The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen (PGC), in conjunction with our sister organization, Pennsylvania Designer Craftsmen (PDC), is rebooting the way we do fine craft fairs.
Every industry evolves over time, and fine craft fairs are no different. In our plans to refresh and restart fine craft fairs, the committee and the revitalized Pennsylvania Designer Craftsmen board has decided on the following:
- Whenever possible, host indoor fine craft fairs. With more volatile weather patterns, the risk of doing an outdoor event has increased from both a safety and profitability standpoint.
- Bigger is not necessarily better. Keep fine craft fairs well-juried and well-balanced, but the goal (and the budget) should not rely on having 125+ artists.
- (Starting in 2025) We are considering boutique “focused fine craft fairs” – These smaller, additional events would have categories or work limited to a theme, i.e.: “Jewelry”; “Wearables and Accessories”; “Household”; “On the Walls”; etc.
- For our primary fine craft fairs, we will now welcome fine art as well as fine craft.
- Sponsorships are still available, but while community sponsors can be an important source of funding, they should not be a source of distraction at the fair. We will offer advertising opportunities to our sponsors; however, exhibit booth space will be reserved for the artists.
Returning in 2024, we will continue to sponsor exceptional, juried Fine Craft Fairs in Philadelphia, Lititz, and their surrounding suburbs. These events bring our member artisans together with an engaged public, willing and capable of purchasing high end, hand-crafted items. Our Fine Craft Fairs are recognized as being among the top such events in the Eastern United States.