Much of my exploration has involved a search for qualities that are unique to jewelry as an art form. One quality that currently interests me is that brooches and necklaces are usually worn against a fabric environment. My clear glass jewelry exploits the optics of glass to heavily magnify the clothing on which it is worn so the weave of the fabric becomes the image in the jewelry, while my frosted pieces exploit the translucency of glass to exhibit a subtle color shift with the color of the clothing. I think of these pieces as "site adaptiveā€ jewelry. This body of work bridges three craft media: it is jewelry, made of glass, with textile imagery.

The work on this page and the following page has grown out of a month-long period as an Artist in Residence at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. During this residency I was able to work closely with a glassblower for the first time. This greatly expanded the range of glass forms in my work. I enjoyed the collaborative process of working with another artist very much.

The collaborative portion of the process ends once the glass forms are cooled. I then have to do extensive cutting and grinding of the glass to further refine the forms. Finally, I have to resolve how to make the glass wearable as a brooch or necklace. Both goldsmithing and glass working are demanding. I find combining the two into one cohesive design to be my ultimate challenge.

Donald Friedlich

Jewelry in Glass and Gold

Photos by James Beards

1. Magnification Series Brooch
1. Magnification Series Brooch
3. Magnification Series Brooch
3. Magnification Series Brooch
4. Magnification Series Brooch
4. Magnification Series Brooch
2. Magnification Series Brooch
2. Magnification Series Brooch
5. Magnification Series Necklace
5. Magnification Series Necklace
6. Magnification Series Brooches
6. Magnification Series Brooches
7. Magnification Series Brooches
7. Magnification Series Brooches
8. Magnification Series Brooch
8. Magnification Series Brooch
9. Magnification Series Necklace
9. Magnification Series Necklace
10. Aqua Series Brooch
10. Aqua Series Brooch
11. Aqua Series Brooch
11. Aqua Series Brooch
12. Aqua Series Brooch
12. Aqua Series Brooch
13. Aqua Series Brooch
13. Aqua Series Brooch
14. Aqua Series Brooch
14. Aqua Series Brooch
15. Aqua Series Brooch
15. Aqua Series Brooch

16. Textile Series Brooch
16. Textile Series Brooch
17. Textile Series Brooch
17. Textile Series Brooch
18. Aqua Series Brooch
18. Aqua Series Brooch
19. Magnification Series Brooch
19. Magnification Series Brooch
20. Magnification Series Brooch
20. Magnification Series Brooch
21. Magnification Series Brooch
21. Magnification Series Brooch
22. Magnification Series Brooch
22. Magnification Series Brooch
23. Magnification Series Brooch
23. Magnification Series Brooch
24. Translucence Series Brooch
24. Translucence Series Brooch
25. Aqua Series Brooch
25. Aqua Series Brooch
26. Aqua Series Brooch
26. Aqua Series Brooch
28. Translucence Series Brooch
28. Translucence Series Brooch
27. Translucence Series Brooch
27. Translucence Series Brooch
29. Translucence Series Brooch
29. Translucence Series Brooch
30. Magnification Series Brooch
30. Magnification Series Brooch
31. Aqua Series Brooch
31. Aqua Series Brooch
32. Magnification Series Brooch
32. Magnification Series Brooch
33. Magnification Series Necklace
33. Magnification Series Necklace
34. Magnification Series Brooch
34. Magnification Series Brooch
35. Magnification Series Brooches
35. Magnification Series Brooches
36. Magnification Series Brooch
36. Magnification Series Brooch

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