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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 Chau Nguyen May 1. 35 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 15,000
"Yes, we met in Fort Wayne, Indiana at a Three Rivers Art Festival.  I was speechless. You thought that I didn't know who you were!  When I meet someone from AFI it's like meeting a celebrity!  And you are welcome.  If…"
23 hours ago
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Dave Buerger's discussion Art shows that are successful for artists - 1st half of 2019
"I takes a couple of times at a show before you can really decide if it's a good fit, or a stinker.  There are so many considerations that go into a good show. Weather and current events can be a huge influence.  It takes a time or for…"
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Larry Berman's blog post 15,000
"This is such a fun site!  Helpful, YES!  How else would I have found out about groups of gypsies shoplifting?  Or how to find out about open jurying opportunities? Or what to expect from the promoters, and what is out in left…"
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Chris King's discussion Booth location - do you keep the same spot every year? why or why not?
"If I have a good spot, I'm happy to be there.  My repeat customers know where to find me and I usually become friendly with my neighbors which leads to cementing friendships as I get to know them better.  Makes for more fun at the…"
Dec 5
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"My husband and I are almost always together for the shows, but we have had health issues a time or two. For some of our shows we know a lot of people and they have been incredibly helpful.  We once were next to a guy who walked around a little…"
Dec 1
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"Hi everyone, Donna, I agree about extra costs being an issue.  Sometimes studio time is an issue for me (I make jewelry), but equally if not more important for me is the energy it takes to do a show.  3 day shows can be a bear for me,…"
Nov 2
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Wishing AFI member John Powell well in the coming days
"That's great news John.  More wishes and prayers."
Oct 17
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Does anyone else have this problem?!!!
"It has happened to us, too, but usually it only takes a phone call to set it right.  I appreciate that they are looking out for us because on one or two occasions it wasn't us, but someone who had somehow gotten our number.  We have…"
Oct 10
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on William Lee's blog post Fl. Tax Number
"that's where I started when I began doing art fairs in Florida."
Sep 26
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you working on?
"We spent last weekend in Fort Wayne at the Jefferson Pointe Art Fair in a nonstop rainstorm.  The only variance was how hard it rained.  We discovered that we had a number of leaks in the canopy and spent the weekend shifting jewelry to…"
Sep 14
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post Review: Estes Park Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show, Estes Park, Colorado
"Great review as usual, Richard.  I always look forward to reading what you write."
Sep 12
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Chris van atta's discussion Artist Statement for Zapplication
"Glad to see this topic discussed since it has always puzzled me, too. Thanks to everyone for helping to explain.  Please continue!!!"
Sep 10
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Lynnette Shelley's discussion Newbie here: Rehoboth Outdoor Fine Art & Fine Craft Show Review
"I love your colors.  I would come into the booth just to investigate that!"
Sep 3
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this week? August 14-18, 2018
"Your work is beautiful, Richard!  So interesting to see things in the works.  I'm going to a metal clay symposium next weekend and will be learning how to do celtic designs in metal clay.  Just looking, I have no idea where to…"
Aug 16
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Saginaw Art Fair Review
"Thanks for the information.  It's always good to hear about someone who does well at a show!"
Aug 16
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to David Bornancin's discussion Today's Art Work - What do people Want?
"Wish I knew!  Then I wouldn't have to have such an extensive inventory!"
Aug 8

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!

Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.

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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