Why we like Sheng Tsang Chen’s work: we enjoy the imaginative approach to glass and the surreal quality seen in the various pieces.
Tell us about your background and inspiration?
I am a glass maker from Taiwan. My BA which I obtained from Taiwan is in Communication Art. At the moment, I am doing my second year in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art. My previous work is mainly painting and drawing but I started to work in 3D around 4 years ago. I used to work in a glass museum in Taiwan. My role was to give the visitors an understanding of glass and teach glass blowing. Now I work part-time in Peter Layton’s London Glassblowing Studio and Simon Moor’s Studio.
My inspirations are mainly from my living experience – it could be the article I read or people I talk with or a picture I saw somewhere. There is no particular source I get my inspiration from, and when I work with glass, I use the quality of the material as an element to my work.
Talk us through the pieces on your ARTS THREAD portfolio:
A question which intrigues me is “Do purely functional objects exist in our world?” At present, my work is about exploring the relationship between an object’s functionality and its aesthetic.
I often put the contrast in my work to represent the identity issue between artist and artisan. My background is from Taiwan. The drinking culture differences between Taiwan and The UK interest me and it is the reason that I always choose drinking vessels to present my idea.
The fluid nature of melting glass is a major element in my work. I am also fascinated by the way that air bubbles can be entrapped between layers of glass. Both of these characteristics rely on the liquid nature of glass.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a theme of The Conflict between Function and Aesthetic. I would like to extend the work that I’ve mentioned above and explore more. Ideally to create a series of tableware.
How can people get in contact with you? What work are you looking for?
My E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org and I am looking for a challenge and all kinds of opportunities to work in the UK.