News and Events from LIULI Crystal Art

Our Joint Effort with Oceana SeaChange to Protect Marine Biodiversity

We believe that together can makes a difference!

Proud Sponsorship for 2018 Oceana SeaChange Event

Ocean is home to most living things on our planet and plays an essential role in the world's ecosystem. LIULI Crystal Art shares the sense of responsibility in protecting the mother nature and has been supporting Oceana, the largest ocean conservation advocacy organization, since 2013 to raise awareness in preserving marine biodiversity. In 2018 SeaChange Summer Party, we donated the artwork “Across the Nine Heavens We Leap” as a token of a shared vision in continuously creating positive impact to the society and the earth with our hearts and actions. The contour of the artwork dynamically captures the movement of water waves, as well as the determination and relentless dedication of all nine Koi fish in reaching their goals. With limited edition of only 580 pieces worldwide, the artwork was part of the auction in the Gala event.

Fish Swims in Happiness, Abundance and Success 

FISH is symbolic of a continuous flow of happiness. Together in pairs, fish figurine shares the joy of life in harmonious cycle of yin and yang, which also creates a divine balance with the surrounding environment. In Eastern cultures, the fish figurine and totem are also often given as wedding gifts as an auspicious sign of fidelity, perfect unity and partnership. Among all fish species, Koi fish is one of the most beloved symbols in China. Its origin dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), a period of time regarded as the height of the Chinese imperial era, and the emperors’ family name is Lee, which has the same pronunciation as Koi fish in Mandarin Chinese--Li-Yu. Therefore, it is believed that Koi fish brings about success, great health and wealth to life. 

Water and Waves Nurture the Strength and Energy of Life 

Water springs life. Water is adaptable and humble, yet powerful and fearless in all forms. In Eastern cultures, water symbolizes fortune; therefore, in LIULI crystal artwork creation, the contour of dynamic flow of water waves and air depicts infinite and irrepressible strength. As long as we hold on to our faith, anything is possible. One of the artworks “The Absolute”, an abstract interpretation of traditional Chinese symbol Ru-yi through ocean waves, embodies dual meanings: a message of richness and gratitude found in the lives around us, as well as best wishes and brightful hopes. The symbol of water reminds us that the Earth has been nurturing all living things since the beginning of the day and will continue for many generations to come. 

LIULI Motto: To Continuously Create Art for the Good of the Heart

With a share vision of creating that which is good for the human heart, LIULI Crystal Art not only donated artwork for SeaChange Summer Party auction and fundraising event, but was also commissioned by Oceana in 2014 and 2016 to create an award for its honorees--- Hollywood legend, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy , director of Ted and two time Emmy Award winner. We are committed to the partnership with Oceana in protecting our natural habitat, and we will continue to be a responsible world citizen.

2018 Oceana SeaChange Event Photos: 

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Previous Oceana SeaChange Event:

2014 Oceana Honoree with Leonardo DiCaprio

2016 Oceana Honoree with Seth MacFarlane 

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Peonies Carry Blessings, Celebrations, and Desires of Life

Living Life in Full Bloom

The Collection: Peony Collection 

Peony is native in China. Because of its rich color, delightful fragrance, elegant posture, and vigorous full bloom, peony has been referred to as “The King of Flowers” in Eastern cultures since Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). With their lush, full, rounded blooms, peonies embody confidence, joy and passion of life, inspiring more than tens of thousands poems and countless art and design creations.

With Color, Peony Shines

For centuries, peonies were planted in imperial gardens, palaces, and mansions; therefore, they symbolize nobility, prosperity, and romance, which makes them a popular choice for bridal bouquet and their motifs great wedding and anniversary gifts. Growing peonies requires patience. It takes time to see an abundant display of flowers, but once they start blooming, a lifetime of exquisite flowers can be expected. As such, peonies are also representation of the glory and the celebration for achievements of any kind, such as career promotion, graduation, or moving into a new house.

 

 

Without Color, Peony Humbles

LIULI Artist Loretta H. Yang creates “The Proof of Awareness” to seize the moment of clarity. Peonies in full bloom embody confidence and passion of life, and without colors, we are able to see through the very existence of the flow and one’s true self. Just as a wise saying goes, ”Be the same person you are in the dark as you are in the light”, this collection reminds us of authenticity and mindfulness

 

The Proof of Awareness

Springtime Dance

Amorous

 

Peony as a Cultural Symbol, Touches LIULI by Heart          

The spirit of peony, with and without colors, resonates with LIULI’s core value  “To forever creates that which is good for the human heart”. LIULI also adopts an exquisite embroidery peony pattern created by “Jiangning Fabrics Bureau”, the central commission organization of textiles for imperial families and prestigious officials during Qing Dynasty (1645-1904 AD), to deliver LIULI’s ethics in craftsmanship: a lifelong learning journey through continuous doing, thinking, and self-reflection.

