We always welcome new creativity! If you are interested in becoming a Member of the Toledo Craftsman's Guild, we invite you to apply for membership. We make you jump through a few hoops, but it's really no more information than what you would provide to any other juried art/craft show. If you are accepted for membership, our Jurying Chairperson will contact you with further instructions.
Please note: Our Jurying process has a September 15 cutoff date. Any applications received after September 15 will be held for Jurying until the following calendar year. This gives the Jurying Committee enough time to review applications and gives newly accepted Members enough time to send in their applications to our fall shows. If you are thinking about applying for membership to the Toledo Craftsman's Guild, send your application in early so you don't miss out on our Fall shows!
Membership Requirements and Scoring Standards
Work that is submitted for jurying must be the original creation of the craftsperson, not produced by employees, and be at least 70% hand crafted. No item may be mass-produced on a duplicating or copy machine. Original art work may be professionally copied, but the items displayed may not comprise more than 20% of the Member’s display.
Food vendors must provide a copy of their Department of Agriculture certification either as a licensed Bakery or a Cottage Food Industry, and follow all state and local laws.
To become a Member of the Toledo Craftsman’s Guild, your art/craft must meet the standards set by the Jurying Committee and will be evaluated for:
Originality (1-5 points)
Quality (1-10 points)
Appearance (1-5 points)
You must receive a total of 14 points to be invited to be a Member.
If you submit an application for membership for multiple categories of art/craft, each category may be juried separately.
Invitations for membership are sent out in the order that the applications were received. Invitations are good for 4 weeks from the date on the invitation. To accept our invitation for membership, you'll need to pay a $12 Initiation Fee plus the annual Membership Dues for the category you selected on your application. All the payment and mailing details will be provided once you accept our invitation.
Items not accepted at this time
Plastic flowers, fruits, or greenery (the only exception will be if the item is not the main focal point of the 70% hand-crafted item)
Quickie decoupage, mod podge, or poured finish
Jewelry composed entirely of commercial findings and/or pre-cut stones
Assembled items that are not 70% handcrafted, and
Pom-pom, beaded items, and other bazaar items
Other items at the discretion of the Jury Committee
Show Fees and Information
Show fees range from $45-$75 (spring shows) to $70-$95 (fall shows). The following are also available for a small fee: wall spaces, tables, and electricity. All prices are subject to change. Guild show applications are accepted from its Members on a "first come, first served" basis.
“Spring Festival of Crafts” (March), “Homespun Holiday Art & Craft Show” (early November), and “Winter Festival of Crafts” (December) have spaces that are 8 feet wide by approximately 6 feet deep. Spring Crafters’ Showcase (April) and Crafts for Christmas (late November) have spaces that are 10 feet wide by 10 feet deep.
Members must supply their own tablecovers. Table covers must be 100% polyester or other flame-retardant material. The color may be navy (preferred color), black, brown, burgundy/wine, grey, or hunter green. The Executive Board may approve other dark, solid, neutral colors at the request of a Member prior to the color being used at a show. The table cover must cover all sides of the table and must reach the floor. All demonstration/packing tables with open space under the table top must also be covered (i.e., no "naked" table legs unless table legs are decorative in nature (ex. wooden claw foot tables)). Additional table top covers/cloths (lace, draping) may not hang more than twelve (12) inches over the edge of the covered tables. The Guild recommends www.TableClothsForLess.com as a supplier of tablecovers or you may make your own.