Area Industry fAQ for interested vendors
Who should apply to the show?
If you are a West Coast “modern” potter, we want you! We are looking for anyone working in clay that creates either functional or nonfunctional work in a clean, simple aesthetic. Bright color? We love it! Keeping it simple? Love that too! We do tend to shy away from representational imagery (cactus overload, anyone?) but love abstract work. This show is intended to balance out the more traditional pottery markets that are already out there in an effort to offer something new. If your main body of work isn’t quite what we are looking for but you have a new line that you think will be a perfect match, please be sure to mention that and send us links to your images. Still not sure what we’re looking for? Take a look at the pottery we carry in our store, Mantel!
Where/When is it?
We are thrilled to have our 2nd year of Area Industry be located at the beautiful venue of Castaway in NW Portland! We will have a total of 15,000 square feet including a 500 square foot courtyard for food and hands-on clay activities. Our event has doubled in size in just one year! Inside this gorgeous venue you’ll find 14’ ceilings, exposed wooden beams, and steel window sashes. We’ll have 40-50 vendors plus a bar, DJ, and video projection. In the courtyard you’ll find hands-on clay experiences and food trucks.
Exact address: 1900 NW 18th Avenue (near the Pearl District)
The show will be open to the general public from 12-6pm October 6th. Load-in for vendors will be available as early as 9:30am. Vendors need to be packed up and out of the venue by 8pm.
What are the costs? tell me more about the booth setup!
Costs of the spaces vary based on your needs. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own tables and setup. We have chairs available for free if needed. Your “booth” will be a designated area on the floor of the venue. We do not supply your setup.
9x6 booths (9’ long and 6’ deep) = $300. Works well with one 6’ long table. Backs up to another vendor or a wall.
9x8 booths (9’ long and 8’ deep) = $400. These booths are shoppable from at least 2 sides and will accommodate two 6’ long tables if desired. These do not back up to other vendors. They are either against a wall or floating in the space.
12x6 booths (12’ long and 6’ deep) = $400 These booths are extra long and would accommodate two 6’ long tables end to end. Backs up to other vendors or a wall. Great for those wanting a lot of visual weight at the show.
Please add $30 if you require electrical added to your booth. These booths are limited and are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Please bring an extension cord.
What is timing like on the application and notifications?
April 14th: Applications open
July 1st: Applications due
July 8th: Notifications sent out
July 14th: Booth fee due
How do i pay?
We accept payment via Venmo. We will send you more info on this in your notification letter.
Can I cancel my reservation?
Please only apply if you are sure that you can participate. After you pay your booth fee, the cost is nonrefundable.
i’m a new artist and i can’t afford the fee. are there scholarships available?
We get it. We have a total obsession with new artists and small makers- and we’re sympathetic to all the costs of starting a small business (been there, done that!). It is extremely important to us that we get you into this show. So we will be working as hard as possible to secure booth sponsorships to up-and-coming artists and students. With that said, space for these artists is limited so please only apply for a scholarship if you are truly in need. Scholarship questions are included on the application form. No other paperwork is needed.
Can I share a booth with a partner?
Yes. 9x8 and 12x6 booths could be shared between two makers. Each maker must apply separately. Be sure to list your partner’s brand name on the application in the requested field. These entries will be judged together- both must be accepted to participate. (So be sure your partner is pretty rad.)