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A Chinese Liuli Flower - Artist Edition

Imminent Spring Dance
Artist Edition
22.00"L x 19.00"D x 31.00"H inches
Limited Edition: 16pcs

Imminent Spring Dance
Collector Edition
10.90"L x 10.40"D x 15.40"H inches
Limited Edition: 880pcs

Imminent Spring Dance
Special Edition
3.80"L x 3.40"D x 5.60"H inches
Limited Edition: 2,800pcs


Each and every flower is an inquiry into life.
A Moment of bloom, enduring beauty.
Subtle, unspoken,
Rumblings of a persistent flourishing.
Such is the flower, Such is life.


A Chinese LIULI Flower breaks through the confines of sculpture and color. A large flower blossoms in brilliance, proposing a statement on the life condition; the folds and undulation of the stems and leaves illustrates the laws of nature. Layers of colors produced through the Color Placement technique generate naturalistic and colorful blooms as the re-firing technique used for the flower, stem and leaves pay homage to the return to nature. The flowers created by Yang explore the mysteries of life through LIULI.

As in classic Chinese literature, Imminent Spring Dance compares a virtuous person with an orchid and sings praises of its exalted elegance. The flower is presented in a graceful coil, comprehensive yet not exposed, unfolding at leisure. Lustrous like a new leaf, it sweeps across the petals. Singular Elegance shows a camellia after the bitter winter, in bloom, in still indifference as its broad leaves envelop the flower and pistils. The design’s unpolished lower base is made to resemble the surface of a mountain, highlighting the camellia’s resilient will and drawing attention to the flower’s internal characteristics and its environment. In doing this, the artist introduces a unique take on the camellia’s proudly blossoming independence and willpower.

The design Sunny Day showcases the exuberant passion of the parrot tulip in fiery resplendence. The flower in bloom is like an elegant dancer in graceful undulation; the branches and leaves are imagined in an abstract sphere. The raised stroke is like the dancer’s twirling dress as the flower blooms in salutation. The re-firing technique creates a lifelike flower while the Color Placement technique creates a lushness in the petals. To express the ideology behind the laws of nature, the artist conjured the passion of the parrot tulip.

Song of the Morning Flower takes inspiration from the hibiscus syriacus and is shaped like a small trumpet as if heralding life through a morning song. In bold bloom high or low, far or wide, in sun or shade, this flower is the manifestation of a survivor. Arising through Contentment takes flight in the form of the illuminated iris. With leaves like daggers and flowers like butterflies, the design enlarges the texture of these elements to accentuate the vast tension between the two. Its leaves move like the surging tide, its flowers stand proudly upon the branch; a contrast between soft and severe, a harmonious dichotomy. The quietude and pose projected by the bluish-purple hibiscus conveys a gentle strength as it reveals layers of dazzling color.

Loretta H. Yang uses the Color Placement technique in A Chinese LIULI Flower to present her most passionate source of inspiration - the flower. Through failed attempts, through night and then through day, through the heat of blazing kilns, there were no answers, there was no praise. 60 days of work would often result in failure and necessitate starting over. But throughout a quarter century, it is that creative persistency that has remained unchanged.

LIULIGONGFANG carries the cultural pride and passion of the Chinese people deep within our hearts. On the anniversary of our 25th year, we present to you: A Chinese LIULI Flower.



IMMINENT SPRING DANCE


Design Ref. No.: AAGX002A2012
Size: 22.00"L x 19.00"W x 31.00"H inches
Material: Crystal Glass
Technique: Pate de Verre (Lost Wax Casting)
Limited Edition: 16 pieces (Worldwide)

Museum Collection:
2013 National Art Museum of China, Beijing

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BLOOM OF A NEW WORLD


Design Ref. No.: AAGX001A2012
Size: 26.00"L x 14.00"W x 24.00"H inches
Material: Crystal Glass
Technique: Pate de Verre (Lost Wax Casting)
Limited Edition: 16 pieces (Worldwide)

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SUNNY DAY


Design Ref. No.: AAGX003A2012
Size: 24.00"L x 18.00"W x 26.00"H inches
Material: Crystal Glass
Technique: Pate de Verre (Lost Wax Casting)
Limited Edition: 16 pieces (Worldwide)

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ARISING THROUGH CONTENTMENT


Design Ref. No.: AAGX004A2012
Size: 30.00"L x 20.00"W x 24.00"H inches
Material: Crystal Glass
Technique: Pate de Verre (Lost Wax Casting)
Limited Edition: 16 pieces (Worldwide)

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SINGULAR ELEGANCE


Design Ref. No.: AAGX006A2012
Size: 31.00"L x 22.00"W x 27.00"H inches
Material: Crystal Glass
Technique: Pate de Verre (Lost Wax Casting)
Limited Edition: 16 pieces (Worldwide)

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SONG OF THE MORNING FLOWER


Design Ref. No.: AAGX005A2012
Size: 27.00"L x 15.20"W x 16.30"H inches
Material: Crystal Glass
Technique: Pate de Verre (Lost Wax Casting)
Limited Edition: 16 pieces (Worldwide)

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Artist/Founder Loretta H. Yang leads a team of experienced artisans to create arts that honor the richness of cultural heritage and value.

Step No. 1: Design and sculpting

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Step 2 of the process involves coating our original clay sculpture in silicone. Layer after layer (3 to 7 layers) is fastidiously coated to produce a negative mold, a crucial step in capturing the prevision of the sculpture. Each layer must dry completely before additional layer is applied, thickness must be uniform to prevent leakage of wax. Once complete, the clay is removed to reveal a negative silicone mold.

Step No. 2: Silicone molding

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Pour molten wax into the negative silicone mold.

Step No. 3: Infusion of molten wax. Fill wax into a negative mold.

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Once wax has solidified and cooled, release the wax form by carefully peeling back the silicone mold. Like a butterfly molting, the silicon is shed to reveal a positive wax form.

Step No. 4: Shedding of silicon mold to obtain the wax form

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A careful refinement of the wax sculpture. Because every microinch and subtlety plays its own role in the grand scheme of beauty. Our artists refine the wax mold to its final perfection.

Step No. 5: Wax form refinement; removing imperfections

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The wax mold is placed on a wooden plank in a metal container and plaster is poured and solidified. Embedding wax form with fire-resistant plaster.

Step No. 6: Coating the wax sculpture with plaster to form a refractory mold

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Wax is steamed out of the plaster under high heat yielding a negative plaster mold.

Step No. 7: Removal of wax with steam—the essence of the “lost-wax” process

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Liuli ingredients are created through unique firing and processing of glass. Color and size appropriate pieces are placed within the plaster and fired.

Step No 8: Choosing color; kiln firing

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Fire and melt. Under intense heat, a new vision of transparency and clarity is born.

Step No. 9: Re-firing at 1,400 degrees Celsius

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Extreme patience and care are necessary when removing the plaster to prevent damage.

Step No. 10: Removal of plaster mold

When the art pieces emerge, our masters step in to carefully chip away the plaster mold. Like excavating fragile archaeological relics, one false move and you're left with broken shards.

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First comes die-cutting - smoothing the crystal down to the last microinch. Rough polish, removal of excess support, refinement and fine surface polish with a high-speed fabric wheel.

Step No. 11: Retouching of details; burnishing and polishing

Our artist refines and re-polishes each and every detail yet again.

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An etched number on the base of each piece indicates its limited edition and reminds us to never stop creating. After the engraving - an official LIULI artwork is born.

Step No.12: Final inspection; etching of serial number; packaging