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With a Will, a Way -American Bald Eagle, Marks Our Very First Anniversary at South Coast Plaza

Exclusive American Bald Eagle for U.S. Collectors.

The Artwork: With a Will, a Way - American Bald Eagle

Dear fans and readers,

This month marks our very first anniversary here at South Coast Plaza. To commemorate this important moment, it gives us great pleasure to offer you a new work of art, “With a Will, a Way,” available exclusively in the United States. We believe it conveys the sense of wonder and the thrill of the chase we have felt throughout a year spent pursuing our dreams here. We could think of no better subject to represent who we are and what we strive for than the bald eagle, symbol of America itself.

No one who has ever seen a bald eagle hunt its prey in the American wilderness has ever forgotten it. This majestic raptor plunges from the heavens toward the water below like a dart of fire, burning eyes fixed on its quarry. For the briefest instant when the eagle strikes, the waves burst skyward, melding with the eagle’s glistening body in a marriage of heaven and earth as it snatches its prey and carries it aloft in a single swoop of fearsome grace and power. In years long since forgotten, such scenes gave birth to the legend that the mighty eagle was the messenger between the gods above and the mortals below.

This large LIULI sculpture embodies just such an instant. Forged in fire using the pâte-de-verre technique, it captures the texture of the eagle’s features in rigorous detail. The glass appears to flow in seamless motion from the base of the waves to the very tips of the bird’s upstretched wings. But our artists have moved beyond the mere imitation of America’s wild natural heritage to capture the stuff of its legends, the eagle’s indomitable courage, freedom and certainty of victory. For Americans – and for us – the eagle is an idea as well as a bird: a national symbol, standing for the liberty and unbounded success that America strives for. Perhaps the poet Marianne Moore had the same ideal in mind when he penned these lines:

"Victory won’t come to me unless I go to it."

We hope you enjoy “With a Will, a Way,” our homage to America, and we look forward to sharing our work with you for many more years to come.

Yours sincerely,

The LIULI U.S.A Team


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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