Tell us about yourself! I received my BFA from RISD in 1982 in jewelry and metalsmithing but for the last 20 years, glass and gold have been my primary materials. My glass training has primarily been at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass where I take classes and also teach in the cold shop. I currently work in Madison, WI.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work? I work with an unusually broad range of processes including casting, fusing, coldworking blowing and more. Whatever best suits the idea and form I want. I'm drawn to the expressive range of glass in terms of form, transparency, optical qualities, texture and more.
What themes do you pursue in your work? For many years, I’ve sought to identify qualities that are unique to jewelry as a medium. One I’ve focused on is that jewelry is viewed in motion. Some of my current Lumina Series Brooches exploit this movement in such a manner that the brooches appear to dramatically in shift color when viewed at different angles.
What is your dream project? A solo show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London would be a dream project.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose? I could see being in industrial design.
What's something about you that most people don't know? As a child, I had no interest in art what so ever. It wasn't until my early 20's when I started making jewelry that I discovered a creative side that was completely dormant.
Why are you a member of GAS? I value the community of artists that GAS represents.
To learn more about Don Friedlich, visit his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE.
Personal website: DonaldFriedlich.com