Michael James Hunter
About Michael James Hunter
Michael James Hunter. Twists Studio Glass. I am a professionally trained glass worker, I learnt the foundations of glassmaking at the Wedgwood Glass factory in King's Lynn, Norfolk, starting as a trainee back in 1974. After earning the title Master, I moved over to studio work before founding Twists Studio Glass in 1998 with my wife Sue. Twists Studio Glass is an environmentally conscious studio dedicated to keeping glass making skills alive. I have always had a deep love of filigree cane working. Many 30 minute breaks at Wedgwood glass were spent trying to figure out how to make it. The only instruction I was given by one of the masters was "You need to make cane". So I started out on my self-education on learning, possibly the most difficult of all the glass forming techniques. This consisted of a series of one step forwards, two step back scenarios as I was trying to figure out the most basics...Pulling a straight cane! I have given many presentations and demonstrations here in the UK, and abroad, having perfected those cane working techniques, making to museum quality. I have also had many articles published here in the UK but mostly in the USA.
Michael specialises in all glass cane making techniques: vetro a fili, vetro a retortoili, merletto, tesserae, reticello, latticinio, murrine, including picture cane murrine. Also specialises in the incalmo technique, these are usually mixed together to form abstract patterns within unique mouth blown and sculpted glass designs.
Open to the Public?
Yes, by appointment only
Provides Course / Training
Available for Craft Fairs
Available - please ask about pricing
Picture Cane Murrine
One of our specialities is making Picture cane murrine. Using thousands of coloured glass threads as thick as hair, the picture is slowly built up over many weeks. After fusing, small discs called “coins” are cut revealing the picture within.