"How we found a whisky glass on a Chinese mountain"

by Mao Churong and Gong Yining, 2016

Looking for inspiration, we examined Chinese calligraphy, in particular traditional calligraphic ink paintings. We were looking for a symbol or a letter stroke that could be translated into a shape in glass.

A stroke called pimacun, used to depict the structure and texture of mountain rock, had all the right attributes. As we explored the shape of each single stroke, our experiments with a 3D version proved that it could be applied to a vessel with dramatic results.

Treating the glass as our canvas, with the stroke creating an interesting texture and rhythm, our idea came to life in a striking way. To us, the calligraphic stroke we chose is gentle yet strong, and it works well in the medium of glass.