Donald Friedlich is a leading figure in the contemporary jewelry world. By combining digital technology with his highly labor intensive metalsmithing process, he creates jewelry that is akin to wearable glass sculpture - sophisticated, elegant and at the same time, fun.
Donald Friedlich received his BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design in 1982. He has been a leading figure in contemporary American jewelry and has served a term as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and earlier as Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of Metalsmith magazine. His jewelry has been shown in galleries and museums all over the world and is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts and others.
In 2003 he was the first jeweler to be an Artist in Residence at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. In 2004 Friedlich was a featured speaker at an international jewelry conference in Melbourne, Australia and an Artist in Residence in both the Glass and Goldsmithing Programs of Canberra School of Art at Australian National University. In 2007 he was an Artist in Residence at Tainan National University of Art in Taiwan. In 2009 Friedlich was the first American to mount a solo exhibition at Villa Bengel in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, and was a featured speaker at the annual Glass Art Society conference. That same year he was also an Artist in Residence at the glass school in Kramsach, Austria. In 2010 he toured China and lectured at universities in Shanghai, Beijing, and Hangzhou. In 2011 Friedlich was the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers and a featured speaker at a jewelry conference in Dubai, UAE. In 2012 he was an Artist in Residence at California College of Art in both the glass and metalsmithing programs for the spring semester. In 2014 he was an Artist in Residence at the Uroboros Glass Factory in Portland, Oregon. In 2016, he was invited to participate in Schmuck, the pre-eminent international exhibition of contemporary jewelry in Munich, Germany.