If you’re an artisan looking to sell your products, Tamarack could be an option for you.
According to a press release, “How do I sell my products at Tamarack?” is one of the most frequently asked questions at Tamarack.
The process is simple, Tamarack representatives say, and includes three steps for West Virginia residents who have a valid West Virginia driver’s license.
The first step is for the artisan to provide five to 10 product photographs and an artisan history for review. The history should describe the product, the process and tools used and a brief review of how the artisan learned to create the product.
The submission will be reviewed for quality, consistency, appropriateness and marketability. E-mail or letter is acceptable.
If the product meets requirements, artisans will be contacted for step two, a pre-screening/ counseling appointment with artisan services staff. These appointment are conducted Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The session is thorough and informative, and according to the release, many people consider it to be a helpful exercise for their business development. There is a pre-screening fee of $20.
If an artisan is approved through pre-screening process, he or she will be invited to participate in a formal jury session held in the Tamarack Conference Center twice a year. Tamarack staff will work with artisans to prepare for the jury session, which is conducted by other juried artisans. There is a $30 jury session fee and the next session is planned for March 2014.
Every item sold at Tamarack is approved through this formal jury session, a review process where products are personally critiqued by a panel of master craftspeople and artists for quality, consistency, appropriateness and marketability. Juried artists or artisans are eligible to wholesale to Tamarack and participate in various business, marketing, educational and retail opportunities sponsored by Tamarack and the Tamarack Foundation.
If you want to submit your work for review, send five to 10 images by disk or hard copy with an artisan history and complete address information to Robin Watson, Artisan Services Coordinator, One Tamarack Park, Beckley, WV, 25801 or e-mail images to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call Robin at 1-888-262-7225 or 304-256-6843, ext. 107.
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