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Harriete Estel Berman
San Mateo, California
Harriete Estel Berman creates jewelry, sculpture, Judaica & installations from recycled materials https://harrieteestelberman.com/ and author of the Professional Guidelines https://harrieteestelberman.com/professional-guidelines/
Interests: Professional Guidelines, Professional Development Seminar, ASK Harriete, recycled materials, thinking and acting green, environmental issues, composting, Sociology, marketing, 2.0 marketing,
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Learn from the voice of experience. Learn from "Gail on the Go." Where is your website? A website is essential to leverage your visibility before you step out into the public view or before the craft show. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2022 at Ask Harriete
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Crafting Value and IdentityJoin me, Harriete Estel Berman in conversation with Emily Zilber from Craft In America. This Zoom program is free. January 21 at 12 pm PST. Send me your questions now and I will answer them with visual images. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at Ask Harriete
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The objective of this is post is to provide some insight into the fabrication of my work. Taking photos helps me double-check if it looks "right." Studio shots are also useful for social media, or occasionally, books or exhibition catalogs that publish studio shots. I've had this happen on many occasions. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2021 at Ask Harriete
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"They Whispered Names to Me - I am a channel" is a Menorah, or technically a Hannukiah, is featured in a segment on PBS by Craft In America. The premise was to recognize women in religious leadership, an ongoing and sometimes controversial issue in Judaism and in religions all over the world. How can this still be true? Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2021 at Ask Harriete
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JEWELRY is now streaming on PBS. The range and diversity of aesthetics and materials should provide thought-provoking scenarios for a great conversation. I look forward to hearing what people have to say. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2021 at Ask Harriete
Thank you Joan. I appreciate your optimistic support, but both days were so quick without a moment to reflect. I did the best I could at that moment. Lesson learned for everyone is that it is super important to talk about your work with family and friends...so you are ready when the moment comes for live in front of the camera.
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The final day of the Craft In America video shoot was filled with surprises. I was inspired and awed by all the new things I was learning by observing the professional film crew at work. All the while I was challenged to give the team what they needed and perform my very best. Just another day in the life of a professional artist! Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2021 at Ask Harriete
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In the final week before "Craft in America" came to the studio, I planned a sequence of jewelry fabrication demonstrations that they had requested. In this situation, I learned of the extraordinary difference between "video time" - one or two minutes is all they wanted - and real craft fabrication time of five to 40 hours. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2021 at Ask Harriete
Thanks Charlotte!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was an amazing experience.
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Finally, on Saturday, June 5, the first day of the "Craft in America" video shoot had arrived. Two vans drove up with tons of equipment and a "so called" small crew of six people. How would they all fit in my studio? . Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2021 at Ask Harriete
Start working hard on your studio now. It takes a lot longer that you think. Harriete
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I had a little over a month to prepare for "Craft In America" video shoot at my studio. I was grateful for every single day. What did I need to prepare? Now that the video shoot is over, I realize that the weeks of preparation did indeed help to highlight the fabrication steps. Still, there were a couple of times when the video crew was recording as I meticulously sawed or cut tin for an extended period of time (i.e. a few minutes) and they grew exasperated. They want action. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2021 at Ask Harriete
Jo-Ann, Thank for all the applause. It is indeed been a very interesting experience which I look forward to sharing. I learned and lot and hopefully every one of the "Craft In America" shows will bring more visibility and a larger audience to the best of craft. Harriete
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Biba, You are so right. Advocates for craft like Carol Savion and Patrick and Robert with the vision of Ornament Magazine do make a difference. Many times during the interviews, I also thought of Suzanne Ramljak who invited me to be part of Uneasy Beauty at the Fuller Craft Museum, and when I asked if I could make a big piece she said, "yes." And when it was 16 feet, she said "yes" and when it was 26 feet she said "yes." And all of this without boundaries or ifs, or limitations. She trusted me, and never filled me with crippling doubt. This level of positivity is so important.
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Thank you Francesca. It was a truly amazingly exciting experience even if I felt challenged every step along the way. I'm working on writing several posts. The entire journey had so many facets.
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Louise, My studio definitely needed help and I didn't have very much time. I'd open up drawers and the tins were covered with so much dust that you couldn't even tell the color. And the organization was in crisis. For more than a year, I had no time for any cleaning or organization. With limited time, I had to do wholesale purges of old slides and move volumes of materials out of the way.
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I confess -- for more than a decade I've had a wish... that my artwork would be featured in "Craft In America," a Peabody Award-winning series about craft. And sometimes, wishes do come true. This past weekend a six-person crew arrived at my studio and home for a two-day blitz of video. Learn about how this happened, and what it took to get ready. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2021 at Ask Harriete
Thanks Fiona for your comment. It's great to hear from you. Wait till you hear and see what is coming up!!!! Harriete
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Great images all by themselves can create opportunity. Quality images are not just an ego boost for documentation of your artistic effort. Quality images are critical to include in a magazine or book. Quality images attract the audience and reflect the quality of the magazine or book. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2021 at Ask Harriete
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Interviews may turn out unpredictably. Actually, this could be an understatement. Some interviews are like a game of croquet, roulette, or chess. Or interviews can take more detours than rock slides on California One, but at the moment, I'd like to invite everyone to listen to a live ZOOM panel discussion Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at Ask Harriete
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With Covid-19, this year's Thanksgiving required a new dimension of creativity with Covid-19 style and safety. Here is this year's Thanksgiving table, and examples from past years. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2020 at Ask Harriete
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On Thursday, November 19, Cindi Straus will be leading a conversation with me, Harriete Estel Berman, and Joyce J.Scott. The conversation is titled "American Jewelry and the Counter Culture." We will discuss our early experiences as makers in the turbulent and politically exciting period of the 1970s and early 1980s. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2020 at Ask Harriete
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Now in 2019, a few updates are due for the Professional Guidelines. The updates involve all three contracts, plus the Guide to Professional Quality Images and Inventory Records: Documentation and Provenance. Your work could be part of the history in your field but only with documentation. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at Ask Harriete
Thank you Fiona. Your comment is much appreciated. Harriete
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Last week, I was 3,000 miles and a world away from today. Saturday, October 13 was dedicated to my first visit to the Fuller Craft Museum and the opening reception for the exhibition "Uneasy Beauty." The whole day was a rich experience. Why was it worth traveling 3,000 miles? Why even go to an opening reception? Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Ask Harriete