Meet Gwen Hertz
"Jewelry that will get you compliments".
That's what Gwen Hertz is all about. She enjoys wire wrapping semi-precious gemstones and glass gemstones, setting faceted cubic zirconia, making earrings, and doing Viking Knit to make jewelry. Gwen feels that everyone needs to feel good about themselves and getting compliments about how you look can certainly help. Gwen also loves to make fused glass home decor items.
Gwen and her husband, Michael D. Hertz, have been creating jewelry since 2009 and formed “Classy Creations”. In 2011, they branched out to fused glass jewelry and kiln-formed glass. Gwen had a 30+ year career in the judicial system at the local, county and state government levels. She worked in the Colorado courts and for the Broward County Administrator’s Office (Ft. Lauderdale FL).
Gwen’s life has completely changed since 2009. The artistic couple relocated from Boynton Beach, FL to Summerfield, FL. About the time, Mike retired from a 30+ year career in the insurance safety industry, they took a fused glass class at Amazing Glaze in The Villages. They were “hooked” on fused glass immediately.
Gwen has studied the art of glass with Tanya Veit of AAE Glass in Cape Coral, FL. They also studied the art of kiln-formed and cold-worked glass under: Cheryl Frech, Linda Richardson-Bach, Dennis Brady, Milon Townsend, and Liz Renee, PhD. Gwen has also taken several wire sculpture classes from Dale Cougar Armstrong, Mary Ellen Lanigan and others. The have also taken glass classes from Gil Reynolds, Susan McGarry and Laura Peirce.
Michael and Gwen are members of: Artisans on fifth in Mt. Dora, FL; Marion Cultural Alliance in Ocala FL; Mount Dora Center for the Arts in Mt. Dora, FL; Winter Garden Art Associateion in Winter Garden, Ocala Art Group (OAG) in Ocala, FL; and ACT IV at the Ocala Civic Theater in Ocala, FL. Their artwork can be found at:
Artisans on fifth at 134 E 5th Ave., Mt. Dora FL 32757 (352) 406-1000 www.artisansonfifth.com
Ocala Civic Theater at 4337 E Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala FL 34470 (352) 236-2274 www.ocalacivictheater.com
Brick City Center for the Arts at 23 SW Broadway Ocala FL 34471 (352) 369-1500 www.mcaocala.com
Gilded Matilda's at 315 N Main St. Wildwood FL 34785 (352) 476-5531 Facebook: www.facebook.com/gildedmatilda/
- 1st Place: Gwen won in the coldworking category at the 2014 Glass Craft and Bead Expo in Las Vegas.
- Best in Show: Gwen won at the "It's All in the Details" show sponsored by the Ocala Art Group.
- Featured Artist at Artisans on fifth during March, 2018
The photos below show they type of jewelry Gwen makes, but these items may not necessarily be available for sale at Artisans on fifth.
Phone: (352) 789-5239
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