Translucence Series Brooch

  • Donald Friedlich, Translucence Series Brooch, 2001, glass and 14k and 18k gold, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2001, Donald Friedlich, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, Lichtenberg Family Foundation, and Smithsonian Women's Committee, 2002.9

Luce Center Label

In his Translucence Series, Donald Friedlich carved ordinary clear glass as if it were a gem. Because the glass is transparent, the color and texture of the wearer’s clothing become a part of the piece. The brooch also reflects and bends rays of light, causing its appearance to change with the slightest movement.

Luce Object Quote

“Jewelry is one of the few art mediums where the object is in motion. These brooches change as the wearer moves . . .” Donald Friedlich, 1998

Title
Translucence Series Brooch
Artist
Date
2001
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 3/8 in. (6.0 x 5.9 x 1.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, Lichtenberg Family Foundation, and Smithsonian Women's Committee

Mediums Description
glass and 14k and 18k gold
Classifications
Object Number
2002.9
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More from artist

1991
carved, fabricated, and riveted 14k gold, sterling silver, and Brazilian slate

More Artworks from the Collection

1997
bone-handled fork, pocket watch case, mason jar holder, nails, glass marble, opals, engraving, paper, text, etched and oxidized copper, bead, leather, brass and soil
2004-2005
found watch hands, oxidized sterling silver, and steel
2008
33% glass-filled polyamide