We know that Artisans are as individual as the handmade items they produce. In order to help you promote that individuality in the marketplace and to recognize your contributions to Art Fire, each other, and the world, we created the Artifact program.
Artifacts are graphic representations of activities our artisans engage in, service they perform or groups to which they belong. Artifacts are another way for artisans to demonstrate the great things they do and build depth and trust for their work and personality with buyers in the marketplace.
An Artisan can collect unlimited artifacts. Each artisan can choose to display some, all, or none of the artifacts by their user name and in their artifact section of their profile. Some artifacts are automatically assigned and many are only awarded after an approval or certification process. By creating the artifact program on artfire.com we hope to increase the diversity, uniqueness, and individuality of expression that can be demonstrated and recognized in the artisan community.
The first Pro members of ArtFire.com become charter members. This artifact represents the artisan's trail blazing nature and commitment to the ArtFire.com artisan community.
Fire Mentor Artisan
These Artisans are well versed in the process and services of Art Fire. They have agreed to help new artisans and sellers get the most out of Art Fire. If you are stuck and need to ask a quick question, or just want to learn from the best, you should contact a Fire Mentor Artisan. Fire Mentor Artisans are wonderful guides and helpful mentors in our handmade artisan community.
Certified Handmade Artisan
If you see this artifact you know that the artisan has been through a juried review process and of the items listed in their shop are made by hand by the Artisan. This artifact is the symbol of total commitment to making with your own two hands. That commitment is very special, and it deserves recognition.
This artifact indicates that the artisan is a member of at least one trade guild. Guilds are a team system within the handmade community that provide for cooperative efforts to learn, teach, compete, and improve the community and the arts.
Guild Master Artisan
Similar to the Guild Artisan artifact, this symbolizes the status of Guild Master. Guild Masters are the leader of a trade Guild and serve as a contact point and coordinator for Guild activities and membership.
The ArtFire Maven Team helps us grow and prosper as a community and marketplace. Through collaborative promotional efforts, maven exclusive product testing, and regular brainstorming and feedback opportunities, the maven team has helped to shape ArtFire into the vibrant and growing venue it is today.
Almost every day we get suggestions from our artfire.com member artisans on how to make Art Fire better. We listen to every idea for improving the handmade community. While we canít implement all of them right away, we do try to roll out innovations from our artisans on a regular basis. If an artisan suggests something that we use to improve the sight, they are awarded the innovator artifact. The artisans with this artifact have helped to make artfire.com a better handmade artisan community.
A Designer artisan has won an art or craft competition here on ArtFire. Various competitions and contests on Art Fire serve to bring out the best from our Handmade Artisans. Winners and award recipients will receive the recognition of their peers and the right to display the Designer Artisan Artifact.
This artifact recognizes artisans who have contributed to Art Daily through a submission, featured item, cartoon or technique. Contributors to any community help to improve it. Our contributors are recognized with this snazzy cub reporter style button.
Select Artisans are asked to be columnists in ArtFire publications Nosh or Handmade News. These folks publish insight, inspiration and innovation on a regular basis. If you see this artifact you can rest assured that the artisan who displays it is one of our experts.
Forge Master Artisan
To be a Forge Master an Artisan must have successfully completed five Forge transactions. Forging is the commission process used by buyers to request custom items from artisans. Our most successful and responsive Forging Artisans can become Forge Master Artisans and display this Artifact. When choosing an artisan to forge an item for you the Forge Master Artisan artifact is a symbol of that Artisans ability and success.