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Glass artist based in Tacoma, WA, USA

Austin Stern

Austin Stern has been blowing glass since the age of 14, as a high school student in Palo Alto, California. After earning a degree in glassblowing from Emporia State University in Kansas, Stern moved to Seattle to develop his own artistic practice in the vibrant glassblowing community of the Pacific Northwest. Stern exhibits his work nationally and internationally, and has been a resident artist and instructor in the United States, Thailand, and Sweden. 

“I am inspired by the bright and highly saturated colors found in the toys and cartoons of my childhood, and the patterns found in both nature and the world of fashion. My current work explores interpersonal relationships, and mental health. The ways in which we support each other, take care of ourselves, and how we cope with various anxieties and fears are all concepts my work explores through a cheerful lens of brightly colored playful creatures.”

The ‘Little Monsters’ series is a body of work where cartoon like creatures interact with physical manifestations of their own anxieties. These worries which assail the monsters, gleefully weighing down their minds and bodies, are simultaneously sinister and comical representations of our daily setbacks and stumbling blocks. By approaching this subject matter from a playful and saccharine perspective, the viewer is invited to find the humor in the small battles we fight daily to find positivity, peace, and happiness.

Austin Stern Blowing Glass

Latest Exhibitions

Gallery Representation


New Glass Now at
Renwick Smithsonian

Washington, D.C. 


New Glass Now

Corning, NY

May 12-January 5th 2020 

Young Collectors Contemporary
4th Annual Exhibition

Memphis, TN 

March 21st-April 7th 2019

Thailand Glass Art Festival

Bangkok, Thailand

November-December 2018

Galleri Christoffer Egelund

Bredgade 75

DK-1260 Copenhagen K
+45 339 392 00

Vetri Gallery

1404 1st Ave 

Seattle WA 98101


Corning Museum of Glass

1 Museum Way

Corning NY 14830



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