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 Glass artist Michael James Hunter's passion for glass started as a 9 year old with an antique filigree marble he found in the school playground. In 1974 he began work as a trainee glass blower at Wedgewood Glass, where his creative journey started.

After experimenting with a single piece of millefiori glass and reading about 16th Century Venetian glass, he soon became spellbound by the intricacies of filigree cane work. Michael, who is based at Selkirk in the Scottish Borders says "That was the moment I had found my direction".

He and his wife Sue set up Twists Glass Studio in 1998. He works in 24% lead crystal, with a recycle, reuse and remake policy. 

Over the years he has won many awards and was recently awarded the British Craft Fair Trade award for excellence.  He has exhibited internationally and his is work is in many private and public collections across the world. 

Michael who describes himself as a self-taught, master of cane work techniques, produces mainly one-off pieces of museum quality.

Most of the pieces featured here are now sold, but if you're interested in finding out more about his work, or maybe commissioning a piece, please get in touch via email at

Below is a selection of his work. See more on his website via the link below.

He will also be exhibiting two of his Graal Hunter pieces at Lady Waterford Hall at Ford in Northumberland as part of the Louisa Waterford Prize, during the Ford and Etal Art Trail on April 30 till May 2. 

More of his work will also be shown at Art in the Castle, at Ayton Castle on June 25 and 26.