Emergence of the Dragon

Emergence of the Dragon

Part 2 of the Groundbreaking Liuli Treasure Vase Collection

Posted: January 22, 2016

Over five years ago, LIULI’s studios released “Dancing Blooms, Flying Fish, Spring Lights Converge,” a collection of dazzling treasure vases that had never before been seen in the art world.  Using pioneering techniques in glasswork, artisans expressed movements and colors that most could only imagine in dreams.  Groundbreaking as it was, the collection of dancing flowers and goldfish was simply the first step to a greater calling in contemporary liuli art.

“Emergence of the Dragon,” releasing in the U.S. today, stands out as the apex of strength and spirit in the mastery of the liuli art form.  As Part 2 of the treasure vase repertoire, the new collection brings to light new techniques, and refines old ones.

Much like the first generation of bao pings (treasure vases) the dragon bao pings combine mouth-blowing with pate-de-verre, applying luminous sheets of gold and—newly introduced—silver foil.  The layers of complexity can be seen in the seven to nine layers of liuli in each piece.  Among the minute details are natural air bubbles, a life force that almost seem to rise with the power of the dragons.

Also inspired by the Chinese elemental forces of nature, the collection has a total of five pieces respective to each element—metal, wood, water, fire and earth.  Pervading the artworks is an aura containing dynamic movement and austere stillness.  Sharply contrasting feelings are complimented by sharply contrasting colors.  These vivid hues include jade greens and golden reds that come from the spirit of the seasons.

That yin-yang balance of explosions and calmness represents a power innate in Chinese philosophies and spirit.  Being both controlled and untamed, it is a raw form of strength that translates to an inner beauty.  That inner beauty is, in turn, protected with thousands of years of traditions and culture—a motif represented by the bao ping.  And only with twenty-eight years of hard-earned labor and practice can such an expression emerge from LIULI art.  Thus, emerging from the fantastically imaginative studios of LIULI is “Emergence of the Dragon,” a force to be reckoned with.

 


Photo Gallery (Click to Enlarge):


Click to Enlarge: Eternal Peace Baoping

Click to Enlarge: Ethereal Chime Baoping

 Click to Enlarge: Fiery Illumination Baoping

Click to Enlarge: Dragon Rising Baoping

Click to Enlarge: Heavenly Exaltation Baoping

Click to Enlarge: Eternal Peace Baoping

Click to Enlarge: Ethereal Chime Baoping

Click to Enlarge: Fiery Illumination Baoping

Click to Enlarge: Dragon Rising Baoping

Click to Enlarge: Heavenly Exaltation Baoping

 

 

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