Tom Ferrero is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, The University of Auckland, and Indiana University and holds a BFA, Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Art, as well as a MFA, respectively. He also has a provisional teaching certificate in fine art for grades K-12 in the state of Maine.
In 2003-2004 Ferrero was awarded a United States Fulbright Grant to New Zealand where he studied the artwork of the Maori and other Pacific Island people as well as doing research on New Zealand's landscape and natural environment.
In January 2009 Ferrero accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at NSCAD University in Halifax, Canada, where he continues to teach courses in Stone Settings & Mechanisms, Holloware, Beginner through Advanced Jewelry Fabrication, Jewelry Studio, and Steel Techniques for Jewelers.
Ferrero is the recipient of numerous awards, most notably being:
• 1st place winner for silver jewelry in the NICHE Awards.
• 1st place winner for metal sculpture in the NICHE Awards
• 1st place winner for hollowware in the International Saul Bell Design Award Competition
He has worked for such artists and companies as the Barbara Heinrich Studio and New England Sterling and has sold and exhibited work in many galleries through out North America as well as internationally in South Korea, New Zealand and South Africa. His artwork is featured in more than 13 books and is held in the private collection of the Kamm Teapot Foundation.
In the summers, Ferrero serves as the Department Head of Metalsmithing at Camp Laurel in Readfield, Maine. There he develops and manages the metalsmithing program and instructs classes in jewelry making to children and young adults.