|Jascha Brojdo, aka Georges Briard|
In 1937 he moved to Chicago to live with his physician uncle and attend school. While he was there, war broke out in Europe, and he lost both parents. He stayed in Chicago, received his MFA from the Art Institute and then joined the U. S. Army as an interpreter. He served on General George S. Patton's staff and was discharged in 1947.
He then went to work with Max Wille, whom he had met in art school. Brojdo was a painter and wanted to use his own name for his art pieces, so he and Wille came up with a pseudonym for him to use on his commercial decorator pieces: Georges because it sounded French and Briard for a breed of dog Wille had owned.
Briard pieces were tremendously successful from the 1950s through the 1970s and were sold at stores such as Neiman Marcus and Bonwit Teller. His finest designs were first produced by the M. Wille Company and later in a partnership with Philip Stetson. His work is easy to identify, as much of it is done in 22K gold and is always signed.
In 2004 he was awarded the Frank S. Child Lifetime Achievement Award by The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators, in honor of his extraordinary contributions to the glass and ceramic decorating industry.
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