Bead&Button Show
2017 Teacher Application
General Classes: June 4 - June 11

Welcome to the Bead&Button Show Teacher Application

Applying to teach a class at the Bead&Button Show is a breeze with this easy-to-follow online application. Please follow the instructions on each page very carefully. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirming email with a confirmation number for your submitted class. If you do not receive a confirmation number, your application has not been submitted.

To prepare you for the application process, we have prepared a quick overview of what is included in the application process. We recommend that you review this information prior to beginning so that your application process is as smooth as possible.

For questions about the application process, please contact us at education@beadandbuttonshow.com or at 1-800-558-1544 ext. 245.

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Application Requirements

  1. Digital Photo Requirement
    We require that you upload a photo of your piece for your class or workshop. Photos should be at least 72 ppi (pixels per inch) and approximately 900 pixels in width. You must upload a picture in order to complete the online application. Remember, your background (preferably white) needs to complement your jewelry piece, and your jewelry should almost "fill the entire frame" of the photo. We recommend you review the prior class catalog to see photo samples from past shows and what works and what does not. Great photos sell class seats.
  2. Teacher Biography and Photo
    Please upload your biography and a new photograph. This feature is mandatory and can be updated when you log into your account. We recommend all faculty review previous bios and update where appropriate. Also, your personal photo is very important — whether casual or formal, it needs to be high resolution.
  3. Shorter Class Descriptions
    There is a 2 sentence maximum on class descriptions. We are standardizing the class descriptions and the mission for each class. This will help organize your submissions, and make the class catalog easier for students to read and target the classes they wish to take.
  4. What Will Students Learn
    Please provide a short summary of the technique learned and focus of your class.
  5. Prerequisites
    Please specify any prerequisites (if any) for your class.

Application Guidelines

  1. You must complete one (1) ONLINE application for each proposed class. An online application is required to qualify for jurying. Unfortunately due to the number of submissions, we cannot accept handwritten applications.
  2. NEW FOR 2017: PLEASE READ. If you did not teach at the Bead&Button Show in 2016 you must MAIL IN a sample of your class project to the Bead&Button Show staff with your printed application. If you taught a class at the 2016 Bead&Button Show, you are now exempt from having to send your class project upfront. We do, however, reserve the right to request a sample of your class project if necessary to finalize jurying. New teachers: send your piece to the following address:
    Packages shipped via UPS, FedEx
    Bead&Button Show
    21027 Crossroads Circle
    Waukesha, WI 53186


    General mail sent via USPS
    Bead&Button Show
    P.O. Box 1612
    Waukesha, WI 53187-1612
  3. REMINDER: You must print out and sign a copy of your online application. If you are required to send a class sample (all teachers who did not teach at 2016 Bead&Button Show) please make sure the application accompanies the class sample. If you are not required to send a sample (all 2016 Bead&Button Show teachers), you still must print out, sign and mail a copy of the online application. The application is provided to you when you have finished the online application process and can be retrieved when you log into your account.
  4. DEADLINE: All submissions must be completed and postmarked by August 19, 2016.
  5. To increase class acceptance rate, we suggest you submit a combination of 6 and 3 hour class sessions which gives us more flexibility when selecting classes.
  6. If you have never taught at the Bead&Button Show, we suggest you send at least 1 letter of recommendation with your application when you mail it in.
  7. Faculty will be contacted of acceptance by November 2, 2016.

Shipping Jewelry and Class Samples

NEW FOR 2017 – PLEASE READ.

If you did not teach at the Bead&Button Show in 2016 you must MAIL IN a sample of your class project to the Bead&Button Show staff with your printed application. If you taught a class at the 2016 Bead&Button Show, you are now exempt from having to send your class project upfront. We do, however, reserve the right to request a sample of your class project if necessary to finalize jurying.
  1. Send each piece you propose to teach in a separate 8" x 11" (approximate size) re-closable (zip type) plastic bag with identification (faculty and class name). Do NOT send small bags, jewelry boxes or containers that need to be returned.
  2. Send only photocopies of instructions, patterns or diagrams. Do not send your original instructions as they will not be returned to you. Submit only stapled copies. No binders or folders please. All paperwork is destroyed after the jurying process.
  3. Jewelry samples will be returned within 120 days of submission. Please advise us if you need an earlier return date, and mark this on the front of your application.
  4. The Bead&Button Show will provide standard UPS insurance up to $100 for the return shipment of items. For insurance over $100, contact your insurance provider for a special rider, if you feel the need for additional insurance to cover the pieces in transit. We have recently discovered that UPS refutes most claims on damages to packages and contents. There is a very small risk that your jewelry could be damaged and/or lost in transit. We want to make you aware of the situation before you mail your jewelry.
  5. INTERNATIONAL INSTRUCTORS ONLY (NOT US AND CANADA)
    Teachers from abroad only need to submit digital photos of their pieces; no actual pieces. The teachers should submit an attachment to us with their application and attach digital photos as well. Questions concerning this should be e-mailed to education@beadandbuttonshow.com.

Handling of Jewelry

  1. The Bead&Button Show is not financially responsible for any damaged or lost items.
  2. Every possible precaution will be taken when handling the jewelry and returning samples to faculty. However, there is a small risk of loss or damage due to the number of items we handle during jurying and shipping.
  3. If you are concerned about the value of your pieces, we recommend that you add a rider to your insurance policy to cover the jewelry during the period it is in our possession or transit.

Restrictions

Faculty positions at the Bead&Button Show are limited to United States citizens, United States permanent residents, and Canadian citizens. International teachers may apply to teach, but they must be sponsored by a United States company due to United States visa regulations. In additional, the international teacher will need to reach out to a specific US company with whom he/she is associated with for this sponsorship. The Bead&Button Show does not sponsor international teachers.