HeatherFerman

Art Glass and Silversmith Jewelry created in my studio

| Jacksonville, Florida

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Announcement    Store will be closed October 17-22. I will reopen October 23, 2021. If you wish to order October 16, I will be filling orders right away, before closing. Thanks so much. I am looking forward to visiting immediate family I have not seen since 2019 due to the pandemic.Welcome to my etsy store.

I will be selling primarily 3 categories of items in my store:
- My handmade lampwork beads and finished Jewelry made with my handmade lampwork beads
- My handmade silversmith projects made with my lampwork and stone cabs.
- Sterling silver findings for your unique jewelry designs

Hundreds of years ago artisans made glass beads by heating the
glass using oil lamps. This became known as lampwork or flamework
art glass. Today, art glass artists use a special blowtorch fueled by a
mixture of oxygen and propane to create lampwork beads in
temperatures above 2500F.

In my studio, I create all my glass beads by hand with a blowtorch. I
use a torch to melt both glass and silver. I start the beads by melting
the glass around a steel rod called a mandrel and decorate the bead
using thin threads of glass. I create the beads shaped by constantly
rotating the newly formed bead in the flame. I love the way glass
transforms from a solid cold form into a molten liquid state, easily manipulated
and cooled to solid again to create unique designs.

Finally, I put the bead in the kiln and fire it overnight at 960f, slowly
decreasing the temperature for added strength and durability.
On many pieces I use silversmith techniques to fabricate my
mountings and settings to hold my unique one-of-a-kind art glass
lampwork creations. I have also cabbed stones to go into my sterling
silver settings. I love working in both glass and sterling silver to
create small treasures that are wearable - perfect for gifts.

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 15, 2021

Store will be closed October 17-22. I will reopen October 23, 2021. If you wish to order October 16, I will be filling orders right away, before closing. Thanks so much. I am looking forward to visiting immediate family I have not seen since 2019 due to the pandemic.Welcome to my etsy store.

I will be selling primarily 3 categories of items in my store:
- My handmade lampwork beads and finished Jewelry made with my handmade lampwork beads
- My handmade silversmith projects made with my lampwork and stone cabs.
- Sterling silver findings for your unique jewelry designs

Hundreds of years ago artisans made glass beads by heating the
glass using oil lamps. This became known as lampwork or flamework
art glass. Today, art glass artists use a special blowtorch fueled by a
mixture of oxygen and propane to create lampwork beads in
temperatures above 2500F.

In my studio, I create all my glass beads by hand with a blowtorch. I
use a torch to melt both glass and silver. I start the beads by melting
the glass around a steel rod called a mandrel and decorate the bead
using thin threads of glass. I create the beads shaped by constantly
rotating the newly formed bead in the flame. I love the way glass
transforms from a solid cold form into a molten liquid state, easily manipulated
and cooled to solid again to create unique designs.

Finally, I put the bead in the kiln and fire it overnight at 960f, slowly
decreasing the temperature for added strength and durability.
On many pieces I use silversmith techniques to fabricate my
mountings and settings to hold my unique one-of-a-kind art glass
lampwork creations. I have also cabbed stones to go into my sterling
silver settings. I love working in both glass and sterling silver to
create small treasures that are wearable - perfect for gifts.

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About HeatherFerman

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On Etsy since 2008

I love working with torches.... Fire is my friend

If it can withstand temperatures in excess of 1500 degrees, then it’s the medium for ME. I only work hot. I am a glass artist and silversmith based in Jacksonville, Florida. I create one-of-a-kind Art Glass beads and pendants in my studio. I want my glass pieces to be very unique so I fabricate settings in Sterling Silver by silversmithing them to hold my art glass creations.

The first steps in my journey started as a child at Pinemere camp in Pennsylvania in the pottery room where I always dreamed of being an artist when I grew up. After majoring in accounting and minoring in art in college, I spent 25 years working in clay as a potter. In 2003, I attended an artist conference at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. I tried glass there and I was instantly hooked. I fell in love with glass as a medium and started taking as many classes as I could. I’ve been lucky enough to take classes at Corning with many prestigious teachers including Loren Stump, Suellen Fowler, Tim Drier, John Kobuki and Joy Munshower. In addition, I have also taken classes in Murano, Italy with Lucio Bubacco and Vittorio Costantini and in Florida with Robert Mickelsen.

I also wanted to explore silver and started taking classes in silversmithing at the Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society in 2008.

I presently teach glass blowing, bead making and silversmith techniques at the Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society.

My work is now on display at the Corning Glass Art Studio, and sells in the Corning Museum Gift shop. Locally in Jacksonville I also sell to the Cummer Art Museum gift shop.

I have been featured in numerous publications. I am also the only American glass artist to have been featured in Bead Review three consecutive years (Bead Review showcased the top 40 glass art beads in the world each year it was published).

My work as a professional artist has given me a unique opportunity to reach and speak with thousands of people at art festivals, from all walks of life, which is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work. But I’m high-risk for COVID so exhibiting at art festivals is no longer an option for me.

Presently my glass art is available at some galleries and via my Etsy store or by contacting me directly for special order one of a kind items.

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Last updated on October 3, 2021

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If you are not happy with an item you have purchased please contact me immediately. I want only happy customers. I accept exchanges within 7 business days of delivery. I do not refund shipping,etsy, or paypal fees.
Payment
All credit cards are great. I only ship within the USA.
Shipping
At this time, Heather Ferman ships merchandise only to locations within the continental United States using USPS. I do offer discounts on shipping for multiple items based on weight.

The risk of loss and title for all merchandise order passes to you when the merchandise is delivered to the shipping carrier unless insurance is purchased.

All US packages have tracking but no insurance. If you wish to purchase US insurance please contact me by email and I will adjust your invoice.