Artist

ARTIST STATEMENT

Pushing form beyond the expected anatomy of the vessel, I use glass to investigate the emotive potential of objects. Beginning each piece by creating a blown, geometric form composed of multiple layers of color and pattern, I create patterns and textures by cutting into the surface after the piece has cooled. While blown glass .....

ARTIST STATEMENT

Pushing form beyond the expected anatomy of the vessel, I use glass to investigate the emotive potential of objects. Beginning each piece by creating a blown, geometric form composed of multiple layers of color and pattern, I create patterns and textures by cutting into the surface after the piece has cooled. While blown glass typically reflects light and is shiny and dense in appearance, a richer, more luminous effect can be achieved from the simple shifts in hue, density and opacity, which are a result of the process of engraving. These engraved marks, like the stroke of a paintbrush on canvas, leave evidence of the artist’s hand and are intended to create an expressive sense of motion, rhythm, weight, and depth.

“At the most basic level, my work is an ongoing exploration of abstraction and the expressive qualities of form, color, texture and light. I use glass as a catalyst to help answer questions about how we see our environment, the objects we use everyday and the spaces we occupy. I am very aware of how my physical surroundings influence the qualities of each piece. I live in an urban area and work in an industrial part of Los Angeles. I cannot help but allow the hue of the day and the contrast between the engineered and natural landscapes permeate my sense of beauty. Translating this information into my recent work has led to imagery and form inspired by design, architecture and the visual deconstruction of my surroundings.

My formal investigation has largely been limited to shapes that are flattened and sculpted to have geometric edges and tight corners creating a strong silhouette. I have been drawn to this way of working not only as a means to explore pure form, clean lines and minimal composition, but to create a canvas for texture and pattern on the surface. While these forms have allowed for a significant amount of exploration, I have become interested in a more direct investigation of the role architecture plays in my artistic practice and the human interaction with physical surroundings.”

Glass is not a forgiving material. It demands an involved process and requires careful planning and manipulation. As the most direct way for Stern to leave his mark, engraving has become his voice within the medium. The process of carving is a reductive one; material cannot be added once it is removed. This action of continuously revealing layers demands a significant amount of consideration in each step and the choices made, allowing the process to play the ultimate role in defining the relationship between the surface and form of each piece.

EDUCATION
2001 BFA Alfred University, Alfred, NY. NYS School of Ceramics, Art and Design.

1997 AA TAFE, Brisbane, NSW, Australia – College of Ceramics.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

2015 Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY Engraving, Max Erlacher
2009 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA Mise en Place, John De Wit
2007 Haystack Mountain School Of Craft, Deer Isle, ME Advanced Italian Technique, Lino Tagliapietra 2006 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA Form beyond the Furnace, Lienors Torre

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL
Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, PA
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Corning Museum of Glass Corning, NY
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
Toyama Glass Art Museum, Toyama, Japan
Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ
Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Ebeltoft, DK
Palm Springs Contemporary Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA Air Emirates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Kenya Airways, Nairobi, Kenya
Norwegian Air, Oslo, Norway

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 – “Cut Clear” Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
“Inscribing Surfaces” Morean Art Center/Chihuly Collection, St. Petersburg, FL.

2015 – “Crosscut” Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2012 – “Surface, Light and Volume” Toyama Institute of Glass Art, Toyama, Japan

“Object Disposition” Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

“In Urbanism” LewAllen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2010 – “Zoom” William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA 2009 – “Marked” William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Surface Content” Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
2007 – “Texture Mapping” William Traver Gallery, Oct. Tacoma, WA 2006 – “In the surface” William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Making The Mark” Chappell Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2005 – “New Drawings” Vetri Gallery, Seattle, WA
2004 – “Introducing Ethan Stern” Chappell Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 – “Pattern, Cut, Repeat” Not So General, Los Angeles, CA
“Luminous: Dale Chihuly and the Studio Glass Movement” Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane, WA
“Lure of the Object: Art from the June & Rob Heller Collection” Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville,TN

2018 – “Glasstastic: BAM! Biennial” Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA “Glass is Biotiful” Biot Town Hall, Biot, FR

2017 – “FORM Miami” Miami FL – rep. Blue Rain Gallery
“SOFA” Chicago, IL – rep. Habatat Gallery
“Glass for the new Millennium, Masterworks” Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2016 – “Glass for the new Millennium –Masterworks from the Kaplan-Ostergaard collection” Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

2015 – “43rd International Glass Invitational-The Creative Process” Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI 2014 – “Schmidt, Stern and Wolf” Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH

“Accreted Terrane” Curated by David Francis. Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA

