Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1933, Herbert “Herb” Friedson studied enameling at the Cleveland Institute of Art with Kenneth F. Bates, the preeminent leader of the American enameling field, from 1955 to 1958. After receiving his B.F.A. in 1958, Friedson moved to New York where he worked as a textile design consultant from 1960 to 1964. In 1965 he moved to Lawrence, Kansas to pursue his M.F.A. at the University of Kansas and was awarded his degree in 1967. Upon graduation, he was invited to teach jewelry, metals, and freshman design at KU. He continued there until 1974 when he decided to leave teaching and focus on his artwork. Friedson’s enamels have been featured in many important regional and national exhibitions including the Cleveland Museum of Art’s ‘May Show,’ the Everson’s ‘Ceramic National,’ and the Wichita Art Association’s annual ‘Decorative Arts and Ceramics Exhibition.’ Friedson lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas.