Anthony Stern

Anthony is a film-maker and glass-blower. He has made glass his first language. He can express an endless variety of ideas and thoughts from the functional and prosaic to lyrical, healing and mystical.

Set against this he is fascinated by the rituals of repetition. The physical focus achieved by glass blowing in a limited production team is his personal yoga.

Anthony’s studio produces everything from unique wineglasses to production ranges, lighting and chandeliers. The most personal signature pieces are my Seascape Bowls which are abstract paintings in glass. He would like to be remembered as a glass artist for these pieces; they appear in public and private collections worldwide.

Anthony was born in Cambridge in 1944 and first started making films while at the University, working as assistant to the avant-garde documentary film maker Peter Whitehead.

Anthony went on to develop the concept of the impressionistic documentary with the making of the British Film Institute financed film “San Francisco”, which went on to win awards at the Oberhausen International Kurzfilmtage and Melbourne International Film Festival (1969).

In the early 1970’s Anthony discovered glass and glass making and completed an MA at the Royal College of Art in Glass. He has since become one of the world’s premier artists in glass. “Glass,” he says, “fulfils his fascination with materials through which light passes.”

Anthony has also made the seminal experimental films “Serendipity” and “Ain’t Misbehavin'”, exploring the use of 16mm single frame cinematography in the late 1960’s.

“He uses a flash-and-freeze method, interrupting the movement, composing in a multiplicity of frozen image; the work is reminiscent of the American… underground school… The cinema, he says, is completely satisfying. It embraces music, theatre, painting, all the arts.” (Dilys Powell, Sunday Times)

“San Francisco, as might be expected, divided the audience. Most probably detested it; but for local experimental film makers and others it was the best film in the Festival.” (David Stratton, Director, Sydney Film Festival)

Anthony returned to film making after 20 years with the completion of “The Noon Gun”, a film-poem shot on a journey through Afghanistan, featuring a soundtrack by world fusion musicians Equa.


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