Member Benefits & Requirements

Benefits include:

Galleries – Exclusive ability to display and sell work at the Guild’s main gallery in the Bill Waller Craft Center in Ridgeland , satellite gallery at Outlets of Mississippi in Pearl and online gallery.

Festival/ShowCases – Option to show and sell work at all sanctioned Guild events, including the award-winning Chimneyville Crafts Festival held the first weekend in December at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson.

Exhibits – Opportunity to use the George Berry exhibit room at the MS Craft Center for exhibition and sale of your work; (available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

Teaching Opportunities – Eligible to teach classes, be an instructor at craft camp, as a paid demonstrator for field trips.

Referrals to individuals, collectors, buyers, designers and wholesalers; to other national and international festival organizers

Promotion of you and your work to the media and general public Invitations to special members’ meetings, workshops and social events

Networking – inclusion in member-only Facebook group for information exchange with other craftsmen about shows, supplies, marketing, etc; monthly e-newsletter

Reciprocal Membership - The Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi and the Louisiana Guild have an agreement that allows members in good standing in either Guild to join the other without having to submit for jury review. Membership dues are required and all membership requirements must be followed, but the initial jury process and fee is waived.

Requirements to Stay Active:

Pay Dues – Individual Membership is $100 and Studio (more than 2 people) is $125. Dues should be paid at the first of the year and will be considered delinquent on February 1. After that, a $25 late fee is charged.

Additionally, members must do one of the following each year:

  • Demonstrate  Members are encouraged to demonstrate their craft at the Bill Waller Craft Center in Ridgeland or at a Guild-sanctioned event. Unless specified otherwise, craftsmen must  complete their demonstration by November 1st of each year.
  • Donate Product  $200 retail value of their craft for sale in the galleries.
  • Contribute an additional $100 dues.

After acceptance in the Guild, member’s work is reviewed every three years. After nine consecutive years of membership, and the successful completion of four standards reviews, a member becomes a FELLOW with no jury requirements thereafter.

Maintaining high standards for craft is important for everyone. Failure to maintain consistent standards can result in probation or expulsion. Members’ work is subject to review at all guild events and in routine checks of the retail galleries.