Peoples conception of an artist usually revolves around some form of training be it formal or other, for my self training means restriction , to be categorised, filed and placed in a box, when standing out side of these restrictions the view becomes far greater therefore I as an artist form my own individual limitations and boundaries. A greater part of the skill behind the creator is understanding the journey that a particular piece underwent , not just in design but also the trial and error before conclusion .
The concept of my work significantly promotes discussion by exploring cane working in glass, and how the past juxtaposes not only with the present but also with the future, concluding in individual and contemporary blown vessels of elaborate adornment .Because cane working involves discipline the challenge is to make each piece with meticulous precision and execute control in every movement so that the final result of the finished piece leaves no doubt in the mind of the enquirer that no random unintentional movements have been made during its making period, allowing the artistry of cane work a greater aesthetic impact at its presentation. Self taught in the most difficult of disciplines this enquiry into process has been necessary and worthwhile journey that some would call “ trial and error” but the experience and knowledge gained during this learning curve is in my view essential and necessary to be an artist in glass.
Michael James Hunter,
Contemporary Studio Glass Artist