Jianyong Guo
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Dr Jianyong Guo is Professor in the Shandong University of Art and Design of China.
He is Director of the Public Art Department and also Director of Glass Art Institute.
2013-2016 PhD. – 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.



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Contemporary inside painting glass sculptures
Jianyong Guo
Shandong University of Art and Design

My recent research has been an art-based practice-led project focused on Chinese ‘inside painting’ in glass art. It has attempted to create a ‘new style’ for Chinese traditional inside painting through the creation of contemporary glass sculptures. 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, in order to reduce some of the existing limitations of traditional methods. The methods of glass making for this research mainly applied blowing (Fig. 1 & 2) glass. The inside painting part was painted by low temperature ceramic glaze. The colours were held on the glass wall in the kiln.



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 photographs. In my 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.