Co:Operation Tableware


Co:Operation Tableware

An exhibition featuring work by pairs of artists who develop, and cooperatively create a set of functional (or nonfunctional) tableware. Exhibited at Fancy Gallery, Seattle during the SNAG conference 2011. Online exhibition in 2 parts.

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Co:Operation Tableware

What is this exhibition about ?

An exhibition featuring work by pairs of artists who cooperatively create a set of tableware (functional or nonfunctional.) To be exhibited at Fancy Gallery, Seattle during the SNAG conference 2011.

Why tableware? Eating requires the systematic use of a variety of serving tools- from flatware to dinnerware to serveware. Many functional serving elements combine each time we sit down to enjoy a meal. A cup and a saucer, a knife and a fork, a soup bowl and a spoon, diverse items work hand in hand at the breakfast or dinner table.

Can two artists create cooperatively too? Can two artists who typically work in different media (metal, paper, plastic, Cad Cam, enamel, ceramics, glass, wood, polymers etc.) create a set of objects that when combined allow for a meaningful function at the table?

This exhibition would like to show how two individual makers develop a tableware set together. These objects can work together, respond to one another, converse between each other, or work dependently with one another.

We are looking for work that has been developed by artists from a variety of craft backgrounds. The goal of the exhibition is to show where the influence of each individual artist ends, and FLOWS into the creative sphere of the team, thus picking up on the SNAG conference theme FLUX (Flux as a Process.) The end result will be an exhibition of items (or sets) on which both artists worked cooperatively, and that complement each other in their function (e.g.: ladle and gravy bowl, fork and knife, pots and pans, cup and saucer, etc.) or one piece on which both artists worked cooperatively (bowl, pepper mill, plate etc.)

Sarah Abramson, Brigitte Martin

Sarah Abramson, Andy Cooperman, Brigitte Martin

Fancy Gallery
1914 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101


HERE ARE THE RESULTS (click on names for important additional information:)

Watch out: Craft Nerd Factor 10 !

1. Nick Mullins & Elliot Gaskin: "Primiware" 




2. Jessica Tolbert & Dan Krueger: "Tray Etiquette"





3. Sarah Holden & Stacey Lee Webber: "Home Fried"








4. Sun Kyoung Kim & Andrew Meers: "Aided"





5. Bifei Cao & Adam Robinson Criscuolo: "Breathe-An Explanation of Yixi Tea Pot"





6. Alison Bailey and Tom Kallio
7. Ann M. Fiala and Jordan Lynn Pigott
8. Nick Dong and Maru Almeida
9. Haley Bates and Sanam Emami
10. Becky McDonah and Sam Chung
11. Jillian Moore and Emily Watson
12. Caryn Schnell and Teresa F. Faris
13. Byung Jin Kim and Sang Hyuk Lee
14. Amie Adelman and Ana M. Lopez
15. Brian Weissman and Erin S. Daily
16. Ethan Eichstedt and Neta Ron
17. Galatea Kontos and Lauren Duffy
18. John B. Gilliam and Danielle Miller Gilliam


Part 2:
19. Sue Amendolara and Karen Ernst
20. Leslie Riches and Jason Huff
21. Thea Clark and Steven Grainger
22. Marissa Saneholtz and Laura Wood
23. Lisa M. Johnson and Randy Long
24. Charles Funnell and Susan McDonald
25. Sara Brown and Kimberly Jackson
26. Francesca Vitali and Loring Taoka
27. Jill Baker Gower and Joseph Gower
28. Phil Renato and Jun Suk Min
29. Elizabeth J. Hadley and Lydia A Comer
30. Anthony Tammaro and Joseph Gower
31. Carolyn Tillie, Rob Cluff, and 2Roses
32. Linda Savineau and Stephanie Jordens
33. Gretchen Yeo and Beth Zarden-Benson
34. C. Spencer Carl and Maggie Masson
35. Suzanne Pugh and Candice Tarnowski
36. Christine Simpson-Forni and Momoko Usami

Discussion Forum

Artist Opportunity - Duality: Collaborations by Artist-Couples (Call for Artists)

Started by Brigitte Martin. Last reply by Emily Watson Aug 16, 2012. 3 Replies

Hello everyone:Heather Gibson just placed a Call for Artists on ch and I thought this one would be PERFECT for all you guys who have experience with collaborative work. Please take a look. You can find Heather on crafthaus. Have a good…Continue

Tags: opportunity, call, Philadelphia, artist, duality

Call for Artists: Collaborative Work ALL MEDIA INVITED!

Started by Brigitte Martin Dec 6, 2011. 0 Replies

This is an interesting call for collaborative work that I just came across and wanted to share with this group. You don't have to be a FS member to enter! This might be right up your alley!Call For Entries -- 2012 FURNITURE Conference…Continue

Tags: call, art, artists, craft, competition

Closing Reception during SNAG was big success (images)

Started by Brigitte Martin. Last reply by Harriete Estel Berman May 31, 2011. 1 Reply

The closing reception for the exhibit was a big success, line out the door and people packed like sardines in a can. Great energy. Some pieces sold ! Yay. People really got into the fun aspect of collaborative work. All the pieces were greatly…Continue

Tags: Sarah, Abramson, Brigitte, Martin, conference

First press for "Co:Operation Tableware" - Enjoy

Started by Brigitte Martin. Last reply by Emily Watson May 6, 2011. 1 Reply

Here is a first blog post about the exhibit in the Seattle Met Magazine's online edition: …Continue

Tags: Met, Magazine, Seattle, Tableware, SNAG

The show is up and looking good !

Started by Brigitte Martin. Last reply by Brigitte Martin May 3, 2011. 9 Replies

Exhibition Update:I flew to Seattle last weekend to set up the exhibition…Continue

Tags: cooperation, tableware, conference, Seattle, gallery

RESULTS: CoOperation Tableware !

