Professor Zhuang Xiaowei
Professor - Director of Glass Studio, Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, China
Honorary Professor - University of Wolverhampton, England
Advisor - China National Association for Glass Industry
Advisor - China Architectural and Industrial Glass Association
Director of Culture & Arts Branch -Shanghai Overseas Returned Scholars Association
Member - International Committee for Museums and Collections of Glass; International Council of Museums.
Since the 1970s, glass art, as a discipline, has developed by leaps and bounds in European countries and the United States. In 1998, Mr. Zhuang was sent by Shanghai University to study for a master’s degree at the Department of Glass Art in the School of Arts & Design of Wolverhampton University. In November 2000, he returned to China. Under technical support from Wolverhampton University, he established a glass studio, engaged in independent instruction in glass art at the Fine Arts Academy of Shanghai University. Due to honor, responsibility, creativity and diligence in his teaching career, his students are playing an important role in more than ten universities across China.
His studio has won global prestige for its achievements, as evidenced by an article in Time magazine. In addition, his exhibitions of glass art in Hong Kong, Osaka, Munich, London, Sunderland and New York have similarly attracted attention and comments from local leading media.
His works are included in the permanent collections of prestigious institutions and in exhibitions within some of the world’s best venues.
His academic literary achievement, Casting the Lyrical: Research on Methodologies for Creating Glass Art was hailed as one of the most critical works in the realm of glass art in China. Enlightening and thought-provoking, the book exudes a sharp sense of time, integrated with a fertile poetic imagination.
He was the Founding Director of the Shanghai Museum of Glass, the first contemporary glass museum in China. He served in the museum from April of 2008 until April of 2012.
In 2011, University of Wolverhampton awarded Zhuang Xiao Wei the title of Honorary Professor.
Professor Zhuang Xiao Wei's important contribution is to bring new concepts into Chinese art glass, thus changing its status in modern history. With an incredible charm and noble idealism, his work has won a highly respectable international reputation.
He has the profound understanding of contemporary art education, international cultural exchanges, and the cutting-edge technology of related disciplines, and has achieved a very developed advanced program. He organized and promoted the art of glass, and made varying degrees of progress in higher art education, socio-cultural and industrial areas in China. His guidance is respectfully scientific, very detailed and effective. This incentive for him has obtained results that have merged with his idealism in glass.
Born 1957 Beijing, China
1998-2000 School of Art & Design, University of Wolverhampton (England). MA
1985-1987 Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (Hangzhou)
1983-1984 Shanghai Jiaotong University (Shanghai)
1980-1981 Central Academy of Arts & Design (Beijing)
1976-1979 Shanghai Arts and Crafts School (Shanghai)
Selected Awards and Achievements:
2011 Honorary Professor- Wolverhampton University
2011 Master of Chinese Glass Art
2011 Chinese Glass Artists Exhibition: Golden Prize
2009 The 5th Chinese Academy Exhibition of Modern Arts and Crafts: Award of
2006 China International Industry Fair: Exhibits Award
2005 The First Chinese Academy Exhibition of Modern Arts and Crafts: Award of
Academy (First Place)
1998 Shanghai Science and Technology Awards: Third Prize
1895 Chinese Contemporary Arts & Crafts Series of Exhibitions & seminar: Chinese Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition, Nantong, China
Breathing Through Transparence: International Contemporary Glass art exhibition, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
Dimensionality of Vision: Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts College of Shanghai University 2013, Shanghai University, China
Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2013, Cheongju International Craft Biennale Committee, Cheongju, South Korea
Art Shanghai 2013, Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute, Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy, Shanghai, China
Legacy﹒Irish Wave, Embassy of Ireland, Fine arts college of Shanghai University, China
Poetics of the Handmade – Glass Art by Zhuang Xiaowei, Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, England
Ink Miami Art Fair, Miami, Florida
IFPDA Art Fair, Park Avenue Armory, New York
Multiplied 2012, Christie’s (South Kensington), London
Shanghai Charity Foundation﹒Ailing Foundation Collection Exhibition, Bund 18 Gallery, Shanghai, China
Chinese Red Cross Foundation﹒Smile Angle Foundation Charity Donation,
International Trade Center Beijing, China
New Glass Art Exhibition, New Town Center Park, Shanghai, China
China Arts and Crafts Exhibition, China Art Research Institute, National Museum, Beijing, China
Elements﹒Irish Wave, Embassy of Ireland, Shengling Gallery, Shanghai, China
Love in Melody III: Ailing Foundation Charity Silent Auction, Shanghai Charity Foundation, Bund 18 Gallery, Shanghai, China
Poetics of the Handmade: Contemporary Glass by Xiaowei Zhuang, National College of Art & Design (NCAD Gallery), Dublin, Ireland travelling to CIT Crawford College of Art & Design (Wandesford Quay Gallery), Cork, Ireland
Contemporary Art Glass in Asia, Hong Kong International Glass Association, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
From Hand and Heart: The Sixth Chinese Academy Exhibition of Modern Arts and Crafts, Suzhou Art & Design Technology Institute, Suzhou, China
Shanghai Design, Creative Design Professionals Association of Shanghai, Shanghai World Expo Center, China
New Ecological Crafts, Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, Public Art and Technology Experiment Center in Gu Cun Workshop, Shanghai, China
China Light Industry Exhibition & Famous Glass Artists’ works Exhibition, China National Association for Glass Industry, Beijing International Exhibition Center, Beijing, China
F1 Singapore Charity show, Red Pencil Foundation Event, Singapore
Heaven: Exhibitions of Personal Works by Zhuang Xiaowei, Golden Group, Heaven Villa Sheshan，Shanghai，China
Po Hei Levin Crystal & Glass Art Experience Exhibition, Hyatt on the Bund Hotel Shanghai, China
Contemporary Glass Art from Glass Studio of Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, Shanghai Museum of Glass, China
Zhuang Xiaowei Glass Art, Shanghai Museum of Glass, 1930 Gallery, Shanghai, China
Contemporary Glass Art Visual Experience and Creativity, The French Modern Communications, Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Arts Foundation, Munich, Germany
Walk into the Workshop: the Fifth Chinese Academy Exhibition of Modern Arts and Crafts, Shandong University of Art & Design, Ji’nan, China
Shanghai Art Fair 2009（13 Edition), Shanghai, China
Casting2009: Studio Glass Art Exhibition, Shanghai University, 99 Creative Center, Shanghai, China
Fine Workmanship: the Forth Chinese Academy Exhibition of Modern Arts and Crafts, Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, Xi’an, China
Glass - China, Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Arts Foundation, Munich, Germany
Lightness of Being: Chinese Contemporary Art Glass Sculpture and Art, Galerie Vee & Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
Transparent Attitude: The Group Exhibition of Glass Art of Three University, Art Gallery of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
China International Creative Exhibitions, Shanghai Creative Industry Association, Shanghai, China
Glass Routes: from Wolverhampton to China, Bilston Craft Gallery,
Wolverhampton University, England
True to Conventional Artistic Production: the Third Chinese Academy Exhibition of Modern Arts and Crafts, Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, 99 Creative Center, Shanghai, China
The International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, U.S.A.
Projects Sponsored by Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation: 2007 Academy Exhibition of Glass Art, Shanghai Liuli China Museum, Shanghai, China
Refraction: Chinese Contemporary Glass Art, Twocities Gallery, Shanghai, China
Night View: Shanghai Artist Invitational Exhibition of art Works, Yuandian Gallery, Shanghai, China
Shanghai Exhibition of Contemporary Arts and Crafts, Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts, China
Tradition and Fashion: the Second Chinese Academy Exhibition of Modern Arts and Crafts, Nanjing Arts Institute, Nanjing, China
China Rises: Orientation, the International Exposition of Sculpture Objects Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, U.S.A.
