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Micro's work is a tip of the hat to the side-scrolling video games of the 1980s. His pipes are frequently decorated with miniature layered scenes and bright line work.
He’s been at work for over 12 years and is mostly self-taught. In the past few years, demand for his work has exploded. His pipes have been featured in top-end gallery shows in Japan, New York, and Los Angeles.
Micro spends a good deal of time teaching others his techniques in workshops and seminars, including a new online learning system for glassblowers. Despite a preference for hiding out and working in his Milwaukee studio, he’s competed in several team and solo glassblowing competitions worldwide.
Check out some of Micro's work:
AdamG & Micro Collab: This epic piece was made in Denver last fall. Adam Grafuis handled the lathe work and assembly, Shackman made the backgrounds, and Micro placed murrine into the backgrounds and shaped the final “underwater” scenes.
Coyle Collab: This was a quick collaboration with Micro’s buddy Coyle. They spent a few days making little "munnys" that Coyle is known for. Both pieces are fully functional with welded-in downstems and matching domes.
Karl Collab: A really bright and contrasting tube made by Micro and Karl73. It features lovely percs inside and comes with matching accessories.
Millie Jar: Although obscured by layers of millies, this is actually a jar with a hidden cork. The piece comprises years of prep work that was saved and put into one piece, effectively making it a tiny catalog of Micro’s work from the past 10 years.
Millie Jar (closeup): Here, one can see exactly how many images go into each piece. Each of these images needed to be created, cut, polished, and placed – one by one.
Slide: Micro enjoys creating simple slides. He revels in the purity of a pleasing color pattern and detailed millies melted into the surface.
Watson Bub: This piece is called a "Watson" because it seems to be a natural counterpart to a Sherlock pipe.