Info For Members

Thank you for your interest in joining our Cooperative!
You can drop by the shop during open hours (Wednesday – Monday – 10am – 4pm) to speak with one of our member clerks and get an application. Here is all the essential info about becoming a member yourself.

Due to the conditions of our lease, any jewelry or pottery must be pre-approved by
the Rock and Hammer next door to our shop. There is a form for you to fill out and
have signed by the owners of the Rock and Hammer that states that your work would
not compete with the items in their store.

Applicants can choose to be working members or non working members. A working member agrees to be responsible for clerking in the shop for a certain number of 3 hour shifts each month. Commissions are paid monthly and the rate is based upon how many shifts you have worked in that month.

These are our commission rates for 2018:
Non-Working 45% / member receives 55% of each sale

1 shift per month 40% / member receives 60% of each sale
2 shifts per month 35% / member receives 65% of each sale
3 shifts per month 30% / member receives 70% of each sale
4 shifts per month 25% / member receives 75% of each sale
5 shifts per month 20% / member receives 80% of each sale
6 shifts per month 15% / member receives 85% of each sale

From time to time, and at least yearly, we meet as a cooperative to discuss and form policy. This schedule of commissions is reviewed yearly at this meeting. You are encouraged to come and participate.

Member Responsibilities
All members are required to pay a yearly display fee. The fee for the year 2018 is $60 – January 1 to December 31. All fees should be paid by January 1st. If not paid by January 15th, the artist’s items will be removed from the showroom and placed in the basement storage area until such time as the fee is paid or the items are picked up by the artist. New members joining after July in their their first year will pay $40 for the partial year.

Jurying of work
All new work must be juried in order to be accepted into the shop. There is a jury criteria “work sheet” which our jury uses to reach their decisions. All work in the shop must meet the criteria.

Applicants should submit samples sufficient to demonstrate the range of their work to be
offered for sale. If submitting more than one type of craft/art, each type must have a good representation of the type and will be juried separately.

Once accepted the member may bring in other pieces of work similar to what was juried and approved. New items that differ significantly from those already approved must first be submitted to the jury before being displayed. Jurors will provide the candidate with feedback on their decisions. Non-accepted work may be resubmitted after making improvements as suggested by the jury for reconsideration.

What our jury is considering:
Demonstrates master of technical skills
Well conceived, creative and well thought out
Shows professional craftsmanship
Makes a creative contribution to the shop

Exclusions:
Made from a kit
Children’s items that do not meet a basic safety standard
Lead glazes – all pottery must be lead free
Plastic canvas

Please submit the following to the shop for the jury:
1. Your original work consisting of at least two actual pieces, and as many as five of each in the
category of work you wish juried. Pieces should be finished work ready to sell. If a piece
is too heavy or too large to bring in for the jury, quality photos may be submitted. Space
available in the shop may limit items.

2. Description of how the work was made – tell the jury your process in making the items.

3. List of materials used.

The committee will make every effort to respond within a reasonable time frame. After a majority of the jury have evaluated the items submitted, the jury chairperson will tally the results and let the artist know the decision.

Once accepted into the shop, the artist must come in with their tagged items. The tags are to include the shop code that they will be given to identify their work, and the price. The artist then needs to fill our inventory pages in order for the shop to credit the sales of their items.

Help with the inventory pages and the code tagging can be provided by any of the clerks.
Items will be put out for display by the display committee. Work may not be moved. If you bring in additional items in the future, you may add to your established display but you may not move other’s crafts. If you have requests or suggestions for the display of your work, please leave a note in the shop’s daily notebook.

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