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Donald Friedlich

Translucence Series Portfolio

I’ve used a wide array of techniques in this new jewelry. Many are cut from blown glass forms and harken back to some of my earlier work involving translucence. Some are inlayed with diamonds. Over the years themes and processes have often faded and then reappeared later in some new series.

The work on this page and the pervious 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 glass jewelry. 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.