Medicine and Art

The Jewelry of Doug Bucci

Doug Bucci is fascinated with biological systems and the ways diseases run through the body. He lives with diabetes, a life-threatening disease and creates jewelry around this very personal theme; for instance his 'Islet' series looks at the islets of Langerhans which are a cluster of cells within the pancreas that are essential for regulating glucose levels.

Bucci fabricates his hyper realistic pieces through digital processes. The creative freedom that computer aided technology allows is infinite, and Bucci utilizes this to create intricately patterned 3D printed pieces based on medical data.

Currently, Bucci is the Assistant Professor and Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM Program Head at Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia. One can find his pieces in the permanent collections of The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Deutsche Goldschmiedehaus in Hanau, Germany.