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Nothing in life is certain except death, taxes, and the second law of thermodynamics. --- Seth Loyd, American engineer, MIT Professor

Brigitte Martin

Crafthaus Founder & Editor

Professional Affiliation:

SNAG Board of Directors, 2012-2016

--Community Liaison--

--Chair, Professional Development Seminar--

--Development Chair--

Craft Think Tank

- Creator and Co-Organizer with the American Craft Council

Member American Craft Council


 Named one of the 5 "Best Art Curators In Pittsburgh" by CBS !

September 2012

Named one of "9 People to watch in 2013" by The Crafts Report!

March 2013

Featured on NPR's 'Radio Times"

May 2012

Featured in American Craft Magazine

July/August 2015


Published April 28, 2012

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

Foreword by Andrew Wagner.

Gail M. Brown:
"You must be kidding...",
Garth Johnson:
"Funk's Not Dead",
Kathryn A. Lichti-Harriman:
"Taking the Piss: Mistakes and Irony in Scottish Craft Groups",
Marjorie Simon:
"Wandering Thoughts: What's so funny?"



craft / hobbies / how to


2013 Independent Publisher

Book Awards!


Independent Publisher - 2013 Awards

Creator & Co-Organizer:
 Craft Think Tank

  • June 2012, Pittsburgh PA
  • October 2013, Asheville, NC

  • June 2015, Chicago, IL
  • Fall 2017, Los Angeles, CA

Bringing together leaders of American craft organizations, makers from all fields, business and marketing executives and other creative minds for in-depth discussions about the future of craft. Co-organized with the American Craft Council.


ISGB Gathering, Albuquerque, NM -Keynote Speaker-

July 15-19, 2015

ECU Metals Symposium, Greenville, NC

January 16-18, 2015

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Lecturer, April 1-2, 2014

University of Iowa, Art Department

Visiting Artist & Lecturer, March 5-6, 2014

College of Visual Arts & Design, University of North Texas, Denton

Guest Lecturer, CORE Program, Nov 13-14, 2013

Craft Forward-ing: Conversations on Innovation and Entrepreneurship,
California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA.

Symposium Speaker and Panelist.
In collaboration with the American Craft Council, March 2, 2013

"What do we laugh at?" - Artist Talk and Book Signing

With special guest Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post Gazette Editorial Cartoonist.

Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, Sep. 22, 2012

"Forging Entrepreneurs: Tools and Skills For Business Success"

SNAG's inaugural business symposium for independent jewelers and metalsmiths running small businesses.
 Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA. August 26, 2012

Artist Talk and Book Signing "Humor in Craft"
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX, July 14, 2012

"Forging Communities", Symposium

What does Success Look Like in the Jewelry World? (Panelist.) 
Symposium sponsored by the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco, CA
November 12, 2011

"Communities: Hybrid and Hyphenated", Symposium
, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh PA


  • 2016 LEAP Award, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2015 ISGB Advancement Fellowship
  • Co:Operation Garnish, traveling exhibit to various US locations 2015/2016, co-organized, juried, and curated with Rachel Timmins
  • 59th Annual Boardwalk Art Show @ Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), June 12 – 15, 2014
  • SNAG/crafthaus scholarship (Spring annually)
  • crafthaus project grant (Fall annually)
  • “FERROUS” - A cooperative exhibition between Velvet da Vinci Gallery and crafthaus, 2013
  • "Co:Operation Tableware" (Group Show, Fancy Gallery Seattle, 2011)

  • Craft Boston 2011 (Spring and Winter Shows)

  • AltCraft San Francisco (American Craft Council Show), 2010
  • "No Boundaries" SNAG Student Exhibition, Houston Conference

, 2009



Co:Operation Garnish, co-organized and curated with Rachel Timmins. An exhibition of collaboratively created work by metal/jewelry artists who work in decidedly different styles.


  • 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.
  • Thomas Mann"s Gallery I/O. New Orleans - April 1 - June 25, 2016.


