Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Andy, I am a woodworker also and have noticed the same scenario....not only in wood but in all mediums. Many artists have said, and I agree, that it is difficult to put any value on a judge that has no background or knowledge about every medium they are judging. It boils down to their personal taste and absolutely nothing else.
It is easy to spot when a judge comes into your booth since they are usually taking some notes and writing down their comments. Some judges will talk with us, others will not say a word and then there are times when my wife and I have commented that we do not even recall seeing a judge stop at our booth at all...
This is a pet peeve of mine! I'd say at 3/4 of the shows I do (about 24 per year) we don't even see the judge or judges. It is the rare show that the judge comes in to my booth, introduces himself/herself and asks an intelligent question or comment. It leaves me to believe they know nothing about my medium or they are totally disinterested. I agree with you Andy, any judge that has accepted the job of judging an art fair should, at the very least, know the basics about every medium he/she is judging. They owe us that much. After all, we are paying high jury/booth fees to pay these judges and some are giving awards to b/s. They are not doing their job of educating themselves on our mediums. It is unconscionable!