Harriete Estel Berman
Harriete Estel Berman uses post consumer, recycled materials to construct artwork, jewelry to sculpture with social commentary. Berman's art work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. Her work has been acquired for the permanent collections of 16 museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Detroit Institute of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Jewelry uses post consumer recycled materials to reflect the values of our consumer society. Judaica by Harriete Estel Berman focuses on the concept of Tikkun Olam "repair the world" with the use of post consumer recycled tin cans. Sculptures include domestic appliances remarking on the roles of women, the influence of advertising and commentary about our consumer society.
Harriete Estel Berman has her jewelry, sculpture and Judaica in over 40 books including a whole chapter in the book, ReManufractured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects, Makers: A History of American Studio Craft and the cover of The Fine Art of The Tin Can.
Visit her studio online to see work in progress.
Her blog ASK HARRIETE regularly offers professional advice to the art community.
Harriete has written an ongoing series of PROFESSIONAL GUIDELINES for artists to promote understanding, checklists, and practical solutions for recurring issues in the art and craft community. The Professional Guidelines are available as downloadable Word & PDF files on this website. All documents were reviewed by artists, galleries, curators, and collectors to provide professional expertise from the entire arts and crafts community.
Ms. Berman has also organized the Professional Development Seminar with Andy Cooperman, Don Friedlich and Brigitte Martin for the SNAG conference for nine years. In 2015 she received the SNAG Volunteer Award.
Survival as an artist and makers takes a multi-faceted approach. Berman uses her extensive technical skills with metal to do silver repair for Berman Fine Silverwork. And leads five exercise classes each week at Planet Granite Belmont. (Photos left.)
Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a graduate of Syracuse University (BFA) and Temple University (MFA), Harriete lives in California where she fills many roles as a mother, daughter, wife, gardener, former taxi driver (for her children), exercise instructor, and many volunteer activities.