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A Treasure for All Generations - For a Glorious Future, Acknowledge the Past

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For a Glorious Future, Acknowledge the Past.

"Ding" is a pictographic word. Its upper part looks like a vessel, while the lower one is the feet of the vessel. The earliest function of the ding was as a cooking vessel; it eventually became a ceremonial vessel. Generally speaking, "ding" can be classified into two kinds: three-foot round ones and four-foot square ones; or it can be divided into those with a lid or those without. Each ding reflect the attitudes, values and beliefs of their times. The totems found on the ding combines the knowledge of the people and their aesthetic ideals. The inscriptions, from simple symbols and emblems to complex descriptions of hundreds of words, includes descriptions of family emblems, ceremonial rituals, rewards, political conquests, treaties and the laws and institutions; they are a representation of the culture of those times. 

A Treasure for All Generations

Bear witness to
A proud existence
Across thousands of years.
The light and color of LIULI
Pass through the patina of the Bronze Age
To chronicle
Generations of life wisdom.

子子孫孫永寶用

千年日月
見證
一個一個傲然的存在
琉璃的光和色彩
穿越青銅的歲月綠鏽
重新鐫刻
世世代代的生命智慧

Dragon Ding
Exultation of Heaven and Earth Ding

Phoenix Ding
Grace of the Phoenix Ding
 
 

 The inscription “A Treasure for All Generations” (子子孫孫永寶用) originated from the Western Zhou Dynasty in hopes that through the ding, the legacy of the family would be passed on for generations to come. The ding thus became an important spiritual and cultural symbol passed on through the generations.


References for Ding:

Everything about Ding  |  Wikipedia: Ding (Vessel)  |  Nine Tripod Cauldrons

Ancient Chinese Vessel (Ding)



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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