Shane Fero was born in Chicago, IL in 1953 and has been a flameworker for 45 years and maintains a studio next to Penland School in North Carolina. He participates in international symposia and conferences by lecturing and demonstrating. Fero is also an educator and has taught at institutions such at Penland School, Urban Glass, the Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, the University of Michigan, Eugene Glass School, Espace Verre, Montreal, Quebec, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck Glass School, Bild-Werk, Frauenau, Germany, the International Glass Festival in Stourbridge, UK, Scuola Bubacco, Murano, Italy, Chameleon Studio, Tasmania, Taiwan, Australia and in Seto, Osaka, and the Niijima Glass Art Center in Japan.
During my 45 year career I have been fascinated with and have rendered bird imagery into my work in various forms. This focus has sharpened in the last 12 years with the blown bird series, which is based on techniques of German flameworking. I learned these techniques when I was a young apprentice, although I brought them into a contemporary context in relation to my work. I have always combined bird and human elements in my sculptures, vessel forms, and mixed media pieces. The present bird series was began after 9/11 to counter the mood and malaise of that time period. Birds have that special metaphysical and spiritual quality, which is reflected in their colors, gestures, song and flight. Plus, I love to invoke humor and character into these pieces, especially in the titles. Recently, I have added bird prints in the medium of vitreography printed at Harvey Littleton studios and paintings in acrylic on canvas to the mix.