Hsinchu International Glass Art Festival

Wow, this is one beautifully handblown glass plate.
Today my English friend Peter and I are at the Hsinchu International Glass Art Festival, and this is Joy Huang, whose roots are in ceramics, but is now one of the top glass artists of Taiwan.
On display at the festival are works of art by local and international master glass craftsmen.
Colorful dresses, realistic human figures, abstract objects, birds, flowers, animals - it・s amazing how dynamic and expressive this translucent material can be.
Man invented glass and made jewelry out of it as early as 5500 years ago, and the Chinese embraced it because it looks like jade.
But why is Hsinchu famous for glass?
And because glass is produced locally, the products are incredibly affordable here. Shop owners tells us that it・s at least half off compared to prices abroad. So of course, we are going shopping!
That was fun, and I got my little trinklets from the souvenir shop - these guys, for my guppy tank. They・ll have some friends.
I・m sure the fish will appreciate them.
So what did you get out of this trip?
Well, I really enjoyed doing glass blowing. It was pretty hot, quite complicated. I didn・t realize how long it would take just to make one thing.
It was really cool.
Yeah it was very cool. I did really cool.
Can I have it? We can trade.
Well, we・ve got to come back and get it, right?
We can have them send it to us.
I think there will be a few other people at home that are going to be asking for it, so I can・t promise it to you. I・m sorry.
The Hsinchu International Glass Festival is already in full swing and runs until the end of August.
 
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