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Ed Brickman

Ed Brickman was born May 7, 1925, in New York City and this is where his jewelry making career began at the age of sixteen. In 1952, Ed spent some time working for a professional jeweler.  He quickly realized that this didn’t satisfy his need to create new and person designs.  Ed then decided to start a business importing and distributes nuts, bolts, and screws. Over the years he built this business into a global operation. Although this satisfied his entrepreneurial drive, it did not satisfy his creative ability. Always in the background was his need to design and create jewelry. He continued to produce pieces and reinvent the art of forged metal jewelry. Now that he is semi-retired, he spends most of his time not only making new unique pieces but also sharing his knowledge by teaching the art of jewelry making. His work can be seen in the permanent collection of the Newark Museum, Newark, NJ and in the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, NY. In Penland’s new books on jewelry making, you will also find his creative and unique work. Ed’s jewelry career has now spanned over 65 years and he is not finished creating new designs as well as teaching artists how it is done. He has given workshops for the Florida Society of Goldsmiths and taught at The Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Ed presently is teaching for the highly respected Ringling College of Arts and Design.