Michael James Hunter
Title: Detail of Willow Encalmo Bowl
Description: Handblown Glass with Cane Work
Artist: Michael James Hunter
Profile: Since 1981 I have been investigating cane working techniques, an enquiry into process that has been a worthwhile and necessary journey of what some might call “trial and error”. The experience and knowledge gained during this learning curve was essential for my personal development as an artist working within the disciplines of cane making. Now some 30 years later and working from my own studio I have developed my own unique style of abstract art combining Venetian and French cane working techniques within my preferred canvas of self-expression a blown vessel or blown sculpture. It is my belief that the true artistry behind any creation is the participation and understanding of the journey through transformation as each piece undergoes its own unique choreography, which is often sadly missed by the collector who possesses only the conclusion. Cane making requires organisation and discipline that few have truly mastered, most cane work artists have studied with a Murano maestro, I am possibly unique having been self- taught, which I believe allows greater freedom to think outside the box, obviously the past juxtaposes with the present and to move forwards into contemporary sometimes it is necessary to look backwards.