Stern is currently an artist in residence at the Corning Museum of Glass. Charlie Stern's work involves research into new technologies and their application to artistic practice.
His work has referenced the decline of glass manufacture in western nations and used digital technology to problematize the role of hand craft in the post-industrial era. In 2011, Stern exhibited at the Glass Factory in Smaland, Sweden. His work, entitled World of No Craft, involved making a selection of historical glass, which were the basis for digital animations showing objects morphing from one shape to another.
In 2012, Stern initiated a research project for the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm called Print Up! Here, the opportunities that 3D printing offers to artists were examined through a comparison between patented and open source systems.
Stern's residency at Corning responded to the Museum's archive and its scholarship in glass working processes.This body of knowledge was placed in dialogue with a new method for small scale production, the aim of which was to create objects that express an equality between digital fabrication and pre-industrial methods.