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Kathleen J. Clausen
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • United States
  • wire wrap and metal clay jewelry
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My first Penrod.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Wallis Sep 14, 2016. 7 Replies

Let me begin by saying that every since I began seriously trying to get into art fairs, Penrod has been my dream, a symbol to me that I had really made it. The Penrod Art Fair is one of the BIG 3…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Sawusch Aug 18. 32 Replies

Has anyone done the Longmont Art Fair in Longmont, Colorado?  We are traveling to Montana to Montana where we will do the Sweet Pea Art Fair in Bozeman, so decided to try to get another show on the…Continue

Festival of the Arts in Libertyville, IL.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Linnea Lahlum Apr 22, 2013. 3 Replies

Hi everyone,   Has anyone ever done the Festival of the Arts in Libertyville, IL, put on by the David Adler Music and Arts Center.  Show information says that it has been going on for more than 30…Continue

Jewelry photos for jury

Started this discussion. Last reply by Suzanne McNenly Jan 31, 2012. 15 Replies

I make jewelry in both Precious Metal Clay and Wire Wrap.  Since there are only 3 or at most 4 pictures submitted to the jury for a show, in the past I have taken pictures showing groupings of…Continue


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Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Larry Berman's blog post Every girl wants a pink convertible
"Merry Christmas, Larry and family!"
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion Insurance Requirements at Art Fairs
"Chris, I only do 12-15 shows per year and only one of them requires insurance.  Most other shows don't even mention it.  I carry it because I don't want problems down the road."
Dec 8
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on JEFF LEEDY's blog post Bayou City show not run by artists
"That is disappointing."
Dec 8
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Nels johnson's blog post Setting up my booth in the driveway—and making lots of moola
"Way to go Nels!  I've done home open houses about 7 years, but this year decided to skip it because people were getting tired. We had a customer from a show in Madison ho invited us to come to her house about 1 1/2 hours away for an open…"
Dec 8
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Naughty or Nice? Here Comes our 6th Annual Secret Santa Exchange
"Never mind the other email address.  I found the invitation in the middle of a bunch of emails that I didn't look carefully at after having been away from WIFI for a few days. Kathy"
Nov 29
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Naughty or Nice? Here Comes our 6th Annual Secret Santa Exchange
"Hi Connie, I've checked my spam box and haven't found anything from Could we try this email:  ? Thanks, Kathy"
Nov 29
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Naughty or Nice? Here Comes our 6th Annual Secret Santa Exchange
"I'm in, too.  It is so much fun!"
Nov 27
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Lisa Firke's discussion Not sure what to show in my "Studio Shot"
"Weldon, How cool is that!!!!"
Oct 13
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Greg Little's discussion Another Friggin" Hurricane to mess things up...
"Jiminy!  Sometimes you can't seem to win for losin'.  Best of luck in LaFayette.  "
Oct 9
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Lisa Firke's discussion Not sure what to show in my "Studio Shot"
"I 'm in serious envy!  Having several dedicated art nooks in your home........WOW!  Having a house designed and built by your father........Double WOW!"
Oct 9
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Jenny Martos's discussion For Sale: DIY Knockdown Panels $300
"Jenny, what gorgeous paintings! (?) I love the colors."
Oct 6
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Newbie... Please critique my booth & photos
"I agree with Larry about the placement of your pieces.  Right now the heavy wood tables get most of the attention.  I like the pictures since they enlarge your work so that people can see something from more of a distance, but with the…"
Oct 2
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Judy Christian's discussion Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice
"Do you have any descriptions of your pottery from years back where you used those words, as proof that you have actually been doing the work longer than they have?  One of my jewelry teachers was threatened with a law suit over a pattern that…"
Oct 2
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Rosie Sherman's blog post Thanksgiving weekend
"I do an annual show the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving on Sanibel Island.  Every year has been better for me.  Of course Sanibel is a vacation destination and people are there for a little break and it's not too early for…"
Sep 24
Steve Sawusch replied to Kathleen J. Clausen's discussion LONGMONT ART FAIR???
"Quick update note, Danna Tullis has changed the name of her company and is now going by the business name Creative Resources And Venues (for anyone doing searches)."
Aug 18
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Magic City Art Connection..Where Our Good Weather Luck Ran Out
"glad you had a good show in spite of the weather.  I have fond memories of taking batik classes at the art museum."
May 3

Profile Information

Your Medium
wire wrap and metal clay jewelry
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Old Court Days, Madison, Indiana
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting new people. Working with customers to custom design their jewelry pieces.
Best show ever and why
Art Fair on the Square, Bloomington, Indiana
easy to get to, easy to set up, responsive and attentive organizers, appreciative customers, repeat customers
Worst show ever and why
A show where the organizers did not follow through on promises, never came around to check on vendors, moved people without regard for their needs, grouped same type vendors together, were very defensive when vendors went to them to negotiate changes, and threatened vendors when problems were brought to them.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
internet, trying to track down change of promoters for a show we did last year.

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The Stars were out at the Sanibel Masters Art Fair.

