Don Friedlich received his BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design in 1982. He has served as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for Metalsmith magazine. Don has lectured at conferences and schools all over the U.S. and abroad. 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 and the Los Angeles County Museum among many others. Don will be giving both a lecture and workshop at this years symposium.
Don will speak about the development of his groundbreaking jewelry and the sources that have continued to inspire him. Attention will be brought to the sculptures of Isamu Noguchi and Andy Goldsworthy. Don will also address the simplicity of Japanese design and the vitality of the Southwest American landscape.
Don’s workshop will explore the use of industrial processes and the creative ways that artists can utilize them. His demonstration will present resources used in industry and give examples of how savvy artists were able to take advantage of techniques including photo etching, water jet cutting and rapid prototyping to help create one of a kind or production objects. An informal discussion period will follow.