Started by Brigitte Martin. Last reply by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds Nov 19, 2010. 1 Reply

Hello Cooperative Tableware Teams !Thank you all for participating in this exciting collaborative project. It was wonderful to see the results of the various cross-media cooperations, and to witness the diverse approaches taken to solve the task of…Continue

Tags: conference, results, Seattle, tableware, SNAG

Introducing: Fancy Gallery, Seattle

Started by Brigitte Martin. Last reply by Yu-Ping Lin (Rainey) Oct 29, 2010. 2 Replies

I thought it was time we introduced FANCY Gallery to you, the beautiful location where the "CoOperation Tableware" exhibition will take place in the Spring.Sarah Abramson and I had the great pleasure to talk with the owners on a few occasions, both…Continue

Tags: fiber, jewelry, ceramics, glass, decorative

SNAG member looking to collaborate .....

Started by Brigitte Martin. Last reply by Lora Hart Oct 28, 2010. 16 Replies

If you are a SNAG member looking to collaborate with an artist working in a different media, please leave a comment and your crafthaus or website address here so that you can be contacted for possible collaboration.Thank you.Want some help with…Continue

Tags: cooperation, tableware, collaborative, conference, SNAG

NON-SNAG members looking to collaborate ...

Started by Brigitte Martin. Last reply by Dawn Blair Oct 22, 2010. 9 Replies

If you are NOT a SNAG member and you are looking to collaborate with a SNAG artist, please leave a comment, and your crafthaus or website address here so that you can be contacted for possible collaboration. You can also go to the SNAG group on…Continue

Tags: cooperation, tableware, collaborative, conference, SNAG

Comment Wall


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Comment by Brigitte Martin on May 1, 2011 at 10:00am
Hello Thea,
yes, there will be an online show of this exhibition here on crafthaus more or less right after the exhibition at Fancy is over, it will be up for a month mid June/July.
We will miss you at the conference !
Comment by Thea Clark on April 30, 2011 at 10:53pm
Is an online image gallery planned for crafthaus? I won't be attending SNAG this time and would love to see all the works.
Comment by Brigitte Martin on March 10, 2011 at 3:11pm

Update for participating artists: The gallery contract will be arriving in your email within the next 2 days. If you do not get an email from us by Saturday let us know and we will resend it.

a. fill out your contract, sign and return it together with shipment of the artwork
b. ship the artwork so that it arrives at the gallery address with signature delivery on or before April 14, 2011. 
The gallery prefers shipment via UPS or FEDEX rather than postal service. For your piece of mind and security of the artwork it is highly recommended to track your package and request a signature upon delivery. You will sleep better knowing where your work is and that it is accounted for.
Any questions, let me know.

Comment by Brigitte Martin on January 10, 2011 at 2:45pm

Date / Corrections:


Update: Next up for Cooperative Tableware: Sarah Abramson and Brigitte Martin will be giving a live 1/2 hour internet radio interview with Jay Whaley on blogtalkradioradio. Yay!


Date: Thursday, JANUARY 20, 2011, approximately 3-4pm Pacific Standard Time (PST), we will likely be in the 2nd half of the show.

Please feel free to call into the show and ask your questions live on air: 

Phone: 646-716-5718


Can’t be there that day but have tons of questions? Email us your questions before the show directly  We will try to read your questions on air (mentioning your name if you wish) - and then see if we can get you a good answer too :-)


More information about Jay Whaley on blog TALK radio: Whaleystudios on blogTalkRadio


Let's be in touch ! We are looking much forward to this exciting opportunity and to answering your questions !


Comment by Brigitte Martin on November 15, 2010 at 5:43pm
UPDATE: In case you are wondering, the jurying process is almost over :-) Next up is a skype meeting with Sally and Erich from Fancy Gallery to take a look at how to potentially situate the pieces in their space. Sarah and I already have “a plan” but this is such an unusual show (the pieces are quite diverse as one can well imagine), so we really need to be sure every work will have a good spot in the gallery.

As soon as that has been worked out, we will be able to let you all know whose work we will be able to show.

We are working hard on this show to give the artists, the gallery and SNAG an exhibition they can be proud of. Things look good. Just a few more days, please.

Thanks for your patience !
Comment by Brigitte Martin on November 6, 2010 at 3:07pm
All of the submissions are in and I am currently getting everything ready for the next step: Jurying. Andy Cooperman and Sarah Abramson will join me in this difficult task over the next few days. We'll get back to you asap.
Comment by Jillian Moore on November 4, 2010 at 8:56am
That was a whopper of an entry, and just in the nick of time! Emily Watson and I have been working out the details as she drives to NY for a Craft show and I'm about to rush off to Chicago!
Comment by Brigitte Martin on November 3, 2010 at 6:30pm
The submissions are starting to come in and, boy, are they amazing! It is particularly interesting to read about your collaborative processes, how you guys connected with each other through mutual appreciation of each other's work, and how you produced a piece (or pieces) together --- without killing each other in the process :-)
This is going to be an amazing show ! Thank you for all your hard work.
Comment by Brigitte Martin on November 2, 2010 at 9:29pm
Sorry Christine, Friday Nov 5 it is, you can email your entry until midnight that evening and it is still good :-) I hope that helps a little.

Unfortunately, all the deadlines are really early this year, SNAG needs time too on their end for publication etc, and they already allowed us to extend the deadline almost a full week in order to accommodate the unusual nature of this exhibition :-)
Comment by Christine Simpson Forni on November 2, 2010 at 9:14pm
Curious if there is any possibility of extending the deadline to Monday? Just thought I'd ask.

A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

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