Donald Friedlich lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin. His jewelry has been shown in museums all over the world and is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim, Germany, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and others. A leading figure in the field of contemporary jewelry, Friedlich served a term as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and earlier as Chair of Metalsmith magazine's editorial advisory committee.
Friedlich received his BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design in 1982. He has lectured at conferences and universities in Australia, China, Austria, Germany, Taiwan, and Dubai, as well as extensively throughout the United States and Canada. He has been an Artist in Residence at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Australian National University, Tainan National University of Art in Taiwan, and in 2012 at California College of the Arts for the entire spring semester.