Annual Conference of the Society of Glass Technology
Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
2nd to 5th September 2018
An investigation into the application of metal oxides in studio glass
to form a new model of contemporary glass calligraphy

Dian Shi
University of Sunderland
<[email protected]>

About the Author:
As an artist, I was educated in traditional Chinese culture from childhood. I always was sent to one calligraphy
club to study when I was a little girl in the summer holiday. Nowadays science and technology are developing
by leaps and bounds, it leads to art form has a huge change. Forming glass artist’s perspectives, using method
and principle of traditional Chinese calligraphy, this innovative and interdisciplinary research recreates a
contemporary calligraphy art by applying craft and material science method

This research focuses on the historical and technical contexts of applying metal oxides to form a new model of
contemporary Chinese glass calligraphy. It has analysed the current status of contemporary calligraphy in
China, and at the same time surveyed examples that relates to glass calligraphy in glass art. From traditional
calligraphy of tool to the transform of Ink and brush in glass art, this research will analyse the shade of ink
expression in works of glass art researches. It also includes the development of the personal glass art practice of
the researcher, which used glass and metal oxides. This project also focus on how an artist today might use the
techniques of metal oxides with glass to develop contemporary Chinese glass calligraphy art.


Chinese calligraphy is traditional Chinese culture. Using traditional method and principle, froming perspectives of innovative and interdisciplinary,
craft and sciences of material, to recreative a contemporary calligraphy art. The aim is also to develop a new form of Chinese glass calligraphy.
This research aslo froms different aspects demonstrates the idea of Calligraphy comprehending life. At the same time, a new form of Chinese
glass calligraphy will be made that confirm the viewpoint of ‘Chinese calligraphy is life’.

The metal oxide percentages dictate the tone and colour of the glass and the ink percentage dictate the shade of
ink in calligraphy art have similar ways of material quality. This research aim is to develop the art effect of
metal oxide of different percentage in glass making. That is similar to Chinese ink, it has the effect of very
light, light, dark, very dark, dry. The methods of hot glass, kiln-casting, lamp working and sheet glass will be
applied in the process of studio glass practices for this research.