Gayle Friedman grew up in Birmingham, Alabama where she dug up clay from the dead-end so she could play with it on the patio at home. She went to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and studied Anthropology and Spanish. During college one summer, she did an archaeological dig on an island in the Tennessee River and since then is always looking for the hidden. She lives and works in Washington, DC, where for the past decade she’s been a jeweler, teacher, and the founder of Studio 4903, a group art studio space. Friedman received a DC Commission on Arts and Humanities Fellowship Award in 2017 and 2018. Friedman is an artist in residence at Red Dirt Studio in Mt. Rainier MD.