Maria Sparre-Petersen is an artist, designer, maker, teacher, and researcher of glass with a strong focus on ethics as well as aesthetics. She is interested in experimentation, innovation, and cognitive processes. Her work is inspired by materials and processes, sustainability, street art, installation artwork, making from discarded materials, tango, nature, communication, collaborative processes, translucency, ephemerality, and reflection. She aims to expand aesthetic spaces of opportunity, through hands on activities together with peers, students, friends and strangers.
Sparre-Petersen, born in Copenhagen, Denmark, was trained as a sailor at training vessel Georg Stage in 1986, studied Anthropology at University of Copenhagen in 1991-92, and graduated as a glass designer from the Danish Design School in 1997. She earned a MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2000 and a PhD in glass and sustainability from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design.