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LIULI Kid’s Workshop

 Unveiling Final Little Masterpieces by Our Youth Artist!

 In May of this year we hosted a beautiful event inviting the local youth of Orange County to learn the tradition of Pâte de Verre and sculpt something from their imagination.

Crystal sculpting is a long process, but the patience pays off.  Now… the kids’ works have been fired, re-fired, polished, and are finally returning to us.

This is one of our favorite events: Imparting tradition, sharing the craft of beauty, and passing heritage from skilled hand… to the future’s hope.  We have posted a photo gallery online displaying the masterpieces of the young virtuosos.  Check them out and follow us on social media to get updates on more coming exhibits and events!

LIULI Kid's Workshop 2019
Unveiling the Final Works

 

 

Art Education for Next Generations

In conjunction to the exhibit, LIULI Kids Workshop run for children between age 7-12 on May 4 and May 11. These hands-on workshops introduce the next generation to liuli art and culture. All participants create their own pate de verre design from clay molding and sculpturing during the workshop, and their clay prototypes will then be turned into liuli art and exhibited at LIULI Gallery at South Coast Plaza to ring in the 2019 holiday season.

Leading the workshop are Liuligongfang’s very own team of designers and artisans. They teach the children how to harness their powers of observation to draft, sculpt, conceptualize and apply color. Liuligongfang hopes that through this workshop, kids will gain an appreciation for creating something with their own hands and build upon their self-confidence. This creative experience will demystify contemporary glass art, provide cultural exposure and create an exchange between Eastern and Western cultures.

LIULI Kid's Workshop 2019
Event Photos

 

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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