Maia Stern
Oak Park, IL
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Maia Stern

Maia S.

Oak Park, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Glass is an amazing material that will inspire and challenge you. As an experienced teacher holding both a Bachelors of Fine Art and Masters of Fine Art specializing in glass I have the training and experience to teach you whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student. Working with me I will cater my lessons and project content to fit your interests, experience, and style. I love to work on contemporary non-traditional designs but I also have a special places in my heart for the traditional patterns. Additionally I specialize in 3D stained glass constructions. I specialize in Tiffany copper foil technique so that will be the emphasis of my standard course. Lead cane technique is also available. If you choose to come to my studio to take lessons I have a vast variety of materials and tools for your use. This will allow us to explore further techniques that require kiln firing. Rather have me come to your home? No problem, I can bring with me materials and necessary tools to make a full program available to you at home. All you’ll need to provide is a great attitude and a space to work that can handle a small mess (we will clean up). Looking for a remote lesson? I am happy to teach online. We can either set up a delivery via USPS to send a starter kit of materials and basic tools. As you become a lover of the media I can direct you to purchasing your own more advanced tools to complete your studio set up! I look forward to working with you!

About Maia S.

Hi! I’m Maia and I love using my hands to create beautiful things! I started to work with glass when I was only 12 years old. Glass is my number one passion it lead me to work in studios throughout high school and college teaching people of all ages and backgrounds to manipulate glass and bring their visions into reality. I received my BFA in Glass from Cleveland Institute of Art in 2015 and then received my MFA in Glass from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Currently I own a glass business as well as continue to make fine art sculpture which I show in galleries around the county.

Baking is my second passion. In any given week you’ll find me elbows deep in flour and diving into the oven at least 4 days a week. The process of perfecting a recipe, planning and executing my display, and then watching my family and friends light up as they see and taste the goods I’ve made fills me with unending joy and fulfillment.

My third passion is my garden. I have innumerable house plants and an extensive veggie and flower garden! The process of growing and nourishing these plants teaches me to pay attention to small details, to be patient, and inspires my art and baking practices! Who knew my passion for the outdoors and plants would end up informing my style in all parts of my life!

I value community and shared knowledge. I believe that working together as a community, making all accumulated knowledge available to everyone, and supporting each other will lead to a stronger, more capable, loving world. I want to share what I know with you, inspire you with what others have made, and help you develop your own voice and techniques!

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Experience

Glass instructor
Aug 2017 - Apr 2020

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Glass instructor at university for students

Education

MFA glass
Aug 2017 - May 2020

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

BFA glass
Aug 2013 - May 2015

Cleveland Institute of Art

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Art History Teaching Certificate
May 2020

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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