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Biography: Rob Stern

Rob Stern
Rob Stern

Over his 28 year career in glass, Rob Stern has risen to the top of the field. From 1990-95 he trained at John Lewis Glass factory in Oakland, Calif., and has advanced degrees from San Francisco State University and the University of Miami. Stern has traveled, lived, and studied extensively in numerous countries, and has worked with the most accomplished glass artists and masters throughout the world. He trained to be a master in the Czech Republic where, in the glass factory Ajeto of Master Petr Novotny, he continues to design and execute monumental site-specific sculptures. Stern has participated in and led numerous workshops worldwide and travels annually to teach and serve as a gaffer at the most prominent institutions for glass – Pilchuck Glass School (Wash.), Penland School of Crafts (N.C.), Bildwerk, (Frauenau Germany), and The Glass Furnace (Turkey). He was a professor at the University of Miami Glass program from 1997-2004 and was most recently a visiting professor at the Glass Department University of Texas, Arlington for 2010.

Since 2004, Stern has operated his own studio in the Wynnwood Arts District of Miami where he and his team create and execute all aspects from design to production and installation. He is frequently hired to work as a master craftsman to execute the designs of some of world’s leading artists. Stern has completed numerous public and private architectural commissions internationally while continuing to create original works including sculpture, furniture, and custom lighting. His work has been installed, exhibited, and collected in Europe, Asia and the Americas.