Michael J. Schunke is a contemporary American glass artist and designer. His work is dedicated to the pursuit of form and the practice of making. With a strong sense of design focused on the relationship between line and volume, Schunke creates expressive silhouettes and containers of personal meaning.
Since his early introduction to glassmaking, Schunke has dedicated his life to the pursuit of form and the practice of making. His early influence of drawing and mark-making is visible in his approach to engraving and incorporating fine lines in his distinctive glasswork. A former professor at the Toyama Institute of Glass Art in Toyama, Japan, he continues to teach glassmaking around the world. Schunke has recently been recognized as a resident artist at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, and the Toledo Museum of Glass in Toledo, OH. His work, both functional and sculptural, is housed in museum collections world-wide. Schunke co-operates Vetro Vero glassblowing and design studio with partner Josie Gluck. They live in Chester County, PA.
As a teenager, I began to develop a studio practice rooted in glassmaking. I am dedicated to excellence in craftsmanship, and look to historical Venetian references as benchmarks of craft. While embracing traditional techniques, it is my intention to sustain my practice and intuition in the present. Through physical repetition and personal inquiry, I find the forms and patterns that possess quiet, traditional beauty simultaneously with my intuition and contemporary details, which I call "grit."