Excited to share with you that Jeri Warhaftig, glass artist of both hot & cold glass mastery is coming to my studio for a class on Boro Glass Chains.
Please note all students must be vaccinated & prepared to show their vaccination card.
Jeri Warhaftig is a life-long NJ resident and glass artist, author and teacher. She is the past-president of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. Through collaborative work with designer Ronnie Lambrou, Jeri’s beads have been featured in complex necklaces that have been included in publications and gallery exhibitions across the country and she has twice been included in the NJ Arts Annual juried exhibition. Two of her pieces are included in the ISGB Presidents Collection at the Corning Museum of Glass.
Jeri is the author of Glass Bead Workshop and Creating Glass Beads, both published by Lark. Jeri and her husband, Neil Fabricant, were the originators of the Puffy Mandrel, the unique mandrel used for making hollow beads. She is considered an expert in cold working glass and intricate sandblasted designs.
Jeri’s sphere of expertise includes her cast glass boxes, which also serve as a canvas for her coldworked imagery. She is also a prolific borosilicate chain artist making a wide array of chains in varying colors, sizes and styles. Her chain with a self-fabricated sterling silver clasp won first place in the juried jewelry category at the 2020 Pittsburgh Glass Center “Art on Fire” glass auction. She is known for her innovative link shapes, the precision of her forms and her recent use of dichroic finishes.
Jeri has instructed both virtually and in person. Webinars and upcoming classes at Corning Museum of Glass and Pittsburgh Glass Center will include instruction in cast glass boxes, beginning/intermediate beadmaking and borosilicate chain making.
FB: Jeri Warhaftig Glass Art
Innovative Borosilicate Glass Chain (2 day class)
This two day class and is designed to take a flameworker from ordinary to innovative in the making of glass chain. Both boro and soft glass workers of all levels will benefit from this intense exploration of glass chain and the ways in which basic chain is elevated to art and jewelry.
This class approaches glass chain making as a novel skill set and so is well adapted to both beginners and experienced flame workers willing to reconsider their approaches to the materials. Using rods and beginning with clear basic oval loops, the class learns how to form durable connections and symmetry. Over the two days students move on to novel shapes, and surface finishes that help them find their own voice and broaden their point of view beyond typical “heady” chain. This is all done primarily in clear glass. Discussions cover boro color and resources as well as different coldworking applications. Instruction also includes discussion of stress and annealing that are integral to the material’s use. Students will make chains (fragments or complete depending on mastery) and prototype links during the class with an opportunity to explore a variety of forming tools and treatments that can be used to great advantage with boro.