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Hong Kong Baptist University’s Glass Program

November 11 to 15 I visited Hong Kong Baptist University’s Glass Program headed by my friend Sunny Wang. Sunny invited me to lecture and demonstrate for two days and then gave me an excellent tour of the city. I love any port city but found Hong Kong particularly fascinating. The mixture of different cultures adds to an already rich and diverse visual atmosphere.

Sunny and her colleague Ms. Cho (HKBU’s painting instructor) were excellent hosts and it was a pleasure to be able to spend time with such talented artists. Sunny is from Taiwan where she worked for Tittot Museum’s glass studio, she then went on for a MFA Degree from Australia’s National University in Canberra where she studied with Stephen Procter. Sunny is currently working on a beautiful series of installations in glass and paper inspired by her research in Zen Buddhism and calligraphy. Sunny’s friend and colleague Y. J.Cho is a fantastic painter who after living in New York city for many years has only recently moved to Hong Kong to teach and make her work. I was fortunate to have met several other Hong Kong artists as well. The Chair Professor and Director of the Academy of Visual Arts, Wan Qingli is a distinguished and talented painter as well as adiministrator and was a pleasure to meet. Professor Wan gave me the book OASIS that I listed below, an excellent book on contemporary art in Hong Kong. He also told me a great story from when he spent a week with the contemporary composer and artist John Cage. It was also very interesting to meet a young talented artist Ruby Woo who’s work in glass I had recently noticed in Corning Museum’s New Glass Review. Check out her website < www.rubywooglass.com>

In Hong Kong one can really feel the emergence of contemporary glass from China. See the new book Glass.China ISBN 978-3-937220-02-4 by Dr. Eva-Maria Fahrner-Tutsek with articles by Susanne K. Frantz, Katharina Sykora, and Xue Lu. www.atutsek-stiftung.de Another excellent book is OASIS Artist’s Studios in Hong Kong Vol. 2 edited by Victor Lai Ming-hoi, ISBN 978-988-17041-6-0 www.asiaonebooks.com

During this trip I could finish a couple works in the short period of time thanks to Sunny and the glass studio’s technical genius Johnson. Below find documentation of the trip. You’ll find in order images of my demonstration, the city, Ms. Cho’s studio and paintings, Sunny Wang’s installations in glass and paper as well as a couple of her glass cast sculptures and a blown glass calligraphic work. I end with an image of Professor Wan.

The Demonstration

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