Dialogue of 8, Galerie VEE, Hong Kong
Exploration amid Excitement: Exhibitions of Personal Works by Zhuang Xiaowei, Galerie VEE, Wellington Center, Hong Kong
Institution School Glass Art: Works of Zhuang Xiaowei and His Students, ArtNetworking.com, U.S.A. Xuhui Library, Shanghai, China
Inheritance and Innovation: the First Chinese Academy Exhibition of Modern Arts and Craft, Academy of Arts and Designs, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
The First Exhibition of Studio Glass Art, The Department of Arts and Crafts of Academy of Arts & Designs of Tsinghua University, and Glass Studio of Fine Arts Academy of Shanghai University, Beijing, China
Casting the Lyrical: Zhuang Xiaowei’s Personal Exhibitions of Glass Art, ArtNetworking.com, U.S.A. Shui On Group, Shanghai, China
Be: MA Art & Design Graduation Show, School of Art & Design, Wolverhampton University, UK
Selected Public Collections:
Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Arts Foundation, Munich, Germany
The Ailing Foundation - Shanghai Charity Foundation
Cork City Council of Ireland
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Ireland
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, UK
Hong Kong Government Special Administrative Region
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
National College of Art & Design, Ireland
National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference
National Glass Centre, UK
National Museums Scotland
Qinhuangdao museum of Glass
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Shanghai Gangtai Art Museum
Shanghai Liuli China Museum
Shanghai Municipal People’s Government
Shanghai Museum of Glass
Shandong Boshan Museum of Glass
Smile Angel Foundation of Chinese Red Cross Foundation
Taiwan Tittot Museum, Taipei
University of Moscow, Russia
University of Wolverhampton, UK
Extensive Private Collections
Pending/In Progress: Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Selected Authored Publications:
Zhuang Xiaowei: Casting the Lyrical: Research on Methodologies for Creating Glass Art, Shanghai Bookstore Publishing House 2007 (ISBN 978-7-80678-800-4)
Zhuang Xiaowei: Institution School Glass Art, Shanghai Bookstore Publishing House 2007 (ISBN 978-7-80678-748-9 / J)
Zhuang Xiaowei: Design Process of Shanghai Glass Museum : A Multicultural Practice, issued in Public Art, Shanghai Fine Arts Publishing House , 2011 Issue 5, p. 74-79 (ISSN 1674-7038)
Zhuang Xiaowei: Symphony of Cross-Culture, issued in Brewerton, Shanghai Fine Arts Publishing House, p. 4-6. (ISBN 978-7-5479-0165-6)
Zhuang Xiaowei: Be Committed to Building a Creative Academic Environment, issued in Into the Workshop, Shandong Fine Arts Publishing House, p. 35-37. (ISBN 978-7-5330-3112-1)
Zhuang Xiaowei: Sincere and Passion: the Way to My Creation, issued in China
Ceramics Illustrated, Shanxi People's Publishing House, 2011 Issue 6/7, p. 120 - 126.
Zhuang Xiaowei: The Studio System, a Revolutionary Form in Chinese University, issued in Decoration, published in Chinese Decoration Magazine , 2011 Issue 5, p. 28-29. (ISSN 0412-3662)
Zhuang Xiaowei: In Addition To the Thing, the Traditional Process Modeling is A Way of Life, issued in Inheritance and Development: Chinese Traditional Crafts and Modeling Studies Symposium, by The China Academy of Art Press, July 2010, p. 48-51. (ISBN 978-7-81083-992-1)
Zhuang Xiaowei: The Development of Studio Glass at Shanghai University: The influence of Wolverhampton University and Professor Keith Cummings, issued in Glass Routes: Contemporary Glass from Wolverhampton to China (Electronic Version) jointly published by Wolverhampton University, Bilston Craft Gallery and Arts Council England, 2008 (ISBN978-0-9560204-0-6).
Zhuang Xiaowei: Creation of Poetic Sentiments, issued in Journal of Shanghai University. Social Science Edition, published by Shanghai University Press, 2005, Issue 3, p. 87-93. (ISSN 1007-65222)
Zhuang Xiaowei: Academic Glass Art with the Unique Performance, issued in Design Space, 2004 Issue 3. (ISSN 1003-0069)
Zhuang Xiaowei: Academic Glass Art, issued in Decoration, Chinese Decoration Magazine, 2004, Issue 7. p. 4 (ISBN 0412-3662)
Zhuang Xiaowei: ‘Research into Tapies with His Theory & Practice’, ‘Paradise is being built by Technique’, Postgraduate Thesis 2000, Library of Wolverhampton University, England
Li Xiangyang: 2012 Shanghai Art •Hongqiao Carnival, May 2012, p. 57.
Li Ke: Chinese Handicraft, May 2012, p. 21-23. (ISSN1672-6766)
Meng Lingyan: Chinese Glass Industry, April 2012 Issue 21, p. 2.
Wang Yiheng: The Pioneer of Chinese Glass Art, published in Shanghai Arts and Crafts, 2011 Issue 4, p. 1-7. (ISSN 1005-071X)
Xu Chunyan, Dong Bo: The Sixth Chinese Academy Exhibition of Modern Arts and
Crafts, Jiangsu Fine Arts Publishing House, December 2011, p. 91.
Lu Fengya: Contemporary Art Glass in Asia, October 2011, p.12-15.
Yao Yuan: To Collect Glass Art and Let life be in Poetry, Published in Fashion, 2011,
Issue 6, p. 194-195. (ISSN 1005-1988)
Xin Yue: Sea of Knowledge, The Palace of Art - Shanghai Glass Museum, published in Glass Art, 2011 Issue 1, p. 35-37. (SSN 1814-8905).
