Meet Michael Hertz
Michael and Gwen Hertz are an artistic family. Mike enjoys creating limited edition art glass lamp shades in a large variety of colors. He finds it interesting to see all the different shapes that are created when you heat up glass. They are all unique and quite different. He also creates other home decor items using fused glass. Mike enjoys faceting semi-precious gemstones and beveling glass for jewelry.
Mike and Gwen’s lives have completely changed since 2009. They 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.
Mike has taken beveled glass classes from Kent Lauer, internationally-known Master Cold Working Artist. Mike now creates beautiful beveled glass pendants. He is one of only 15 people in the country making beveled glass jewelry. In 2016 they began making home decor art glass items. Once again Mike found his niche making limited edition art glass lamp shades.
They studied the art of kiln-formed and cold-worked glass under: Cheryl Frech, Linda Richardson-Bach, Dennis Brady, Milon Townsend, and Liz Renee, PhD. They have also taken glass classes from Gil Reynolds, Susan McGarry and Laura Peirce.
Mike is a member of: Artisans on fifth in Mt. Dora, FL; Marion Cultural Alliance in Ocala FL; Mount Dora Center for the Arts in Mt. Dora, FL; Ocala Art Group (OAG) in Ocala, FL; Winter Garden Art Association in Winter Garden, 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 Matildas in Wildwood, FL