StatementFor many years, my work has highlighted qualities unique to jewelry as a medium, particularly the fact that jewelry, when worn, is viewed in motion. My Lumina Series brooches and necklaces comment on this movement by appearing to shift dramatically in color when viewed at different angles.
The pieces also play with qualities inherent to both glass and polished gems such as the color changes of an alexandrite or chatoyance of a star sapphire. Even in modest ambient light, they sparkle and appear lit from within. Most of these designs are composed of two layers of glass. The back one reflects a color and the front one is simultaneously reflective and translucent. Many different colors result from the optical interface of the layers, but usually two colors dominate. This luminescence is due to thin coatings of vaporized quartz and metallic oxides bonded to the surface of the glass in a vacuum chamber, a process originally developed by the aerospace industry. Regrettably, these dynamic optical effects at the center of my current work are impossible to fully convey in a single still photograph (see the Lumina Series page of my website, DonaldFriedlich.com for videos). Accordingly, my images show two or four different views of the same design shot from different angles to demonstrate the way they transform with movement.
While these works are volumetric, I’ve fabricated them hollow, so they are light and easily wearable. The glass has been shaped in a kiln and then carefully ground and shaped with diamond abrasives. Finally, they’re assembled with the use of advanced UV cured adhesives.
While there is a great deal of technical design in my Lumina Series jewelry, this work also captures my artistic inspirations. They evoke sunlight reflected by the moon and, at times, diffused by fog or cloud cover and speak to the influence the color field paintings of Mark Rothko and the light sculptures of James Turrell and Dan Flavin have had on me.
Workshop 09 Jul 2023 - 16 Jul 2023 All That Jazz: New Warm and Cold Approaches to Dichroic Glass by Donald Friedlich.
Exhibition 23 Jun 2020 - 12 Jul 2020 Friedrich Becker Prize 2020 Exhibition.
Award giving 23 Jun 2020 - 23 Jun 2020 Friedrich Becker Prize 2020 Winner.
Exhibition 05 Jun 2020 - 10 Jul 2020 Site Effects: Jewelry on both sides of the Atlantic in Baltimore.
Exhibition 17 Jan 2020 - 29 Feb 2020 Site Effects: Jewelry on both sides of the Atlantic.
Exhibition 18 Oct 2019 - 28 Oct 2019 Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition 2019.
Exhibition 25 Jun 2019 - 16 Jul 2019 Arm Candy.
Workshop 24 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019 Coldworking for Jewelry and Sculptural Forms. A workshop by Donald Friedlich.
Exhibition 22 Feb 2019 - 22 Mar 2019 Glass Miniatures 2019.
Meeting 19 Oct 2018 - 06 Jan 2019 TRIPLE PARADE Biennale for Contemporary Jewellery. 4th Edition.
Exhibition 19 Oct 2018 - 06 Jan 2019 SNAG at Triple Parade in Shanghai 2018.
Exhibition 17 Nov 2017 - 28 May 2018 Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection..
Workshop 25 Jun 2017 - 07 Jul 2017 Industrial Resources for the Studio Artist by Donald Friedlich.
Exhibition 04 May 2016 - 19 Jun 2016 In Glass by Donald Friedlich.
Fair 24 Feb 2016 - 01 Mar 2016 Schmuck 2016.
Book: New Brooches: 400+ Contemporary Jewellery Designs. Estrada, Nicolas. Promopress: Barcelona, 2018
Schneider-Rappel GoldschmiedeSchwaz, Austria
May GañánMadrid, Spain
Ana Margarida CarvalhoLisbon, Portugal
Gitte BjørnFredensborg, Denmark
Nannan ZhangNanjing, China
Teresa FarisMadison, United States
Patricia IglesiasPunta Arenas, Chile
Lidia PuicaSatu Mare, Romania
Carolina ApoloniaMiddelburg, Netherlands
Janne PeltokangasVantaa, Finland
Helen Clara HemsleyCopenhagen, Denmark
Helfried KodréVienna, Austria
Harold O'ConnorSalida, United States
Margo NelissenVeenendaal, Netherlands
Ariel LavianJerusalem, Israel