Foundation Studies


Stefanie Pender

Stefanie Pender received her BS from Cornell University and a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her interdisciplinary background is conducive to experimental approaches in material and process and to the translation of scientific research into sculptural form. Operating within the plane where new technologies intersect with traditional systems of making, she is interested in the modulation between synthetic and natural processes. Stefanie’s current research inquiries are the manipulation of light in space, the emulation of geologic formations, and digital fabrication techniques using glass. She is the co-founder of the Glass Robotics Laboratory.

Stefanie is dedicated to the discipline of traditional techniques of craft processes and to understanding the embodiment of intangible culture. She is a recent recipient of a Fulbright Grant in Italy, where she apprenticed with master craftsmen to experience the passage of tacit glassmaking knowledge. Stefanie has exhibited and lectured internationally, most notably in New York, Providence, Seoul, and Venice.