Tom Ferrero is a jewellery artist and metalsmith whose work embraces complex forms, abundant detail and rich surfaces. His work is often inspired by the genres of science fiction and fantasy and is a physical manifestation of his desire to explore places science has not yet reached. He has exhibited work both in the United States and internationally and his artwork has been featured in a variety of books and publications.
Ferrero was born in Windsor, Connecticut. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewellery Design. In 2003 he was awarded an United States Fulbright Grant to New Zealand where he researched the rich patterns found in Maori and other Polynesian artwork and documented his exploration of the country in a series of sculptural rings. While in New Zealand he completed a Post Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology – a branch of the University of Auckland. Afterwards he graduated with his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Metalsmithing and Jewellery from Indiana University in Bloomington. Ferrero teaches a variety of courses in the Jewellery Department at NSCAD University during the fall and winter semesters and spends his summers in central Maine as the Department Head of Metalsmithing at a top ranking children’s summer camp.
As a recognized art educator – awarded a competitive Think Tank III grant for university art instructors – Tom Ferrero continues to entertain his love of teaching and further his knowledge in the field of art education. As an artist Ferrero passionately explores the visual world through his phantasmagorical metal objects and jewellery pieces. He hopes that his work captures the imagination of his audience and is as captivating to his viewer as it is for him, the maker.