Dr. Guan Donghai


The more I get to know about other cultures, the prouder I am of growing up in China - a country with rich culture.

Having undertaken some research on ancient Chinese architecture, I am strongly impressed by various forms of ancient city gates. The symmetrical gate looks solemn, which conveys a message that it was not built to show hospitality, but to demonstrate defensive strength and inviolable dignity. In China, we tend to use the term “to cross the gate” to refer to the start of research in a new field. The term “to attack the gate” is used to describe solving a big problem. The concept of gate sometimes can be as broad as to stand for a country, but sometimes as narrow as to represent a city. The phrase “entrance to a country” is used to indicate the policy which either “cuts all foreign contact” or “opens up”. Abstractly speaking, the gate may also represent individual hearts. Behind these hearts, secrets are always hidden which attract people to guess and explore.





1966 Heilongjiang, China



Beijing, P.R.China


Associate Professor, Vice Dean of Art and Crafts Department and Head of Glass Art Studio,

Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, China

Visiting Professor of Wolverhampton University

Member of China Artists Association


PhD, University of Sunderland, UK, 2013

MA ( in Glass),  School of Art & Design, University of Wolverhampton, UK, 2003
MA,  Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, China, 1997
BA,  Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, China, 1989


Lecturing and Masterclass in hot glass casting, University of Wolverhampton, 2010

Visiting scholar, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, 2010;
Visiting Artist, Jacksonville University, USA, 2010;

Lecturer, Tianjin Polytechnic University, China, 1989-1994

Guan Donghai Glass Works ExhibitionBeijing, China, 2008

Gaffer Studio Glass Gallery, Hong Kong, 2006


Commission for 012 program, me of Zhong Nan Hai, 2012

Commission for China North Industries Group Corporation, Beijing, 2012

Beijing Underground stations ‘Line 10’ underground for the Olympic Games 2008.



Chinese Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition, Nan Tong 2014

'Breathing Through Transparence' International Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition, Hang Zhou, 2014

In the Name of Love, the Alexander Tutsek Foundation, 2012

The Open Exhibition of Qin Huang Dao Glass Museum, Qin Huang Dao, 2012
Xuanwuby Guan Donghai & Zheng Xuewu, Koru Contemporary Art, Hong Kong2011

Laisee - 10 Years of Koru Contemporary Art in Hong Kong2011

Contemporary Ceramic and Glass Art Exhibition, International Horticultural Exposition, 2011, Xi’an China Chang’an Tower, 2011

Tasmanian Craft Fair, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Australia, 2010

Masterclass Exhibition, University of Wolverhampton, UK, 2010

The 11th Chinese National Art Exhibition, Shenzhen, China, 2009

9th Festival of Art Glass, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, 2009

10th International Glass Symposium Exhibition, Ajeto Gallery, Nový Bor, Czech Republic, 2009 

SOFA New York, 2009, Habatat Galleries Chicago, USA, 2009 

3 Nations: Asian Contemporary Glass Art, Koru Gallery, Hong Kong, 2009 

Glass.China Alexander-Tutsek Funding, Germany, 2008

Glass Routes, Bilston Craft Gallery UK, 2008

8th Festival of Art Glass, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, 2008
Asia Art Festival 'Beyond the Rainbow', Sungsan Art hall, Korea, 2006 
'Together & Different', group exhibition, Yan Club Arts Center(798 Art Zone), Beijing, China, 2005
'The 4th Cheongju International Craft Biennale', Cheongju, Korea, 2005 
The 10th Chinese National Art Exhibition, Shantou Museum, China, 2004 
'Times View', The National Fine Art Gallery, Beijing, China, 2004 
Cohesion' Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai, China, 2004 
The Modern Art Exhibition of China, Egypt, 2001 
5th National Watercolor Painting and Gouache Exhibition, Guangzhou, China, 2000 
The 9th Chinese National Art Exhibition, Nanjing, China, 1999