Jewelry / Metal Arts Visiting Artist Don Friedlich

Artist in Resident

Artist-in-resident Don Friedlich was the spring 2012 visiting artist at California College of the Arts in the Jewelry / Metal Arts and Glass Programs.

Innovative Approach

Although metal arts and glass are ancient arts, Friedlich applies new and innovative industrial technologies in his work. While at CCA Friedlich brought CNC-milled graphite molds into the Hot Shop where Glass 2 students helped him fill them with hot glass. He also brought in 3D-printed vitrious objects, which he fired enamel colors onto, and he CNC-milled a plaster blow mold using the CCA shops.

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About Don Friedlich

Friedlich, an artist who lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin, has recently had his jewelry in major international exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Toledo Museum of Art. His work is currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as part of their permanent collections.

Friedlich received his BFA in jewelry and metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design in 1982, and was honored three years later as the school’s outstanding recent graduate. His many awards include a National Endowment for the Arts New England Regional Fellowship and the 2001 Renwick Gallery Acquisition Award at the Smithsonian Craft Show.

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