This Saturday:
Humor in Craft Talk & Book Signing

Posted July 10, 2012 in Blog

“Humor in Craft” cover image courtesy Brigitte Martin.

From Suzanne Sippel, Asher Gallery Manager:

Good evening Ladies and Gents, and all those in between! We’ve got a great evening here for you tonight, so please keep those glasses filled and enjoy the show. I’d like to start out with a small joke, some comedy sketches if you will…

Why was six afraid of seven?
Because seven ate nine!

OK, OK, I see some fingers nearing the navigation buttons. Remember, we’re still getting warmed up! How about this…

The Higgs Boson walks into a church.
The priest says “We don’t allow Higgs-Bosons in here.”
The Higgs Boson says “But without me, how can you have mass?”

Wait! Stop! Don’t close this window or click that link! You want real comedy? Are you looking for actual humor? Well, I know when I’m not wanted. . .  You’re looking for Brigitte Martin, founder of crafthaus and author/curator of Humor in Craft. And I am prepared to deliver–she’ll be here on Saturday, July 14, at 11:00 AM to discuss this project and sign copies of her new book.  But wait, there’s more!  Not only will you get to meet the author, you’ll also hear from award-winning metalsmith, Nathan Dube, and acclaimed ceramist, Jason Kishell.

I see you wondering how you know their names. . .  It could be from the solid-silver spit-wad shooter sitting on your desk or from the Smug Mug currently holding your morning coffee.  Am I right?  Am I right? Oh, well, OK then, you may remember them from HCCC’s Artist Residency Program. Jason Kishell is a 2006 alumnus and Nathan Dube is currently to be found in Studio 5.  And both artists are included in Humor in Craft–with Jason scoring the cover shot with his iconic Smug Mug.

How did Brigitte put this all together? After all, humor comes in many forms, from the dry wit of Steve Martin or Christopher Buckley to the physical comedy of the Three Stooges to the drop-dead comedic skills of myself.  (None of these is for everyone, and it’s been said mine is for no one.)  Instead of restricting herself by genre, Brigitte looked for “a concept everyone can relate to, plus technical skill combined with a refreshing, unabashed dose of irreverence and sense of humor.”

I suppose Justice Stewart had it right when he uttered the famous phrase “…I know it when I see it.”  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see for yourselves how humorous craft can be. Thank you very much, you’ve been a great audience, and we hope to see you this Saturday for But Seriously… talking about Humor in Craft.