I always check "other" and fill in "Polymer Clay" in the "Fine Crafts"
category. IMHO we, as polymer clay artists, need to push for polymer clay to
be recognized as a "medium". Because I do more than just jewelry, I do not
enter in the jewelry category. There's tons of competition in that area
around here, probably half of each show is some type of jewelry, and I don't
want to get sorted out due to those limitations. I always send an "artist's
statement" with my resume'/entry and describe what polyclay is and the
technique used to create my work. Some folks I know send actual thin cane
slices (baked, of cousre!) in with their slides.
My approach is to promote and educate on the subject of polyclay when ever and
where ever I can! Hope this helps!
Linda in W.TX.
> I've recently been faced several times with the category question
>when filling out forms to register with arts agencies, or entering work
>in general art exhibitions (not jewelry or polymer shows). The form
>lists type of work as fine arts, crafts, etc. and media. Formats and
>categories differ, but most often I debate between checking the box
>marked "clay" or "other____" and filling in "polymer clay". Many of the
>exhibitions for which I am entering slides are the type where polymer
>clay may be completely unknown by the gallery staff or even the juror,
>so I don't know if the latter choice is a good one. On the other hand,
>my objects and techniques are so different from ceramics or other clay
>that I don't know how they are recieved when viewed among a bunch of
> Also, what do you select if you are faced with categorizing
>yourself? Fine artist, craftsperson, jeweler, etc. and how do you feel
> All opinions and experiences welcome!
>Patti in Iowa