A Fragile Heritage
Cambridge - Wednesday 6th September 2017
Aspects of Historic Glass
article posted 4 Apr 2017
Jianyong Guo - brief biographical notes:
- 2013-2016 University of Sunderland, UK.
- 2004-2007 MFA. - The Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, China.
- 1997-2002 BFA. - Hubei Academy of Fine Arts, Wuhan, China.
- 2016 Society of Glass Technology Centenary Conference & 13th
Symposium of the European Society of Glass Science and Technology
- University of Sheffield, UK.
- 2014 The Glass Science in Art and Conservation 14 Conference - Durham University, UK.
A new model of painting glass
University of Sunderland
My PhD research (2016) has been an art-based practice-led project focused on Chinese
'inside painting' in glass art. It has attempted to create a 'new model' for Chinese traditional
inside painting through the creation of contemporary glass artworks. This research mainly
used studio-based art practices, inspired by traditional inside painting of Chinese snuff
bottles, traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, influenced by Taoism, together with
Western glass painting, printing and calligraphy in order to reduce some of the existing
limitations of traditional methods.
The methods of glass making for this research covered
blowing (Fig. 1 & 2), casting (Fig. 3 & 4), flame work, fusing, slumping,
incorporating 'outside' painting combined with 'inside' painting, and printing combined
with inside painting.
Traditional inside painting techniques have developed over more than 200 years into a
popular form of Chinese folk art, often based on glass snuff bottles with painted decoration
on the inside. The craftsmen who make these pieces usually pay more attention to inside
painting skills and overlook their own artistic expression. The designs used tend to be
repetitive and copies of existing designs from other media such as ink painting or
In this research, a body of inside painted glass works was produced to show
how the glass form and painted content were combined This work also helped to establish
possible ways to reduce the limitations of traditional inside painting of Chinese snuff bottles.
It is hoped that this research will promote the development of traditional inside painting
and lead to inside glass painting developing as a strand of the contemporary glass arts.