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Harriete Estel Berman


Interesting Blogs

  • Joanne Mattera Art Blog
    Joanne Matera describes her blog as "Guaranteed Biased, myopic,incomplete and journalistically suspect" but the art business information is interesting and informative.
  • Craft Gadfly
    Author Bruce Metcalf writes all to infrequently from his experiences. The extended text needs more images for relief so be patient.
  • Extreme Craft
    Garth Johnson's perspective on the handmade as art or craft.
  • Judaica Journal
    This is the only blog I've found about contemporary Judaica.

Books in Posts on ASK Harriete

  • UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging by Scott Stratten

  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

  • Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin

  • Rose Valland: Resistance at the Museum by Corinne Bouchoux

  • Salt Mines and Castles: The Discovery and Restitution of Looted European Art by Thomas Carr Howe Jr

  • Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis

  • Repatriation of Art from the Collecting Point in Munich After World War II

  • Shadowed by Grace: A Story of Monuments Men by Cara Putman

  • The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert Edsel

  • Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

  • Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art by Caitlin Freeman

  • Unleashing the Idea Virus by Seth Godin

  • Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

  • Trashformations: Recycled Materials in Contemporary American Art and Design

  • The Fine Art of the Tin Can: Techniques & Inspirations by Bobby Hansson

  • Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective

  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

  • IMAGINE: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer

  • Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything

  • Risky is the New Safe

  • The TOOLS: Transform Your Problems Into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity

  • Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton

  • Professional Goldsmithing: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Jewelry Techniques by Alan Revere

  • The Art Of Jewelry Making: Classic & Original Designs ~ Alan Revere

Harriete's Favorites

  • The Long Tail by Chris Anderson

  • Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoffrey Colvin

  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Guest Authors on ASK Harriete

  • Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters by Victoria Lansford, Guest Author on ASK Harriete

Harriete is reading.

  • The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

  • The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone---Especially Ourselves

  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams, the Dilbert cartoonist

  • slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte

  • How to be a Presentation God: Build, Design, and Deliver Presentations that Dominate

  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

The GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY

  • "The GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY in the Age of the Internet" - a keynote address

  • RECOMMENDATIONS from The GOOD, The BAD, and The UGLY In The Age of The Internet

  • The "Force" for "GOOD"

  • The Keynote Objective


  • ASK Ourselves, ASK Everyone

  • The Guild of Unauthorized Sharing

  • Ethical SHARING Honors Original Content

  • The Color Blind Paint Salesperson and the Workshop Imposter

  • Copyright Ownership vs. Owning the DVD

  • The Gray Zone Framed By Black & White

  • GOOD Increases Your Visibility with Search

  • "Abilities versus Choices" & Choice Quotes

  • DMCA "Take Down" - Action & Advocacy Against Copycats

  • Alibaba Who? Alibaba Me?

  • Selling Craft Before Its Time

  • "I love your work and want to make one for myself"

  • Purchase of an Object versus Purchase of Copyright or Right to Copy

10 Plagues

  • Death by Fire: Sati, Dowry Death, and Female Infanticide in Modern India by Mala Sen

  • Science and Technology in World History

  • Man and Microbes: Disease and Plagues in History and Modern Times

  • Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues

  • Six Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them

Professional Development Seminar

  • The IN and OUT of SHIPPING

  • Collectors, Collection and You


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One-Line Bio

Harriete Estel Berman creates jewelry, sculpture, Judaica & installations from recycled materials and author of the Professional Guidelines


Harriete Estel Berman organized a series of Professional Guidelines for the arts community to promote understanding, checklists, and practical solutions for recurring issues in the art and craft community. View the Professional Guidelines on my web site at: or click on the links to individual topics (in the right column) on this page.

If you would like to suggest a topic, or formally participate in the writing and review process for the Professional Guidelines, contact Harriete Estel Berman at:

Berman uses recycled tin cans to construct her artwork ranging from jewelry, sculpture to installations of social commentary. Sculptures from the last forty years include a commentary on the roles of women in our society, environmental issues, the influence of advertising in our consumer society and critique on the impact of standardized testing on education. Berman’s work has been shown throughout the United States and in Europe and Africa. Her work is included in the permanent collections of sixteen museums including The Jewish Museum, NY, Jüdisches Museum in Berlin, Germany, the Detroit Institute of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Harriete lives in California where she fills many roles as a mother, daughter, wife, gardener, exercise instructor, indentured servant to many volunteer activities, and domestic goddess, (just kidding.)