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. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.

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Abstract

This research was undertaken from the perspective of an artist working with
glass and lampworking techniques. Lampworking involves working with
prepared glass tubes and canes which are heated with the aid of a gas burner
and shaped with small pincers. This art-based project offers an example of an
artist attempt to integrate what might be termed ‘Chinese’ and ‘Western’
lampworking approaches.
Through the creation of artworks this project offers a model of artistic practice
using lampworking which forms a counterpoint to the more common kilnformed
approach currently prevalent in China. 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’ into their practice. This project details and contextualizes
examples of how lampworking might be used as a medium to this end.
‘Craft’ objects are used as a starting point to develop artworks that highlight
what I personally found to be diminishing aspects of Chinese culture; for
example the Chinese notion of ‘Change’. This project offers a new body of
lampworked artworks which have been exhibited in professional venues at a
national level 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 on which other artists might build. The recent history of Chinese
lampworking (1930-2013) is presented, building on interviews and literature
review of works not previously published in English. The emergence of
lampworking in China as a medium for studio glass practice is also charted.
For Western audiences, this research offers an example of how the
inspirations from Chinese culture and philosophy have been incorporated into
contemporary glass art. It also clarifies the current situation of contemporary
Chinese lampworking. 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.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Glass and Ceramics > Glass
Divisions: Collections > Theses
Depositing User: Barry Hall
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2014 09:36
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2017 16:04
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/5185

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