HeatherFerman

Handmade Lampwork Art Glass and Silversmith Jewelry

Jacksonville, Florida
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Announcement    Welcome to my shop!!! The jewelry you see pictured are the pieces you receive! I take the time to re-photograph each piece so what you see is what you get. I am a flamework glass artist and silversmith. I make each item on a blow torch in my Jacksonville FL studio!
In my studio, I create all my glass beads and pendants by hand using a blowtorch. I work in 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 also do off mandrel work mostly using borosilicate glass. Everything I create is shaped by constantly rotating the glass 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 or pendant in the kiln and fire it overnight at 960-1050 degrees 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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Last updated on Jul 22, 2022

Welcome to my shop!!! The jewelry you see pictured are the pieces you receive! I take the time to re-photograph each piece so what you see is what you get. I am a flamework glass artist and silversmith. I make each item on a blow torch in my Jacksonville FL studio!
In my studio, I create all my glass beads and pendants by hand using a blowtorch. I work in 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 also do off mandrel work mostly using borosilicate glass. Everything I create is shaped by constantly rotating the glass 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 or pendant in the kiln and fire it overnight at 960-1050 degrees 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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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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How should I clean my sterling silver jewelry I purchase from you?
The silver should be polished using a treated silver polishing cloth. There are many brands of silver polishing cloths and they work wonders on tarnish. I do not recommend dipping solutions. You will be repolishing every week once you start using them.