Hi, my name is Heather Hertziger and I’m a professional pyromaniac 🙂 We won’t be telling that to my neighbor, Mr. Fire Marshal. He knows I play with fire but he doesn’t know about the maniac part yet and I don’t really think he needs to 🙂
I play with polymer clay, art clay silver, and of course glass. I started out as a jewelry designer. I have a bad nickel allergy so can’t wear the costume jewelry sold at the stores so had to make my own. I started to really like it and started selling. As I sold more I started investing in lampwork beads made by other artists because I thought there was no way I could ever afford to make my own beads. Then I discovered polymer clay and could make pretty beads for myself and so I did that for a couple of years.
Then one year at Bead and Button I found a vendor selling the hot head torch, a few rods of glass, and some basic tools for $99 dollars. Knowing nothing about safety or annealing I took my prize home. I started playing with the glass and researching my new love and through lots of trial and error (and NO classes) I learned how to make glass beads. My husband (wonderful man) bought me a kiln and controller and I started selling my beads. I have since graduated to a bobcat torch and while I still play with polymer clay and have added art clay silver to my collection of skills, glass will always be my first love.
I live with my husband of 11 years, my 8 year old German shepherd Summer, 2 bearded dragons, a rosy boa, and a leopard gecko. Pictures of them will appear in later posts as they are the inspiration for a lot of my work.
My husband is a wonderfully supportive man, as I said before, he bought me my kiln a little over a month after I got my hot head. Then later he bought me my bobcat and my oxycon. He said he bought me a bigger torch so I would quit eyeing the oxy/acetylene torch he uses to remove parts from his hobby car but he and I both know he did it because he loves me 🙂 (pause for a collective awwww here)
I have never had a real formal class in either jewelry design, polymer clay, art clay, or lampwork. That’s why I have the name Square One Beads, everytime I screwed up I had to start again at square one. Not having a real class means that every time I sit at the torch its another lesson. Right now a lot of my work features flowers because two big techniques I need to work on are dot placement and stringer control. I hope as time goes on I will improve in both of these skills.
I currently sell my work on Ebay, JustBeads and my site www.squareonebeads.com. I hope you will check out my work and tell me what you think.