I have noticed that interest in competitions varies from club to club, as does the interpretation of whether a level 2 faceting competition should require entrants to submit more than one stone.
Many club competitions only cover a subset of the groups in the j&r manual ostensibly because only a few people enter or that is all most people are interested in
If a section receives few entries, one of the questions is whether the section should be dropped next year.
This approach doesn't provide an incentive to try out other aspects of the craft.
Given the judging guidelines in faceting are about as qualitative as we can get them, why can't we have a faceting section in a level 2 comp which gives entrants the opportunity to choose a stone from two or more set designs in groups 8 to 11.
Good question Gordon. Why can't cutters choose? Competitors can enter any division they wish except a lower one if they have won a first place in that division. Page 6 B3 to B4.6 of the Manual explains it in depth. Level 2 is State wide, Level 1 is Club level.
Clubs can choose any design and should have sections available for Novice, Intermediate & Open so there is more competition. They can also choose Novelty designs, such as the Dragon Fly, Spider, Maple Leaf etc. We did last year here at Parramatta. It doesn't always have to be the "Standard" designs, it's up to the Club Comp. Committee to choose designs that may present a challenge.
Competition needs to be more fun as well as about craftsmanship especially at Club Level as this sets the challenge to progress up to Level 3 & 4.
However some committees are fixated on having a limited number of sections to avoid having one or two entries in a section.
In those cases giving cutters a choice of designs to use for one section allows cutters to expand their horizons without being the only entrant. It would also be a good way for clubs to open competitions to areas that are being developed.
But it seems there is an aversion to the idea. Hence my question
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