Mao Zengyin: Feature - Zhuang Xiaowei`s Glass Works, published in China Ceramics Illustrated, ShanXi People`s Publishing House, 2011 Issue 13/14,
p. 108-111. (CN61-0032)
Zhao Wanbang: Zhuang Xiaowei: Pioneer of Chinese Glass Art Education, published in Chinese Glass Industry, February 2011 Issue 1, p. 119-123.
Huang Peiqing: The Span of Glass Art, published in Creative Design Source, 2011 Issue 1, p. 72-81. (ISSN 1674-5159)
Yu Xiaoping, Han Xi: Modern Glass Art Teaching, Anhui Fine Arts Publishing House, December 2012, p. 152-153. (ISBN 7-5398-2635-6)
Pan Lusheng: Walk into the Workshop, Shandong Fine Arts Publishing House, December 2009, p. 64. (ISBN 98-7-5330-3112-1)
Shu Wen: Building the First Glass Museum in China, published in Glass Art, 2009 Issue 2, p. 8-13. (ISBN 98-7-5330-3112-1)
Guo Xianlu: Fine Creation, published for The Fourth Chinese Academy Exhibition of Modern Arts and Crafts, 2009, p. 29, p. 52.
Yang Qirui: Thorough Attitude - Glass Art Exhibition of Three Colleges, p.108-113.
Sun Yujie: Indulge in Glass, published in Art Market, August 2009, p. 90. (ISSN 1671-7910)
Qiu Ruimin: City﹒Art : 50 Years Literature for Fine Arts College of Shanghai
University, Shanghai People`s Fine Arts Publishing House, May 2009, p. 20-23.
Wang Dawei: Back to Handcraft, Shanghai Lexicographical Publishing House, December 2007, p.122-123.
Mark Lyman: SOFA CHICAGO, Expressions of Culture, Inc. DMG World Media，November 2007, p. 173. (ISBN 978-0-9713714-9-1)
Fang Zengxian, Chi Zhigang, Dai Zhiqi: The Imagination of the EXPO- 2007 Shanghai Fine Arts and Design Arts Exhibition, Shanghai Pictorial Publishing House, p. 172. ( ISBN 978-7-80685-727-4)
Elaine W.Ng: Art Asia Pacific, 2007 Issue 51, p.76.
Lara Day: Raise Your Glasses, Time. August 30, 2007. (ISBN 9-771064-030005-3)
Tang Zhaoji: Shanghai Art and Craft , 2007 Issue 1, p. 15, p.47. (ISSN 1005-071X)
Tang Zhaoji: Shanghai Art and Craft , 2007 Issue 3, p.4. (ISSN 1005-071X)
Vanessa Lee & CORA Lee: Chinese Glass, 2006, p. 94. (ISBN 988-99525-0-5)
Janice Lee: Poetic Visions, published in Perspective, July 2006, p. 124-125.
Ian Findlay: Chinese Contemporary Glass Art, Published in World Sculpture News Spring 2006, p. 58 (ISBN 73361-64643-9-91)
Susanne K. Frantz: Studio Glass Courses Debut in China, Urban Glass Art Quarterly, Spring 2006, p. 56 - 61. (ISBN 1064-900X)
GLASS.CHINA, Edition EMF 2008 (ISBN 978-3-937220-02-4)
Liz: The Romantic Movement, published in Home Furnishing, April 2006, p. 44.
Rong Lingzhi: Home Furnishing, March 2006, p. 28.
Yong Hong: Zhuang Xiaowei: Creation of Poetic Sentiments, published in D - Design, January 2006, p.165. (ISSN 1003-0069)
Feng Jianqin, Zhang Chengzhi: Tradition and Fashion: The Second Chinese Modern Handicraft, 2006, p. 19.
He Jie, Hang Jian: Inheritance and Transcendence: Institute of Modern Craft Exhibition in China, 2006, p. 19.
Zhang Fuye: Decoration, Chinese Decoration Magazine, July 2005, p. 72. (ISBN 0412-3662) (CN11-1392/J)
Zhang Ke: New Housewear & Furnishings, May 2005, p. 98-99. (ISSN 1008-1518)
Zhang Peichu: Century Space: Fine Arts College of Shanghai University Album1984-2004, Shanghai University Publishing House, p.169. (ISBN 7-81058-709-9)
Zhang Baiheng: Chinese Glass Art, Chinese Architecture and Industrial Glass Association, 2004, p. 34-37.
Zhang Fuye: Decoration, Chinese Decoration Magazine, July 2004, p. 4. (ISBN 0412-3662)
Wang Jianzhong: Modern Glass Art in the World, Hebei Fine Arts Publishing House, May 2004, p. 152-153. (ISBN 7-5310-2301-6)