Upcycling Plastic Waste into Jewelry with Harriete Estel Berman

On December 10, 2021, Craft in America, a Peabody award-winning series on PBS, will be airing an episode on jewelry, which will feature a Bay Area artist named Harriete Estel Berman who highlights the problems of plastic pollution through her work. She is now bringing attention to the environmental issues caused by plastic pollution by upcycling discarded plastic waste to make art and jewelry, including intricate bracelets. According to Berman, she uses “the humblest of materials taken from the waste stream of our society to examine the values of our society.”

Berman is a resident of San Mateo and has made a living through jewelry making, sculpting, and metalsmithing. Berman holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (BFA) in Metalsmithing from Syracuse University and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

To learn more about Harriete Estel Berman and her thought-provoking work, tune into PBS for the Jewelry episode on December 10th, from 9:00pm – 10:00pm or anytime via streaming on the Craft in America website here. To view more of Berman’s amazing post-consumer recycled plastic collection creations, you can visit her website here.



Photo source: www.harrieteestelberman.com