Shane Fero was born in Chicago, IL in 1953 and has been a flameworker for 39 years and maintains a studio next to Penland School in North Carolina. He participates in international symposia and conferences by lecturing, and demonstrating. Fero is also an educator and has taught at institutions such at Penland School, Urban Glass, the Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, the University of Michigan, Eugene Glass School, Espace Verre, Montreal, Quebec, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck Glass School, Bild-Werk, Frauenau, Germany, the International Glass Festival in Stourbridge, UK, Murano, Italy, Franklin, Tasmania, and in Seto, Osaka, and the Niijima Glass Art Center in Japan.
His work can be found in collections both private and public institutions worldwide. He has had over 20 solo exhibitions since 1992 and has participated in over 400 group exhibitions during his career. He has been honored with two retrospectives, a 30 year at the Berkowitz Gallery at the University of Michigan and another that took place at The Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama in the summer of 2008. His work can be found in over 20 museum collections worldwide including the Museum of Art & Design, NY, GlasMuseum, Denmark, the Asheville Art Museum, NC, the Huntsville Museum of Art, AL, the Museum fur Glaskunst, Lauscha, Germany, and the Nijiima Contemporary Glass Museum in Japan.