.
A 6th image of your complete booth set-up is also required.