Sometimes a gem just falls into your lap (or onto your laptop). We’ve fallen in love with Kerri Fuhr’s gorgeous designs and have to share.
Kerri Fuhr is an independent glass artist from the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. Growing up in the mountains of central British Columbia with an artistic family, she explored her creativity through drawing at a young age, but didn’t find her true artistic calling until she discovered glass in Autumn 2000.
Kerri stumbled upon the art of glass beads through a friend. Not one to hang about, she took an afternoon class and immediately purchased her own torch, glass and tools and set up shop in her garage. The rest, as they say, is history and she now has a thriving glass bead business that has taken her across the continent to bead shows and to teach at various glass studios throughout the US and Canada.
A rare bead
Those early years growing up on a mountain in Vernon, BC, influenced the style of beads that Kerri creates today. Her home was nestled in the woods atop Silver Star Mountain, where deer, coyotes, eagles and assorted wildlife were often right out her doorstep! Now, years later, those furry neighbours she grew to love are the subjects she most enjoys depicting in glass. Her family also raised horses so many of her beads feature various horse breeds as well. I love the two examples featured here. Kerri has really captured the nature of the animal with the wild tangled manes. As well as being beautifully made, her artworks are extremely atmospheric. They have an antique quality to them which, I think, partly comes from the fact that intricasy in design is a rare feature these days!
The science bit
Each bead is handmade using an oxygen and propane fueled torch and glass imported from Italy as well as speciality glass created locally. Kerri often adds other elements to her beads such as pure silver, enamel powders. Every bead is properly annealed in a digitally controlled kiln straight from the torch for lasting durability. The painstaking process results in exquisite and unique miniature works of art.
Hard to resist
Kerri now enjoys teaching her craft as much as she enjoys creating beads in her studio. She is currently working on a new pdf tutorial series on the techniques she uses to create several of her beads and has a selection of tutorials available on her website andetsy store as well. A word of warning though, before you visit www.kerrifuhr.com - make sure you have a spare hour or two!