Since then, Peony has become LIULI’s brand signifier, which can be seen throughout everything we do, from art creations, gallery interior decors, architecture, to packaging. Through the symbol and meaning of peonies, we deliver the warmest blessings and gratitude to our appreciators, collectors, and partners around the world.

 

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The Collection: Peony Collection

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LIULI at Musee de l'Hotel Gouin

500-year anniversary, a conversation on glass heritage And the confluence of East and West

When Loretta H. Yang and Chang Yi first stepped foot in Tours last month on invitation to open for what was the 500th anniversary of an ancient art heritage site, they were swept but unsurprised at the history of the place.  When asked about their first impression, Yang and Chang both replied that it is immediately noticeable as a land of art revival.  And that, further yet, it truly is a garden of self-discovery where people who, through the struggle of contemplating the world, inspire the most genius of artistic creativity.  On April 20th, as the pair of Chinese glass maestros met with Antoine Leperlier for the second time in a year, this is the conversation that opened an unforgettable exhibit.

 Located in the UNESCO-named world heritage site of Tours, Hotel Gouin attracts all manners of brilliant minds from across the globe.  The 15th century building is redolent with details from a period of prolific art revival.  And since the opening of the exhibit in April, eighteen of Yang and Chang’s best pieces have been on display in the building.

Artworks at the Exhibition

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About the Artist: Loretta Yang & Chang Yi

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While Antoine Leperlier’s panache indubitably inspires the awe in onlookers, Yang and Chang contrast in the quiet power of their contemplative work.  With thirty years of continual creativity and failure as well as both success and rejection in the art world, the two masters bring astonishing achievements and deep life philosophies that culminate in this international discussion on heritage, contemporaneity, and a confluence of East and West.

When asked about their views on this cross-cultural exchange, Yang and Chang replied that:  Yes, art is indeed an integral aspect of culture—culture is heritage, and it is life.  Therefore, art must have relevancy in its age and must be deeply connected to the life that the artists’ have led.  After two lifetimes of continual labor and painstaking effort to bring Chinese glass art to the modern and global arena, Yang and Chang can safely say that they are proud to have brought the beauty of liuli art this far.

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LIULI Gallery Reopens after Major Revamp

South Coast Plaza's Only Asian Arts Luxury Brand

LIULI Gallery Reopens after Major Revamp

 

 

Orange County, Calif. – May 1, 2018 – This year LIULI is celebrating its 30th anniversary and 3rd year joining South Coast Plaza family. As the only Asian arts luxury brand in the international shopping destination, LIULI wishes to bring its customer the most exquisite experience of Asian art and culture. The gallery reopens today, May 1, following a major revamp with hand-painted walls and ceilings, reworked floor and a new space layout.

The new LIULI gallery keeps its tradition using peony flower as the motif and brand icon. Different to the old space where peonies were shown on hand-embroidered screens, the new space presents an all-encompassing mural of peonies painted by LIULI’s top designers and artisans who travelled all the way from Asia. Through the emphasis on craftsmanship from artwork to gallery space, LIULI wishes to “continuously create art for the good of the heart.”

To commemorate the occasion, LIULI Crystal Art’s newly renovated gallery space is launching a new art collection whose design derives from Chinese mythological creatures and is inspired by the wisdom from ancient Chinese astrology.  The art brand is currently offering an all California sales-tax paid-for promotion through May 28.

LIULI’s special deal for gallery re-opening:

Special price available for select artworks from the new collection “Directional Clarity”, and CA sales tax of all your purchases on LIULI artworks will be covered by LIULI from now through 5/28.

 

Explore New LIULI Artwork Creations

 

Explore Our New Gallery at South Coast Plaza Mall

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Spring Garden Show 2018

At Home and At Zen

Garden of Zen

We have always believed that good art can elevate your state of consciousness—that it can elevate your mind and awaken the soul.  Art should naturally be beautiful; but only as beautiful as the inner peace in you that it reflects.

The 29th annual Orange County garden show opened today.  Having prepared months for the theme—“mind, body, and soil”—we invited our studio artists to design a space for the exhibit that is as much outwardly radiant and beautiful as it is introspective and meditative.

Bursting peonies at your feet lead in a clean and undisturbed path to a simple yet elegantly framed cabana.  This is the central focus of our exhibit.  And in the spotlight, the all-healing LIULI blue medicine Buddha.

