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Ceramics & Glass (MA)

Chengyu Li

Lives and works in London and China.

BA Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University 2014



2020 Hsinchu City Golden Glass Award. Taiwan. Selected artist

2019 New Glass Review 41. p. 78. Corning Museum of Glass. USA. 

2019 Creative Craft: China Arts &Crafts Juried Competition. Second prize

2018 SL Award. Stanislav Libenský Award Competition Exhibition. Prague. CZ. Selected artist

2018 Student Award. China Glass Art Exhibition.



2020 Tsinghua Glass 20th Anniversary Exhibition of Teachers and Students. China. 

2018 Fusion & Crossover - The Contemporary Glass Art Triennale. China. 

2017 China Hejian Glass Art Innovative Design Competition

2017 The 2nd China Heijian International Lawmpwork Glass Art Festival Exhibition.

I am open for conversation, opportunities and residencies, locally and abroad.

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Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

Ceramics & Glass (MA)

My work is the contemplation of time and how it transforms the world.

I am attracted by these subtle and continuous changes. I documented and observed the fragments of change in my life, remodelled them into a fictioning life narrative, and placed them into a container – a film, a glass work, a painting. Creating an experience allows the audience to enter it, and also feel this subtle but growing change.

The Leaky Room- First Act — Please turn on the sound to watch.
The newspaper in the film — The side story.

"A Leaking Room" is a fictioning work derived from my personal experiences during 2020-2021. Recently, my room was affected by a leak. The wall next to the window has become an ever-changing abstract painting, changing colour, growing, and shedding. This made me feel the growth and changes of the room.

In the film, everything in the room is alive due to a water leak. When the objects in the room are alive, the room becomes an independent world with its unique time operation system.


animation, mixed media


2 minutes 16 seconds


Green I, Pate de Verre, 11 x 9.5 x 5 cm ; Green II, Pate de Verre, 26 x 9 x 5 cm
Blue III, Pate de Verre, 18 x 6 x 3 cm ; Green IV, 18.5 x 5 x 4.5 cm ; Green V, 16 x 7.5 x 5 cm
Blue VI, Pate de Verre, 20 x 8.5 x 3.5 cm
Green VII, Pate de Verre, 21.5 x 8 x 3.5 cm; Blue VIII, Pate de Verre, 10 x 9.5 x 3 cm

In my daily life, I interact with and use various disposable items. They are constantly being discarded and bought again. Yet, this constant change makes me feel like they are growing and have their own vitality.

These containers keep company with me during the lockdown, which makes me feel that they carry more than just food or liquid. They carry space, and this space is connected to the outer space of my life in my narrative.

In my still life series, I use the pate de verre technique. During the firing process, cracks appeared on the surface of my containers. These cracks allow the light to pass through, connecting internal and external space, and make me feel like the containers are breathing.


glass, pate de verre
Frozen Shards I, Pate de Verre — 8 x 12 x 30 cm
Frozen Shards I, Pate de Verre
Frozen Shards II, Pate de Verre — 8 x 11 x 19 cm
Frozen Shards II, Pate de Verre
Frozen Shards III, Pate de Verre — 8 x 11 x 19 cm
Frozen Shards III, Pate de Verre
The Incompatibility Between Tradition and Contemporary, Pate de Verre — 4 x 22 x 22 cm


glass, pate de verre, paper
Drinking game goblet- You are the next one
Rules of game

This is a drinking game goblet set and a drinking game designed for contemporary young people. I was inspired by a 16th-century Dutch bell-shaped goblet in the V&A Museum.




45 x 45 x 45 cm


paper, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media