There are three Categories in the SMGS Competition. The Categories are Growers, Crafted Gourds and Other. The Crafted Gourds Category has five Divisions: Youth, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Masters. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact: Nancy Amburgey — firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Growers Category are for entries of gourds in their natural state.
Judging Points for Growers
Growers Entry Classes
The Crafted Gourds Category is for entries that are have been altered, or crafted, from the natural state and includes five Divisions: Youth, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Master Craftsman. A description of each of the Crafted Gourds Divisions and entry classes follows. It is the responsibility of the individual to make certain that their entries are placed into the correct Division. An individual may enter into only one Division within the Crafted Gourds Category. They may enter multiple classes within a Division, but only one entry for each class.
Judging Points for ALL Crafted Gourds
The Young Artist Division is divided into Gourd Crafting Competition Classes based on age. This Division is for youth up to 17 years. The goal of this the Young Artist Division is to introduce young people to the "world of gourds" and the wide variety of crafting that is possible using gourds.
A young person who feels they can compete at a higher level is welcome to do so and cannot return to the Young Artist Division at a later date. They then will need to abide by the requirements for that specific Division. They MUST choose only one Division to enter.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons as well as “participation” ribbons will be awarded in each age group of the Youth Division.
Young Artist Entry Classes
Young Artists can enter up to three pieces within their age group. This is to encourage further development of skills. Artwork entries can be a crafted gourd using any theme and any technique. However, the following themes are suggested for inspirational ideas.
The Novice Division is for gourd crafters/artists that are relatively new to gourd crafting and have not won a blue ribbon in the Novice Division. They may have not sold gourds and have not taught a gourd class for a fee. Once you win five blue ribbons you MUST move up to the Intermediate Division. It is not necessary to enter the Novice Division if you feel you are working at a higher level. If you win Best of Show artist MUST move up to the Master Craftsman Division. You MUST choose only one Division to enter in the Crafted Gourds Category.
Novice Entry Classes Based on Techniques
Novice Entry Classes Based on Themes
This Division is for crafters/artists that understand and use basic techniques. They may have sold gourds but have not taught a gourd class for a fee. If they have won 10 blue ribbons at the Intermediate Division, they MUST move up to the Advanced Division. If they have won Best of Show they MUST move up to the Masters Division. You may enter a higher Division if you feel you are working at the next level. You MUST choose only one Division to enter in the Crafted Gourds Category.
Intermediate Entry Classes Based on Technique
Intermediate Entry Classes Based on Theme
The Advanced Division is for artists who have progressed to a more complicated level of work. The artist MUST be good at multiple techniques and finishing skills. All work MUST be the artist’s original design. They may have taught a gourd class for a fee but are not showing their work in fine art galleries and have not won Best of Show. If they have won Best of Show they MUST move up to the Masters Division. You MUST choose only one Division to enter in the Crafted Gourds Category.
Advanced Entry Classes Based on Technique
Advanced Entry Classes Based on Theme
This Division is for artist’s work that shows excellent use of multiple techniques and finishing skills. All work MUST be the artist’s original design. Their work may have been shown in art galleries, may have won top awards in competition or have reached the level of Fine Art. If you have previously won Best of Show, you MUST enter at the Master Craftsman Division. You MUST choose only one Division to enter in the Crafted Gourds Category. First, second, and third place “Master Craftsman” awards will be assigned in each of the Master Craftsman competition Classes.
Masters Entry Classes Based on Technique
Masters Entry Classes Based on Theme
All may enter these classes even if you have entered in other divisions.
Other Entry Classes