Enjoying tea in the thick of a lush garden decorated with lotus flowers is one thing.  Doing so while meditating under the warm glow of radiant liuli glass is another.  One might emerge from this state of trance wondering if they’ve truly taken a visit to an artisan-crafted garden… or merely stepped foot into the sanctuary of their own heart.

LIULI’s “Garden of Zen” was exhibited there on April 26th through 29th, 2018

Spring Garden Show 2018
Garden Show at South Coast Plaza Mall


Collections on garden show exhibition




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The Five Directions: Wisdom from Ancient Chinese Astrology to Guide the Modern Path

Directional Clarity

A collection born from ancient stars

In ancient Chinese astrology, the stars were not merely points in the universe, but acted as guides to the human soul.  They were points on a celestial map that guided direction here on Earth—here in our hearts.

The most powerful motifs in ancient Eastern astrology are the four symbols—four mythological creatures that represent the cardinal compass directions:  Black tortoise, vermillion bird, azure dragon, and white tiger (north, south, east, and west respectively).  Together they form the mythical deities that guard the heavens and the earth.  This season, LIULI chose to represent them in a small but powerful collection that draws from ancient astrological wisdom.

As with all things interconnected, the four guardians in this series correspond with many elements.  Each deity possesses its own spirit and has been associated with one of the four seasons:  The joy that comes with spring is a manifestation of the powerful dragon; the wise tortoise (or xuanwu) embodies winter.  When combining all four of these cardinal directions, the fifth and final mythical yellow Qilin deity is uncovered to represent the “center”—a “direction” all on its own.  All five mythical creatures have been seen represented in art and astrology across East Asia from China to Korean and Vietnam. 

While astronomers may look with curiosity to the skies—with perfectly good reason—art often begs the viewer to look within.  For LIULI artists, the driving inspiration to understand the order of nature, the heavens, and earth, is to find direction in the world and to find an identity within oneself.  As with a boat in the middle of the sea, without the stars to guide our direction we may never truly know who and where we are. 

It is with this sentiment in mind that LIULI brings you…

Directional Clarity

A collection born from ancient stars 

The Collection: Directional Clarity 

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    An Inside Look at a VIP Curated Liuli Home Collection!

    Artworks come to life in myriad forms of curation.  One glass piece could reflect and re-illuminate the atmosphere of its home in hundreds of colors.  And it all begins with the right eye.

    Introducing Laurie Evans—LIULI VIP collector and good friend of the gallery.  When asked about why she collects liuli work, Evans responded, “I collect LIULI because the art comes from the heart of the artist and what inspires her; it feels personal….”

    Personal.  That’s what lies at the heart of good curating.  And having recently remodeled her house, Evans curates a unique collection that brings out the heart in the artist, and the heart in her home.   “Every piece I have speaks something different to me and represents something or someone special in my life

    Speak with a gallery specialist today about curating your home, for the good of the heart.

     

     

    Artwork:
    Lotus Water Fountain  |  Partition: Camellia of My Dreams

     

     

    Artwork: 
    Peach Blossom Spring - Narcissus

     

     

    Artwork:
    Flourish Through Practice  |  Heads Up!  |  Wings of Hope

     

     

    Artwork:
    Proof of Awareness  |  The Absolute  |  Your Tranquil Heart

     

     

    Artwork:
    Crimson Delights  |  Echo of Joy  |  Outstanding Beauty  |  Golden Cube of Fulfillment

     

     

    Artwork: 

    A Rich and Fertile Heart

     

     

    Artwork:
    Harmonious Home  |  Prosperous Golden Blooms -Golden Harmony

     

     

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    LIULI x Harry Winston Bespoke

     

    The dog year reminds us of some of the most deeply intrinsic values in relationships, most notably—loyalty.  As this New Year season continues, we are celebrating seven years of it with our old partner Harry Winston.

    Nothing gives the heart more wealth than the fortune of everlasting friendship and faith.  We invite you to celebrate that with us.

     

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    LIULI's Trunk Show of 2018

    LIULI's Trunk Show

    Last week, while children around the world were tearing open red envelopes and stuffing their faces with “Nian Gao” (sticky cake) some of LIULI’s most stunning art pieces were being displayed at trunk shows across America!  In celebrating old ties with Gump’s and Wynn, and new ones with Saks Fifth Avenue, we salute the dog and raise a toast to loyalty!  Check out some of the photos below! 


    SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
    South Coast Plaza Mall, Costa Mesa, CA


     

     

     

     



    WYNN ENCORE HOMESTORE
    Las Vegas, NV



    GUMP'S SAN FRANCISCO
    San Francisco, CA


     


     

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    12 Dogs, 12 Lunar Cycles, 12 Traditions to Share with the World

    Lunar New Year Exhibition

    Lunar New Year Festivities at South Coast Plaza

    On View, Feb 14th – March 4th

     Visit The Collection: Year of the Dog, Longing for a Pure Existence

    Did you know?  The art medium known as papier-mâché is practiced worldwide, but has its roots in Chinese history! This year, our artists continued the papier-mâché style and crafted twelve playful puppies to welcome in the Year of the Dog.  At Center Wide, South Coast Plaza, Tuesday, we looked on beaming as families gathered ‘round to revel in the celebrations and traditions that these artworks bring.  12 designs in total, for 12 lunar cycles of the year… explore the gallery now!

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    Summoning the Luck of the Eight Fortunes

    What is the Luck of the Eight Fortunes?

    On history and artwork drawn from sutras and ancient scriptures

     

    In designing the new collection to kick start 2018, LIULI studio craftsmen drew from the deep and millennia-old traditions of Buddhist scriptures and Eastern philosophy.  The collection, titled “Implement Auspiciousness, the Rest will Follow,” radiates with sheer opulence while maintaining a grounded feeling of wisdom and serenity.

    The three-part collection showcases an allusion to the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama’s journey to enlightenment, a Hindu-inspired set of lavishly adorned elephants, and the fiery spirit of a determined and charging bull.  Here, we outline some of the history and inspiration behind each mini-series, the overture to a new year, and the new fortunes that await.

     

    EIGHT AUSPICIOUS OFFERINGS

     

    Artifact

     Symbolism

    Combats 

     Vase of Treasure

    Accommodation

    Frustration

     Dharma Wheel

    Advancement

    Overwhelming Obstacles 

    Victory Banner

    Insight

    Confusion

    White Conch

    Peace

    Turmoil

    Pair of Golden Fish

    Vitality

    Weary in Body and Mind

     Precious Umbrella

    Safety

    Unrest

     Lotus Flower

    Wonder

    Negativity

    Auspicious Diagram

    Persistence 

    Discouragement

     

    In Buddhism, “auspiciousness” translates to more than mere material fortunes and riches; it is a blessing of hope for a fulfilled life—a life of meaning.  To have an auspicious life filled with wonder and meaning comes from our deepest desire for a stable world and a peaceful heart.

    LIULI craftsmen understood that to a bring artwork that truly wished for the fortunes of a new year, they would have to create something that is intrinsically good for the heart and spirit.  Beyond the opulence that may satisfy one’s physical needs, art—or artifacts and offerings—serve to remind one of mindfulness, and of clarity.

     

    SIX TUSKED ELEPHANT UNIVERSAL LIGHT

     

    In this Hindu art-inspired mini-series in the grand 2018 New Year collection, artists take painstaking detail to the next level in the rich and baroque-like ornamentation of Buddhist-aesthetic elephants.

    Titled, “Six Tusked Elephants of Universal Light,” the artwork here draws from ancient Buddhist scriptures that allude to the step-by-step attainment of universal light and dharma.  In a deep vow for the practice of dharma, the artwork here in all its extravagance symbolizes the wish to strive for kindness, the commitment toward not only tranquility and peace but to mindfulness.

    The elephants, sacred in their wisdom and benevolence, are illuminated here in pure transparent crystal.  Together, they bring a blessing of compassion, practicing mindfulness for self and for all living beings on Earth.  And in that way, one’s existence in the universe can be immediately illuminated like the light of a thousand candles.

     

    FEARLESS AND UNDOUBTED

     

    To conclude the three-part overture here, in anticipation of a bright future full of riches and fortune, LIULI artists all the sentiments of these artworks and charge forward—quite literally.  Departing from the ornamented style of the series, craftsmen purposefully sculpt a piece that expresses a spirit of determination.

    In taking that spirit of persistence, we are reminded that fortunes and mindfulness are not mere attainments, but a state of mind that must be practiced.  The wish, inspired by dharma and ancient wisdom, is more than just a blessing—it is practicing the good in our hearts; it is being eternally mindful and benevolent.

     

     

     

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    LIULI and the Companionship of Dogs - A Story of Loyalty

    LIULI and the Companionship of Dogs - A Story of Loyalty

     

    Year of the Dog - Longing for a Pure Existence

     

    When Loretta H. Yang and Chang Yi founded Liu Li Gong Fang, the lights of the Tamshui studio outside Taipei was almost always lit at midnight.  Inside, you would find the artists sweating profusely with the labor of failed attempts, hands cut with glass and burnt with molten crystal, clay-stained and bruised.  From time to time, Chang would retreat outside to the cool Taiwanese midwinter air, finding a stray or two and feeding them whatever they had left.  And so one or two became three or four until the studio housed nothing but artists and stray animals.  This is the story of the beginnings of LIULI Crystal Art.

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