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My Aqua Series jewelry is inspired by rippling wave patterns in water as well as the raked patterns of sand in the Zen gardens of Japan. The colorless frosted brooches utilize the translucency of glass to shift in color with the fabric of the clothing on which they are worn. In some brooches, I also make use of negative space within the composition so the fabric shows through the open window and becomes a focal point of the design. The term I’ve coined about this work is “site adaptive jewelry.”

My earlier Magnification Series jewelry makes use of the optical qualities of glass to heavily magnify the weave of the fabric on which they were worn, so the weave became the image in the jewelry. Subsequently, I made similar forms with a frosted surface. While these works no longer magnify, the translucent surface combines with the spherical optics of the form so that the pieces glow and almost appear to be internally lit.

Donald Friedlich served a term as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. His work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, 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 Mint Museum of Craft and Design, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Newark Museum.

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.