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 will include instruction in cast glass boxes, beginning/intermediate beadmaking and borosilicate chainmaking.