Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck work together at their studio, Vetro Vero, to preserve traditional techniques and express creative innovation through excellence in design and craftsmanship. Josie Gluck assists Michael Schunke in making his elegant glass goblets. Schunke’s handblown goblets are noted for their expressive silhouettes. Clearly influenced by traditional Venetian techniques, Schunke’s distinctive designs are decidedly updated, contemporary American goblets. Each glass marks a modern moment within the expansive history of blown glass stemware. The deftness and skill required to execute hand-crafted goblets of such exquisite refinement is a result of Schunke’s 25+ years of dedication to the practice of making.
Schunke and Gluck studied glassmaking with Pino Signoretto and Lino Tagliapietra. Schunke, a former Associate Professor of Toyama City Institute of Glass Art in Japan, has work in the collections of Toyama Museum of Glass and Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (Denmark). Gluck holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and will be a 2017 Craftsperson in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School. Together, their work has been featured in American Craft, Elle Decor, and they are often Visiting Artists at Corning Museum of Glass and Pilchuck Glass School.