While The People's Republic of China moves steadily into the technological age the ancient or art of glassworking is not being neglected.
While The People's Republic of China moves steadily into the technological age the ancient or art of glassworking is not being neglected. Apprentices are taken to the zoo, for example, by their instructor to study at first-hand the animals they will later reproduce in glass.
SYNOPSIS: For apprentices at a Peking glass factory a day at work can mean a day at the zoo...but they're there because their instructor insists that they see for themselves animals which they will later reproduce in glass.
While The People's Republic of China moves steadily into the technological age with atomic power and sophisticated weaponry, the ancient arts are not being allowed to die. The Chinese have been making glass ornaments for more than a thousand years and some young people have chosen to follow in the stops of their ancestors - whose skill with glass was superb.
Some small glass ornaments have been found dating from 202 BC..the beginning of the Han Dynasty, and today's apprentices are determined not to let the skill die. The Chinese craftsmen use glass in much the same way other artists use jade or precious stones, and each piece is completely individual.
Many people feel that industrialisation and mass production can leave people with more time for leisure, but with less skill with their hands...perhaps because machines tend to remove the need for careful work...but in China at least, this trend is being arrested.
Certainly these young Chinese seem to be as much at home following the folk art of their ancestors as they are with the workings of modern technical breakthroughs.