JEWELRY (See also: METAL CRAFTS)
Jobs in Crafting:
Many people practice arts and crafts as fun hobbies, yet jobs in crafting are big business. The total size of the U.S. creative arts industries is $36-plus billion, according to the Association for Creative Industries (formerly the Craft & Hobby Association). Numerous types of careers and occupations make use of creative skills.
Jones, Dudley C. (1805-1883) - free black cabinetmaker in Louisville
"Juried" vs. "Non-Juried" Craft Shows, organizations, festivals, and fairs:
When a show or sales outlet, or membership in a craft organization is “juried,” it means that craftspeople must apply to participate, and that the quality of products as well as crafters' level of experience will be taken into consideration by a panel of judges. Typically, would-be participants are required send in a resume, photos/samples of their products, and a jurying fee. The jury is looking to determine whether or not the quality and marketability of products align with those of the craft fair. They will also make sure that a variety of products is being offered, so that each seller has a good chance of making sales.
"Non-juried" craft shows, and craft sales venues typically give out spots on a first-come-first-serve basis, typically charging a fee to exhibitors.