Poetics of the Handmade

May 2011


CIT Crawford College of Art & Design is honoured to host this solo show by Xiao Wei Zhuang, Professor of Glass at the College of Fine Art at Shanghai University.
Professor Zhuang was appointed Director of the Glass Museum of Shanghai in 2008. He is also a member of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Glass of the International Council of Museums.

Rooted in the natural world around him, Xiao Wei draws inspiration from animal shapes and abstract forms. The work is solid and weighty yet this weightiness belies the lyrical quality of the work and imbues it with a playfulness that is unexpected.

Since their twinning, Cork has built up a significant relationship with Shanghai. This exhibition further enhances that relationship and with an Irish Glass exhibition taking place in Shanghai next year it is hopeful further links will be made between CIT Crawford College and Shanghai University through student and staff exchange.

Gemma Tipton, art critic and writer will open the exhibition, curated by Debbie Dawson, artist and lecturer in glass at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design.