The Guild represents over 350 artisans of fine craft whose works range from traditional items, such as quilts, baskets, wood-carved spoons and blacksmithing to more contemporary items, such as clay and metal sculpture, fused glass, handcrafted jewelry and mixed media art.
Membership is open to all whose work reflects a high degree of competence, professional standards and artistry in a specific medium and category. Craftsmen working in more than one medium or category must apply for each medium and/or category separately.
Membership is available for individuals or two or more people may apply as a studio (two or more artisans working under a designated leader). Acceptance of group membership is decided by the Standards committee on a case-by-case basis.
To read more about Membership Benefits and Requirements, click here.
Eligibility for Guild membership is determined by a jury review process that is held twice each year. One is held in March and one in August with applications and work samples due the last Friday in February at 5pm or first review and July 31 at 5 pm for the second.
The Standards Committee is composed of exhibiting members representing the various mediums, who have been appointed for three-year terms by the Guild president. The President is a voting member of the committee. The committee meets twice a year to jury prospective members. Exhibiting members are re-evaluated every
three years for nine consecutive years before the member becomes a fellow and is no longer required to submit for further reviews.
The Membership Application along with the $30 jury fee, three (3) examples of work created within the past three years, five (5) photographs and all supporting documents must be submitted no later than the application deadline.
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Applicants must state medium and category. Many craft items fall into a gray area. Do the best you can to identify the medium and the category. The committee will reclassify if necessary.
Examples of work may be submitted in more than one medium (wood, clay, glass, metal, etc.), but each medium must be accompanied by a separate application, resume, artist’s statement, photos and $30 jury fee.
Each piece of work is handled and scrutinized carefully by every member of the committee. Work made from pre-assembled commercial kits is not acceptable. A very high degree of skill and competence must be evident. Small details are considered. Photographs, resumes and artists’ statements are reviewed. Open discussion is held and experts in the medium are consulted. An artisan’s emerging potential is considered.
Members of the Louisiana Crafts Guild:
We offer a reciprocal membership agreement to the members of the Louisiana Crafts Guild to become a member of the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi.
To download the Louisiana Reciprocal Membership Form, click here.