Humor in Craft, March 4-April 19, 2014

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
17 Fountains St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Reception: April Fool's Day, 2014 @ 6:30PM

Ferrous, A Collaborative Exhibition between Velvet da Vinci Gallery and crafthaus
- Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, March/April
- 18 Karat, Toronto, Canada, April/May


Humor in Metal, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, AZ

Humor in Craft, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA



Cooperation Tableware, Fancy Gallery, Seattle WA, collaboration with Sarah Abramson. 
An exhibition of collaboratively created tableware by craft artists who typically work in different media.



"Vessels and the Art of Containment" (Group Show)

"Hybrids" (Solo Show: Ana Lopez)

"Two of a Kind" (Enamels: Tricia Harding and Michael Romanik)

"Ceramic Expressions", Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh (Diem Chau, Laura Jean McLaughlin, Joseph Gower)

"Pittsburgh Metal" (Group Show)

"Repel-Allure-Adapt" (Solo Show: Christine Bossler)


"Wearable Nostalgia: Deconstructing Barbie and Ken" (Solo Show: Margaux Lange)

"Paper or Plastic?" (Group Show)

"New American Furniture and Tableware" (Solo Show: Brian Ferrell)

"Metal Bloom" (Solo Show: Chihiro Makio)

"Evolution" (Solo Show: Michelle Pajak-Reynolds)

"Fibers Expanded" (Group Show)

"Double Vision" (Group Show)

"Theater of the Mind" (Solo Show: Benedict Oddi)


"Laughingstock: Humor in Art & Craft" (Group Show)

"Lost Spaces" (Solo Show: Artemis Herber)

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Chicagoland, IL
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I enjoy working with people and value collaborative efforts. In my spare time (ha ha ha) I work with every material that's not securely nailed to the floor.

My inspiration: Architectural Photography. Bridges.

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At 6:19pm on October 5, 2015, Nancy Josephson said…

Hi Bridgitte. Thanks for welcoming me. I'm not sure exactly how I'll meander through this but I'm sure it'll be an interesting trip.

At 6:42pm on August 28, 2015, Tabitha Pearson said…

Thanks Bridgette! I am so glad to be part of this! I spend a lot of time alone and feel grateful for the opportunity to be part of a community. Looking forward to sharing with other members and seeing their work. Cheers!

At 4:20pm on July 13, 2015, Antonia Teresa Taladriz said…

Thanks for letting me be part of Crafthaus network!

At 12:01pm on July 2, 2015, Valerii Latyshev said…

What`s new? It`s a summer time and this mean there are a lot of craft festivals and fairs in Russia. Craft fairs take place in other seasons too but in summer we have many open air craft fairs. So we use this opportunity to see what people make and to show what we can make and of course to sell our craft.

At 12:51pm on June 28, 2015, Jill Gibson said…

Hello Brigitte,  Thanks for including me in the Crafthaus community.  I look forward to further inspiration from all the wonderful artwork made by artists in this community.


At 12:15pm on June 26, 2015, barbara bryn klare said…

Thank you, Brigitte! I plan to participate as much as possible and am absolutely thrilled to find such a rich and fascinating forum of craft people to engage with. 

Best, Barbara

At 2:26pm on June 23, 2015, Valerii Latyshev said…

Brigitte - thank you so much for your warm welcome!

At 1:46pm on June 23, 2015, Harriete Estel Berman said…

It took me too long to write my note ....

Words seemed inadequate to express my gratitude and how much I enjoyed working with you on each and every occasion.

I am always in your court.


At 11:37am on June 14, 2015, Vesna Kolobaric said…

Thank you Brigitte for acceptance to Crafthaus! I look forward to all the activities and meetings with artists! *-*

At 8:35am on June 4, 2015, Rea said…

Dear Brigitte Martin, 

Thank you so much for welcoming me to Crafthaus. I am very excited to be a member of this community. :)

Best wishes, 


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MFA in Studio Art at New Mexico State University

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MFA in Studio Art at New Mexico State University

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Call for Artists: With Moves like MacGyver

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Entry Deadline: January 1st, 2016

Entry fee: $35, for up to three entries, three wearable or small sculptural objects, and their accompanying tools.

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Call for Artists: BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis

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BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis

Submission Deadline (received by): December 15, 2015

Exhibition Dates: September 2, 2016 – late January, 2017

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