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The Most Intrepid Force is Born From Quietude (Year of the RAM)

Golden Sheep to Illuminate the New Year
LIU LI GONG FANG’s Year of the Sheep Collection

The Collection: The Most Intrepid Force is Born from Quietude

The Chinese people have always paid close attention to the cycles of the Chinese zodiac. For 2015, LIULIGONGFANG presents a collection of golden sheep imbued with Eastern philosophy to introduce a brand new aesthetic to the animal. 

LIULIGONGFANG believes that design should be inclusive, it should incite the dialogue between people. This is why each and every LIULIGONGFANG collection proposes a concept, a story. The new Year of the Sheep collection The Most Intrepid Force is Born From Quietude depicts the animal through Loretta H. Yang’s vision - a gentle and mild creature who possesses a strength that is unspoken, humble, and unrelenting; it is this character that makes the sheep unique. Yang says that sheep remind her of an idea proposed in Laozi’s Tao Te Ching: the highest good is like water because water is the greatest nurturer, giving and never asking for anything in return. Inspired by the Chinese character 靜 (jing) which means tranquil or silent, Yang presents these sheep in transparent clarity, in hope of inducing a calm yet powerful force for the new year. The only color appears as highlights of gold foil, strategically applied by expert hands. The Most Intrepid Force is Born From Quietude gives the collector an unobstructed vision of light and shadow as it passes through the design and allows the viewer to discover the limitless possibilities of life.

Utilizing artistic license, Yang attaches wings to the sheep in With Wings, I Soar. The soaring sheep squints its eyes and purses its lips to remind us to retain a positive attitude for a promising future. Wings represent the dreams we all possess. May our wings unfurl in the upcoming year, may our dreams take flight.

Each design conveys a specific blessing. Convergence of Strength symbolizes the strength of teamwork and the resulting and shared success. The elegant sheep in Traipsing Through Clouds symbolizes good fortune, wisdom and longevity. A sheep frolics amongst peonies in Auspicious Flowers, conveying best wishes for the new year. To welcome the Year of the Sheep, Yang has also created a large-scale design around the idea of “ascent”. A design that encourages us to be the best that we can be, it will be available in the new year. 


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


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


Pour molten wax into the negative silicone mold.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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