This distinction is not required to apply to the Guild’s fine craft fairs, store or for membership. However, members who achieve master status unlock a host of additional benefits within the organization. Is it time for you to strive to be your best? Are you ready to attain master status?
Master Artisan status in the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen is the mark of achievement that distinguishes work as quality. Members achieve master status through an in-person review by experts.
Our three benchmarks
Excellence in craftsmanship
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; 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.
In work awarded Master Artisan status, the design is resolved and individual to the craftsman. Good composition is expected. The use of tension and space enhance overall design. Choice of materials and methods show innovation and mastery with all elements working together. Reproduction of traditional work is acceptable. It must be authentic, able to be documented, and built to the criteria of the medium’s standards. Resolved design shows artistic excellence.
Style or Unique Voice
Style represents the true creative nature of the Designer Craftsman. A unique voice is an innate part of all master artisan’s expression. The conceptual richness evidenced in the work shows the nature, complexity and execution that marks each individual’s work as distinctive and unique. It sets it apart from the work of others, not only qualitatively, but in achieving an individual identity, readily recognizable as belonging to that maker. Copies of other’s work, work similar to or from commercially available design, kits or patterns may not be used.