“New Work” Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2013 – “Wheaton Glass: The Art of the Fellowship” Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ

“Seattle Six” Dane Gallery, Nantucket, MA

“Glass Canvas” curated by Sarah Traver, The Schack Art Center, Everett, WA 2012 – “Duality” with Nancy Callan, Hawk Gallery, Columbus, OH

“50/50” Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
2011 – “Clear and Present: works in Glass by 12 Artists” Lew Allen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

“CGCA Alumni Exhibition” Wheaton Arts and Culture Center, Millville, NJ “Glass Quake” Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge MA
“10x10x10” Pittsburgh Glass Center Gallery, Pittsburgh PA

2010 – “Glass Uprising” Swanson Reed Gallery & Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY “Volition” Morgan Contemporary Glass, Pittsburgh, PA

2009 – “Rising Stars” Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Arts, Millville, NJ “Fragile Domains” LewAllen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
“Look Forward” & “Inspired By” Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA

2008 – “King Street Concentric,” curated by Benjamin Moore. Butters Gallery, Portland, OR “Now: Glass on the Cutting Edge” Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA

2007 – “Young glass” Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Ebeltoft, Denmark Awards

2014 “People’s Choice Award,” Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
2011 Bishop and Merritt Technical Assistance Grant, Haystack School, Deer Isle, ME
2010 “Best Emerging Artist Award,” Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
2009 The George and Dorothy Saxe Award, Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

Permanent Collection. “Oasis of the Seas” Royal Caribbean Cruises, Finland 2008 Finalist, Young Glass 2007 Exhibition, Eboltoft Glass Museum, Eboltoft, Denmark

PUBLICATIONS

2019 “Hit List – Glass Artists to watch” C Magazine (California Style and Culture) March 2019 2017 “Illuminations //Artist Spotlight” Western Art and Architecture, Vol. 11 No. 6 Dec. 2017

“Crystal Clarity” Artist profile Art and Antiques Pgs. 36-41 May 2017
2016 “Clear Cut” Joyce Lovelace, American Craft Pg. 54-61 February/March 2016
2014 “100 Northwest Artists” E. Ashley Rooney & Karla Matzke. Schiffer Publishing 2014 2012 “Ruling Glass” Brangien Davis Seattle Magazine, pg.112 May 2012

New Glass Review 33 pg. 47 Jurors Choice – The Corning Museum of Glass
2011 “Pilchuck at 40” Intro by Suzanne Beal. American Craft, Pg. 46 February/March 2011 2010 Best of America; Glass Artists Vol. II. Pg. 95,96. Kennedy Publishing, VA 2010
2009 Contemporary Glass, Forward by Andrew Page, Pg.46,47 London, BlackDog Publishing

New Glass Review 30 pg. 50 The Corning Museum of Glass
2008 New Glass Review 29 pg. 54 The Corning Museum of Glass
2007 New Glass Review 28 pg. 49 The Corning Museum of Glass
2006 500 Glass Objects, Forward by Maurine Littleton, NY, Pg.112,138,203 Lark Books 2006 2005 New Glass Review 26 pg. 54 The Corning Museum of Glass WA

RESIDENCIES & VISITING ARTIST

2020 California State University, Fullerton, Santa Ana, CA 2018 Fire Fest Guest Artist, Star Works, Star, NC
2017 Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

Artists @ Work, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA 2016 California State University, Fullerton, Santa Ana, CA

California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA

Palomar State College, San Marcos, CA 2015 Sheridan College, Toronto, Ontario, CN

Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA 2014 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 2013 University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Chronicle Glass Studio, Wanganui Glass Festival, Wanganui, NZ 2012 Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Toyama, JP

Centre College, Danville, KY

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo OH
2011 Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH,

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 2010 Ball State University, Muncie, IN

Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma WA
2008 Fellow, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, NJ 2007 Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB Canada

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI. Alfred University, Alfred, NY
University of Texas – Arlington, Arlington, TX Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal, IL

2003-’05 Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN

TEACHING EXPERIENCE – Glass Sculpture Focus

2022 Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA 2019 LA Glass Center, El Segundo, CA
2018 Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA 2015 California College of Art, Oakland CA

AYA Glass Studio, Kawasaki, Japan 2014 Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC

Chrysler Museum of Art, Glass Studio, Norfolk, VA 2013 Chronicle Glass Studio, Wanganui, New Zealand

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY 2012 Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2011 Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC

Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh PA
2010 The Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN 2009 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood,

WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA

Artist Website – www.ethanstern.com
Instagram @ethanmstern
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EthanSternDesign Youtube: https://youtu.be/ZZx2N-e6WRg
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/diamondlifestudio/ethansternglassartist

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