Glass Art

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How did people make stained glass windows? MARGHERITA The use of coloured glass for window decoration has a long history. In the Far East, pieces of coloured glass fitted into intricate lattice frames have been used to decorate mosque windows for many centuries.

Thursday, 26 August, 1999, 12:00am

Bold, new concepts for an old medium

EVERY culture in the world responds to the beauty of glass. The manufacturing process, wherever you happen to be, does not vary. Created from a mixture of sand, soda and lime, transformed into a malleable fluid by heat and then filled with breath, glass is a product of all the elements: it incorporates earth, wind, fire and water.

4 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

A vision encased in glass for all time

With the flick of a switch last week, the foyer of an office block was transformed into a towering showcase of light and colour. The glass sculptures of Canadian artist Warren Carther now add a new dimension to the daily grind of office workers in Lincoln House in Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay.

2 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Baccarat showcase cuts above the rest

THERE is a place in France, close to the German border, where the locals used to have a merry time indulging in the drunken rites of Bacchus. So deep-rooted was the connection that the village took the name of Baccarat. Many years later, an 18th-century bishop decided that Baccarat should be the site of an artistic glassworks. It is unlikely that he was thinking of the ancient pagan rites.

28 Feb 1999 - 12:00am


Wong Chun-wing, copper sculptor and owner of a 14,000-square-foot copper-casting factory in Yuen Long, has a 3,000-square-foot workshop that is open to anyone who wishes to learn the art. Apart from casting charges, which range from $800 for an eight-inch-high sculpture to more than $10,000 for a man-sized one, everything is free.

17 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Sharp and transparent art

The trouble with antique glass is that people tend to be terrified. 'There's always this prejudice against touching glass,' said Carlos Prata, who is holding a show of English 18th- and 19th-century glass this month in his Hanlin Gallery in Hollywood Road.

'If you are going to collect, you just have to get over that breakage thing as soon as possible,' he said.

18 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Timeless Toledo

Toledo is one of Spain's most magnificent historical monuments. An intact medieval city of narrow, winding streets perched on a small hill, it is crammed with museums, galleries, churches and castles with the cathedral housing murals, stained-glass windows and works by El Greco, Velazquez and Goya.

12 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Falling glass

Five passers-by were hurt when a piece of window glass fell from a second floor hostel in Cannon Street, Wan Chai. The glass fell out when a 53-year-old hostel resident from Singapore visitor was trying to open a window.

27 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Clearly a cut above the rest

Forget mutual funds, blue-chip stocks and property deals: one of the most lucrative money-making vehicles in this town comes in the form of a chunk of gleaming crystal carved in the shape of an eagle.

Punters who had bought the figurine - made by the Austrian company Swarovski - in 1995 for $12,000 could now sell it for $100,000.

16 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Fringe 97

Glassworks Nestle Dairy Farm Theatre Fringe Club, January 21 I rushed headlong into the Nestle Dairy Farm Theatre to see David Glass' 7pm show, and overlooked the A4 paper programmes sitting in a small pile on a table.

26 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Snakes in the glass

Ulrica Hydman-Vallien was musing on how unusual it was for her to be in a place where nobody knew her. But while tucking into Peking duck at a Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant the other evening, she was approached by a Finnish man who asked her if she was, indeed, the artist who had done 'the tulips'.

21 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Light and magic

Few artists would readily admit to being a con-artist but glass engraver Frank Grenier is unperturbed. 'You've got it. We're con merchants,' he says smiling, as if I've just unearthed a well-kept secret of the ancient society of glass engravers.

17 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

A cut above the rest

CONSIDERING she barely had any idea what she was doing when Loretta Yang Hui-shan bought her first kiln almost 10 years ago, she is a living testament to the power of self-training.

25 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Symbols of devotion made to last

AFTER the fresh-cut flowers have faded and withered, a delicate crystal orchid from Swarovski will still be blooming as a permanent reminder of the love behind it.

This crafted ornament ($975) is just one of many pieces in the company's Silver Crystal collection suitable as a Valentine's Day gift.

4 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Glassmakers build on centuries of class

AMID the tourist traps that line the canal bank on the glass-making island of Murano in Venice is an imposing building that is off-limits to browsers, but one that all visitors flock to nonetheless.

14 Jan 1996 - 12:00am