Michael Gray, glass artist
Artists Statement – Biography
Michael Kevin Gray has displayed a passion and interest for art since a young age. Michael has lived in an environment where art is central, as he became attracted to glass by watching his father work with the material. Since this young age he has worked in his father’s glass studio and has succeeded in developing his sculpting and blowing skills. Michael’s interest in the form of glass has led him to pursue post-secondary education at Sheridan’s Craft and Design program. During his education he has become truly inspired by the material and states that he has just begun to understand what being an artist is really about. After his father Kevin Robert Gray passed away in 2012 Michael has continued his legacy by taking over Gray Art Glass. As the owner and operator of Gray Art Glass Michael is continues to bring the studio to a new level of craftsmanship, creativity and excellence, with new exciting work being created daily.
“By working in my father’s studio at a young age I became familiar with glass: the way it moves, the way it can make you feel like there is nothing else in the world while it’s in your hands. Working with glass is a thrill, not only is it physically demanding but it is also extremely mentally demanding. I can remember going to the studio after primary school and making glass snakes with my father and brother – I would spend hours playing with the material and learning its properties. My work is about my personal experiences and dreams. I try and create things purely from my perspective; I want the glass to have as much feeling as possible.”
– Michael Kevin Gray