Jewelry in Glass and Gold
A leading figure in contemporary American jewelry for decades, Donald Friedlich’s work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, the Newark Museum, the Racine Art Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design and others. Friedlich served a term as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and also as Chair of the Metalsmith magazine Editorial Advisory Board.
Friedlich has lectured at conferences and universities all over the United States and abroad. 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 Departments of Canberra School of Art at Australian National University. In 2007 he was visiting faculty at Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan and was one of only two American jewelers chosen for the prestigious international exhibition Schmuck 2007 in Munich, Germany. In 2008 he was the keynote speaker at the PMC Conference at Purdue University in Indiana.
In 2009 he spoke at the annual Glass Art Society conference in Corning, New York, was an Artist in Residence at the glass school in Kramsach, Austria and was the first American to have a solo exhibition at Villa Bengel in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. In 2010 he lectured at universities in Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Beijing, China. In 2011 he was the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers and taught at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. In 2012 he was a featured speaker at the James Renwick Symposium at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, an Artist in Residence in the glass and metals programs at California College of the Arts for the spring semester, and won the Excellence in Jewelry award at the Smithsonian Craft Show.
In 2014 Friedlich was an artist in residence at the Uroboros Glass factory in Portland, OR, where he was able to complete a series of cast glass sculptures. In 2015 he joined the Board of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) and was a featured speaker at SOFA Chicago. In 2016 he lectured at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery as part of the James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist Series and was the keynote speaker at annual conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths in Asheville, NC. He was also selected for what is widely considered the preeminent jewelry exhibition in the world, Schmuck 2016 in Munich, Germany. In 2017 he taught a two week workshop at Penland School of Crafts and was recognized with an award for his extensive service to the field by the Society of North American Goldsmiths. In 2019 he was in two exhibitions in China, the Beijing International Jewellery Exhibition and Triple Parade Biennial for Contemporary Jewellery in Shanghai, was a finalist at the Cheongju International Craft Competition in Korea and was in an exhibition titled The Southwest Influence on American Craft at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. In 2020 he was a finalist for the Friedrich Becker Prize in Germany.
Friedlich’s jewelry has been in major international exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. His work is currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as part of their permanent collection.
Friedlich received his BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design in 1982. His many awards include a National Endowment for the Arts New England Regional Fellowship and the 2001 Renwick Gallery Acquisition Award at the Smithsonian Craft Show.
Magnification Series Brooch
Collections of the Museum of Arts and Design
and the Corning Museum of Glass
Donald Friedlich Lecture