As many of you know, I had my big critique for a guild I want to be in, this past Thursday. I was applying to be a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen: a pretty prestigious league to be a member of. Thursday, I brought my work before three juried members to be critiqued. When I got there I was brought into a room where the three juried members were and was introduced to them. Then, I started to unpack my two boxes of pottery for them to look at as I shared with them about myself, my education, and my work that was before them. They asked various questions as they examined my work and took notes. Then after a little while, I was asked to step outside the room and wait down in their gallery as they privately discussed my work. Talk about your ears burning! Then after about 20 minutes or so, I was called back into the jurors room to hear if I would be accepted into the League, accepted on condition, or declined. Well, I was not given any of those answers! I was actually deferred. This means that they definitely want me to come back and be reevaluated in a year. They said my work was innovative and my glazes were impressive, but I needed to fine-tune my throwing and finish work to be on par with the League standards. (That was their response in a nutshell.) I will say I was pretty happy with their answer. I just did not want to hear I was declined! They feel my work has what it takes for me to be a League member, but I need to take some more time to perfect my skills a bit. So, my plan is to be working hard in this next year to really improve my work and then go before my clay jury for a second, and hopefully final, critique of my work. At that point, I am hoping to get my acceptance and become an official juried member. I have a lot of work to get done before then, but I am grateful for this opportunity to come back in a year. Being a juried member opens up lots of doors for different opportunities such as, being in their annual craft fair, being in various shows throughout the year, having work on display in their galleries, etc. I am excited and determined, but will need some encouragement to keep pushing myself in this next year.