Hong Kong glass blower Kwun Lan Wong found the molten material while finishing her Bachelor’s in Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University. After graduation, Wong worked as a studio assistant at the university with a variety of responsibilities, including assisting the teaching. She is in her second year of graduate school at Southern Illinois University, majoring in glass. Wong is active in developing her hot sculpting skills in glass studios worldwide. She has traveled to take workshops at the Corning Museum of Glass, Urban Glass, and Pilchuck Glass School in the United States. In 2021, she was in the assistantship program at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio for six months. Wong finished her first artist residency at Pittsburgh Glass Center in 2022.
The Lo Ting series will be Wong’s main focus during the residency. These works show the struggle for her nationality and identity. In the meantime, they also present her ability in figure sculpting.
“Narration is always a huge part of my practice. I am into creating a poetic atmosphere with the object I make, no matter what size I am working on. I can make large-scale installations when I have extra hands in the hotshop. Children’s books inspire my figurative works by simplifying complex emotions in narrative form.” – Kwun Lan Wong