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 1:21am 11 Comments

We were at the Sanibel Masters Art Fair the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, run by Richard Sullivan.  This was our 3rd year of doing this show.  Richard is very visible, seen walking through the show and helping to direct traffic at load in and out.  We appreciate the time he has spent getting to know and placing the artists.  The show was impressive in the variety and quality of the art work.  Load in and out could have been confusing, but was manageable because of the staff help…


Interesting mix of pleasure and frustration this week.

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 10:52pm 7 Comments

We just did a great show in Springfield, IL this weekend, AN ART AFFAIR, organized and promoted by artist Ed Martin, who has considerable experience as a participant, and thus carried out the most wonderful show experience for the artists.  I posted a review of the show.  This is an up and coming show and I highly recommend it for next year.  Finding a comfortable indoor show in April in Indiana and Illinois is wonderful!

On the other hand, I have applied for the 4th Street Art Fair…


Forgotten essentials!!! Panic strikes!

Posted on November 23, 2011 at 1:33pm 9 Comments

Oh, geez!  We travel to Sanibel Island every Thanksgiving week.  This time we got into the Sanibel Masters Art Show, so loaded up all of our show gear, and drove the larger, but older minivan.  Already I've been anxious about this show since I've been reading about boulderbrook productions, and felt like a nimnal because my computer won't get me to the page that shows the artists' booth sites and the show map.

So yesterday we were about to go on a little shopping trip off island when…


Selling jewelry to friends

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 8:23pm 8 Comments

I was at a reunion last weekend.  44 years since I was an exchange student with 19 other people.  I was wearing some of my jewelry as I always do, and had listed my "profession" as a jewelry artisan in the update material.  Several people admired my work, and a couple of people want to purchase things.  I felt sort of awkward.  Of course I'll sell to them, it is how I make my money these days, but still felt funny.  Anyone else relate to this?  I'm proud of my work, but I wonder if this is a… Continue

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At 11:01pm on January 10, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to, Kathleen.   I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

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At 5:36pm on June 07, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Kathleen J. Clausen a gift
Many thanks for your support Kathleen!
At 2:07pm on August 19, 2011, Anita Elaine Peters said…


I will see you at the Glen Ellyn Show - I hope the sales will be good and the weather is nice for a change.


At 2:04pm on February 18, 2012, Patrick Flaherty said…

Our jurors are asked to base their scores on uniqueness, creativity, and craftsmanship. They score from 1 - 7 and are asked not to give a score of 4 (this way they either have to like it or not). The booth shot does not receive a separate score however if there is no booth shot or the artist's name appears in the booth we ask that a 2 point deduction be given.

Each category is juried separately. 

Our jury panel consists of some variation of the following: practicing art fair artists, buyers, board members, and arts professionals. We have 5 jurors each year and they observe the projected jury together and score on site.  We change our jurors every year although we do re-use jurors time to time after some years have passed.

Thanks for stopping by the jury - it is an interesting day!

At 2:06pm on February 18, 2012, Patrick Flaherty said…

As far as cohesiveness it seems to be better to have a consistent body of work in the three images we allow.  Professional photographs of the work is essential.  It also helps if the booth shot is updated and reflect the current body of work shown in the other slides.

At 7:04am on June 30, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Kathleen J. Clausen a gift
Happy birthday, Kathy. I hope this is your best year ever and it is full of fun, friends and great adventures.
At 11:18pm on October 30, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Kathleen J. Clausen a gift
Thank you, Kathleen, for referring John Weller to Art Fair Insiders.
At 8:31pm on January 22, 2013, Robin Chard said…

HI Kathleen! I did the same show the year before. They had so much jewelry that I felt it wasn't worth going back. This year I may do it but I may try painting. I'm really considering making a switch in a couple of years.

It was so hot when I did the show I ended up standing in a large bin of water with ice in it. They next year a older friend of mine says she had a heat stroke from the show.

The boys were wonderful though. I have had many shows that SAY they have help but these guys really were help. And I have VERY fond memories of sitting at the tables by the big house when the neighborhood people were bringing steaming plates of food to breakfast. Wow! talk about southern hospitality!

I also talked to the organizer about not having so much jewelry. I told her I was a grown up and didn't get into every show I applied to and would rather not do a show than pay for a booth where I had little chance of making my money back. We had a very nice and frank talk about shows and I told her things from my perspective that she hadn't thought of.  I think like many smaller shows they just jury to make sure your stuff is handmade.

Anyway I am from Louisville and have recently moved back (from North Carolina) to help my Mom.

So at the moment I'm not doing many shows more than 4 hours away, and not doing any realy long.. four day shows. I am familiar with most shows around here so If you have any questions... Ask away!

- Robin

At 4:49pm on June 06, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Kathleen J. Clausen a gift
Kathleen, thanks so much for all your support. It is appreciated!
At 4:43pm on September 30, 2013, Annette Piper said…

Hi Kathleen :) Sorry for the delay in responding I had a show last weekend and haven't been online much!  Yes, Mudgee is only an hour's drive away and I'd love to try and meet up!!   I can meet you at the show, or you're welcome to come out to the farm?   My phone number is 63774556 (no area codes if you're in the same state) or email!  How exciting :D

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