Who May Apply?
Applications are open to artists, crafts people, authors, bakers/confectioners, etc, who produce handmade art and craft. Mississippi residents will be given first opportunity to apply. Then applications will be open to ALL U.S. artists and craftspeople.
Food Vendors: food may only be sold at the Craft Show if packaged for take home consumption. For example, toffee, honey, jams and jellies, cheese straws, cup cakes, etc are all acceptable.
What are the criteria?
We use the word “jury” because it is commonly used in regard to a professional show. However we believe that the term ‘curate’ is more accurate. We limit the number of exhibitors per category; and our makers do not have to compete with imported and mass-produced items as we only accept handmade products. We strive to maintain a high level of quality and variety in those items offered at the show, thus ensuring we do not saturate the show with any one type of craft. We review all complete applications and then make our choice based on several factors (see below).
- The overall cohesiveness and consistency of your work.
- If your items are made by hand, or if some of your designs are produced/manufactured elsewhere. All work must be original and made by the artist. Work should be made by hand or with the use of appropriate tools.
- How your items are represented in your photos/on your website. (Your photos should not be blurry or poor quality. You must provide photos of your own work for review).
- If we feel that your work is too similar to other artists we have participating. (We limit exhibitors per category, so apply early!)
- The number and diversity of designs or products you offer. We ask that you apply for no more than two categories per applicant. We know that many of you are extremely talented in multiple areas, but limiting your focus for this show helps us to preserve the balance among the various crafts shown and, MORE IMPORTANTLY, will help to increase your SALES!
- Our need to diversify the crafts available at the Show. The jewelry and pottery categories, for example, are incredibly competitive. Apply early for a chance to get a space in one of the highly sought-after categories.
- Food items may not be displayed with other unrelated items. For example, a booth selling honey may sell other non-edible items made with honey, but a booth selling honey may not also sell jewelry.
- All merchandise in the Show must be hand-crafted. This is a retail to public show. Products must be handmade and offered in finished form. Kits, supplies and resale merchandise is not permitted.
- MLM and other distributor type products and services are not permitted.
- No bulk/factory manufactured items allowed. Vinyl affixed to commercial resale items are not permitted. Vinyl affixed as a decorative component to an otherwise handmade item is permitted.
- The Mississippi Craft Show reserves the right to accept or reject applications at its discretion to balance the style and content of the event for the benefit of all who attend.