On Display: Michael James Hunter, Twists Glass Studio

On Display: Michael James Hunter, Twists Glass Studio

Michael James Hunter earned his title of Master Glass Maker from a traditional style apprenticeship served at Wedgwood Glass, which makes him unique in the UK to have successfully made the cross over into contemporary studio glass.

“What is exciting about glass is I never stop learning, the more techniques I master the more creative and challenging designing becomes it just continues to intensify the passion I have for this medium.”

Michael founded his own studio in1998 with his wife Sue. He made national headlines when he collaborated with Asprey and designed and made candleholders in elegant filigree twists for the New York store in the first months of founding Twists Glass Studio.

He was honoured with the title Scottish Artisan of the year in 2002 by Balvenie, since which time he has been awarded three other design awards for best collectible and best design to be sold in a museum or a gallery in the UK.

Michael James Hunter has exhibited his work extensively in the UK including solo and group exhibitions which include the Guild Hall London and the V&A after twice being in the distinguished final three of the British Glass Technology Award.

Michaels work incorporates complex cane work much of which has been self-taught by investigation since 1981 when Mike first started to learn the complexities of the English 18th Century drinking glasses. Mike continues to investigate and explore the relationship he shares with glass, Mike often tells collectors, “It takes about three lifetimes to master glass as the more you know the less you know.”

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