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NAGAR GLASS FACTORY in Yangon, Myanmar

Hi there! 🙂

I’d like to share this article about an old glass factory in Yangon, in Myanmar, destroyed by the Nargis Cyclone the 2nd of May 2008.

I don’t remember how I discovered the Nagar Glass Factory. I suppose someone must have talked to me about it when I was living in Yangon. I didn’t wait a longtime to go and take a look. What I discovered was a huge area covered with tropical plants growing everywhere, an abandoned site, with no human post-Cyclone intervention.

A natural path already existing leaded to the house of a three generation Chinese family, owners of the factory. The house is open to the nature and the remaining surroundings of what once seemed to function well. This family lives there in discreet conditions because of the disaster but it seems they wouldn’t sell the property, even when Japanese people proposed to buy and reconstruct the factory. Under the shadow of the luxuriant surrounding vegetation, tiger mosquitos fly everywhere. I remember, I used to cover myself with tropical mosquito repellent every time I visited this place and the times I forgot it was a nightmare!

Still, this place is amazing! It’s a jungle in the city of Yangon. Narrow paths lead to what once was a glass factory. There are the remaining of the various workshops, the oven made with red briques,… Bottles, vases, plates, abandoned and mixed with the vegetation became part of the environment. In Myanmar, the humidity and the hot temperatures make the plants grow very quickly. I visited this place in 2011.

The owners of the place have a big table covered with glass objects for sell created in the past. They told me that I was free to search around and find anything I like, they’d clean or adjust it and sell it to me.

Going around this place, wondering and searching among the plants isn’t the easiest thing to do but it’s so exciting! I’ve found many objects here which became projects I exposed later in Europe. Like ©1853 candleholders inspired by the kerosene lamp discovered in 1853 (you can see a photo of the old kerosene lamp which inspired my ©1853 candleholders. Also, a small series of very fine glass vases, Christmas decorations, vases and many other treasures…

I wanted to create a project which unfortunately remained a project because of lack of time: A collection of combined glass sculptures, I still keep in my drawers. Who knows, maybe one day…

Here are some photos of the Nagar Glass Factory I’ve taken during my visits there:

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Thank you for reading!

“KERAMIS”, a project created with cement (& not only!)

Keramis is a project born from the collaboration with Cement Design and Fooddesignstories.

Keramis can be used as a centerpiece or decorative element; it can be produced in different exemplars and colors, with or without a stamp, in a matt or glossy version. It’s inspired by the Byzantine tiles, found since the ancient times on the roofs of houses in the region of Northern Greece called Macedonia, the land of Alexander the Great.

I found the inspiration during a hot summer afternoon…I used a tile from the village of Assiros, a few kilometers from the city of Thessaloniki, which I then covered with the materials provided by Cement Design, adding natural pigments, the same as those used to make the icons of the Greek Orthodox rite. I used to make icons at the past and I still have the materials (Icons are painted in the traditional way using: natural pigments, egg, white vinegar).

Looking at the old tiles and houses around me I found amazing how time leaves it’s marks on the objects, in our lives, in our souls and cultures from generation to generation and in our history.

I can be anywhere in the world and feel home every time I change place but I know where my roots are.

So, I just wanted to recreate this patina of time on the Byzantine tile, which accompanies our senses on an ideal journey through the centuries of this mysterious and fascinating region, in which the stories and destinies of the Southern Mediterranean intertweave … Italy, France, Greece, ancient Byzantium, modern Istanbul.

Here’s my presentation of KERAMIS plate:


Hi! 🙂

I’m very happy to be part of SAATCHI ART gallery on-line created for artists and collectors of unique pieces.

NOM VE©2009-2019 Andromachi Lykartsi

As explained in the “About” section of Saatchi’s site:

“Saatchi Art is the world’s leading online art gallery, connecting people with art and artists they love. Saatchi Art offers an unparalleled selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography in a range of prices, and it provides artists from around the world with an expertly curated environment in which to exhibit and sell their work. Based in Los Angeles, Saatchi Art is redefining the experience of buying and selling art by making it easy, convenient and welcoming for both collectors and artists.”

Two of my ©NOM VE lamps, part of the Collection ©NOM VE are active on my board, which is:

It’s a new possibility opening for me for selling my limited series products and I find their way of functioning very easy & friendly for the artists. I recommend their shop. It’s fantastic to be able to have the possibility of such exposure. Thank you SAATCHI!!! 😉

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