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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, 2017. 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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Latest Activity

Kathleen J. Clausen commented on carrie jacobson's blog post Portable Solar Generator
"Love this idea."
Mar 12
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Art Show Directors -- How we instruct the jury
"Thanks very much to the art fair directors who are taking the time to explain how they direct their juries.  To me sitting beside my computer waiting for the results to be posted, it seems as if the application disappears into a black void, who…"
Mar 10
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Art Show Directors -- How we instruct the jury
"I'm certainly in favor of a rating scale like this. This rating scale sets parameters from which to start the judging process. If I were a juror, I'd appreciate the guidance.  If, as has been mentioned elsewhere, the applications are…"
Mar 9
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Christopher Alexander's discussion Art Fair Challenges and Rewards
"Hi Tina,  My husband and I have been doing art fairs for only about 13 years, not nearly as long as some of the others on this site.  We try to stay if we can, but in the end, it's the artists who know what's intolerable for…"
Feb 27
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Ron Andrews's discussion suggestions on how to prevent tarnishing on silver jewelry
"Hi Ron, I have found that different places have different things in the air.  Some places I just dread going because I'll have to clean everything afterward.  You can get little anti-tarnish tabs to put with your silver jewelry while…"
Feb 21
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Takeaways from the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Jury
"After all the attempts to make things anonymous I'm a bit taken aback that the jurors announce it if they know the artists."
Feb 14
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Bonnie Bradley's discussion ABC Canopy Fire Rating
"I have done several shows that stipulate that the canopies must be fire retardant, but so far, no one has checked for it."
Feb 12
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Old Town Art Fair OR Lakefront Festival of Arts
"Wow Scott!  Those are beautiful!  What kind of wood is it?"
Feb 9
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Julie Holman's discussion Booth flooring questions
"I use the interlocking tiles with a bamboo look.  I have used them in a storm with no adverse consequences, no peeling.  My tiles come with an edge that tapers so it decreases the tripping problem."
Feb 4
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Sandy Walker's discussion What do you expect?
"This is a pretty thorough list of ideas.  I have just a couple of new ideas.  Especially when just starting out my goal was to get into a show that was well known so that I could add a prestigious name to the list asked for on the…"
Jan 17
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Hi Kara, First: I love your work.  It is so special! I so wish that I had that talent! 2nd:  I relate to you more for the investment you have in your art, than the art itself.  I spent 35 years in a wonderful, rewarding career. As I…"
Jan 16
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Susan McCulley's discussion One theme, 2 mediums? plus wall space room for notecards.....
"Not being a 2D artist, I make jewelry, I don't see the problem with different 2D media in the same booth.  I have different jewelry media, but it is all jewelry and I identify the media in my artist's statement. "
Jan 12
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Here Comes Santa! Part II - 2017
"Janetta, I'm so glad!  Wear them in good health."
Dec 29, 2017
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to peter brown's discussion Bigger or smaller shows
"Peter, as a jewelry maker I can see how it would be frustrating to have to pay 2 jury fees to be able to sell both your cheese boards and your jewelry.  From my point of view, there are usually 25% up to 33% jewelry artists at a show, which…"
Dec 25, 2017
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post Need some because I fall into scam.
"Oscar, give yourself a break.  Many of us are just sorry that you got nailed, and I promise you that most of us realize that it could happen to us, too.  No point in being down on yourself, you have enough other stuff to do. :).  This…"
Dec 20, 2017
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"Allen, I make it a point to greet each person as they enter my booth and make a little small talk, let them know that I'm available to help or to answer any questions that they may have about my work. If the potential customer seems uncertain,…"
Dec 18, 2017

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

Comment Wall (17 comments)

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!

Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

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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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