Ethan Stern has established himself as a major upcoming artist in contemporary glass sculpture. He studied ceramics at the TAFE Institute in Brisbane, Australia, later transitioning from ceramics to glass while enrolled at Alfred University in New York. He currently owns a studio in Seattle, WA.
Stern began examining the effects he could achieve through engraving in 1999 while at the Pilchuck Glass School. Carving the surface of the glass allowed him to “pull together elements of color, form, pattern and texture to create a unique voice within the material.” Stern works with glass in a way that reveals the artist’s highly individualistic touch. He explains, “The evidence of the hand, the subtleties of surface, and the creative process are vital to the creation of my work.”
In 2010, Stern received the “Best Emerging Artist” award from the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the United States and is featured in the collections of The Eboltoft Glass Museum in Denmark, The Museum of American Glass in New Jersey, and The Palm Springs Art Museum, in California. He has taught at the Pilchuck Glass School and Pratt Fine Arts Center in Washington, the Penland School of Craft, The Pittsburgh Glass Center, and The Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee.