Cross-cultural lampworking for Glass Art. The integration, development and demonstration of Chinese and Western lampworking approaches, materials and techniques for creative use.
Peng, Yi (2014) Cross-cultural lampworking for Glass Art. The integration, development and demonstration of Chinese and Western lampworking approaches, materials and techniques for creative use. PhD thesis, University of Sunderland.
This research was undertaken from the perspective of an artist working with glass and the lampworking technique. Lampworking is work with prepared glass tubes and canes which are heated at the worktable with the aid of a gas burner and formed with small pincers. This art-based project offers an example of the researcher’s attempt to integrate what might be termed ‘Chinese’ and ‘Western’ lampworking approaches.
Through making artworks the project offers a model of artistic practice using lampworking, which forms a counterpoint to the more common kiln formed approach prevalent in China currently. In addition, the artworks that form part of this PhD submission are examples of a current interest amongst some Chinese artists in combining inspiration, commentary and experiences from ‘East’ and ‘West’ in their practice. Specifically this project details and contextualized examples of how lampworking might be used as a medium to this end.
The artworks produced take ‘craft’ objects as a starting point to develop artworks that highlight what the researcher feels to be diminishing aspects of Chinese culture. This project offers a new body of glass lamp worked artworks, which have been exhibited in professional national level venues, and that demonstrate an artist’s approach to combining aspects of Chinese and Western culture in glass art. The themes, inspiration and making process of the creative works are documented in a written thesis to form a model that other artists might build upon. The thesis also presents research into recent history of Chinese lampworking (c1957-2012) through interviews and literature reviews of works not published in English, and charts the emergence of lampworking in China as medium for studio glass practice.
For Western audiences, this research offers an example of how the inspirations of Chinese culture and philosophy have been integrated into contemporary glass art. For Chinese audiences, this research is an instance of western art influence in Chinese lampworking practice. The demonstration of the contemporary lampworking making process is useful for other Chinese lampworking artists.
Download the full thesis here
Glass Maker and Artist
I have worked at National Glass Centre since finishing my degree in 2005.
Head of Enterprise, Commissioning & the Studio
I am Head of Enterprise, Commissioning and the Studio at National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, England and am a member of the Senior Management Team.
My work uses a range of media which acknowledges the interface between both traditional practice and new media.
Learning and Engagement Officer
Rachel joined National Glass Centre in 2007 to support the Centre's learning and engagement programme having completed MA Glass the previous year.
Kalki Mansel is one of National Glass Centre's resident glass artists.
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