Brigitte Clavette is a jeweller and metalsmith who was born in Edmunston, New Brunswick. The head of Jewellery/Metal Arts at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design from 1985 to 2017, she currently teaches part-time and works on her own artistic practice. She is a member of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and has received the Excellence Award from the province of New Brunswick and the Strathbutler Award from the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation. Her work is held in the Royal Ontario Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the New Brunswick Museum and the Art Gallery of Guelph’s contemporary silversmithing collection. Brigitte Clavette now lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
“Clavette’s work is especially innovative and memorable thanks to her ability to pull away from traditional methods of fabrication of one object to complete compositions of parts. The work, which she sometimes refers to as functionless, crosses cultural and economic divides to create larger narratives.
Brigitte Clavette generously leads while advocating for others to succeed. Through her art and her lifelong involvement in mentorships, collectives and committee and board work, she has left an undeniably deep mark.”
Nominators: Maegen Black, Director, on behalf of the Canadian Crafts Federation, and Ann Manuel, visual artist
Saidye Bronfman Award Winner
for Excellence in the Fine Crafts
“Brigitte Clavette generously leads while advocating for others to succeed. Through her art and her lifelong involvement in mentorships, collectives and committee and board work, she has left an undeniably deep mark.”