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Founding Artist and Museum Collection

 

LORETTA H. YANG

CHANG YI

Loretta H. Yang’s work has met with admiration and astonishment almost in equal measure, bridging, as it has distinctively, very diverse worlds, differing glass cultures, and ancient artistic and iconographic traditions.”

--- Andrew Brewerton, Director of The National Art Museum of China

Loretta H. Yang 杨惠姗, Glass Artist & Founder
Taiwan, 1952 - Present

Loretta H. Yang is the pioneering artist behind contemporary Chinese liuli glass.  She has devoted her life to the art of liuli for more than three decades and in the process has revived the ancient Chinese technique of glass casting and instigated the contemporary glass art movement in Asia.  Yang’s creative artistry was honed during her work as an acclaimed actor in the 70s and 80s.   A two time recipient of the Best Actress Award at the Golden Horse Awards and Best Actress Award recipient at the Asia Pacific Film Festival, she left the industry at the height of her career to pursue the calling of contemporary liuli art.  Yang’s sculptures are imbued with a rich Chinese heritage and have been acquired for the permanent collections of renowned museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Palace Museum at the Forbidden City in Beijing and the New York Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.

 

Click to Enlarge The Way of Bodhisattva

Exhibited At

MUSEE DES ARTS DECORATIFS
Paris

The Way of Bodhisattva
Size: 24.80"W x 7.87"L x 6.30"H
Limited Edition: 8 pieces Worldwide
Year of Collection: 2015

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Click to Enlarge The Pumpkin Box

Exhibited At

VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
London U.K.

The Pumpkin Box
Size: 9.06"W x 9.06"L x 6.30"H
Limited Edition: 87 pieces Worldwide
Year of Collection: 2010

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Click to Enlarge The Beauty of Non

Exhibited At

MUSEE NATIONAL DE CERAMIQUE DE SEVRES
France

The Beauty of Non
Size: 35.43"W x 19.69"L x 19.69"H inches
Limited Edition: 8 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 2011

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Click to Enlarge The Proof of Awareness

Exhibited At

CORNING MUSEUM OF GLASS
NY, U.S.A.

The Proof of Awareness
Size: 30.00"W x 27.00"L x 13.00"H inches
Limited Edition: 8 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 2007

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Click to Enlarge The Proof of Awareness

Exhibited At

MUSEUM OF ARTS & DESIGN
NY, U.S.A.

The Proof of Awareness
Size: 30.00"W x 27.00"L x 13.00"H inches
Limited Edition: 8 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 2007

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Click to Enlarge A Great Wish

Exhibited At

BOWERS MUSEUM
Los Angeles, CA U.S.A.

A Great Wish
Size: 23.62"W x 13.00"L x 11.42"H inches
Limited Edition: 8 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 2001

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Click to Enlarge A Great Wish

Exhibited At

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS
Washington D.C., U.S.A.

A Great Wish
Size: 23.62"W x 13.00"L x 11.42"H inches
Limited Edition: 8 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 1997

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A Great Wish (Special Edition)

 

 

Click to Enlarge A Great Wish

Exhibited At

YAKUSHIJI TEMPLE
Nara, Japan

Bhaisajyayuru Vaidurya Prabhasa, Seated Buddha
Limited Edition: 20 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 1995

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Click to Enlarge A Great Wish

Exhibited At

GLASMUSEET EBELTOFT
Denmark

Springtime Dance
Size: 30.00"W x 30.00"L x 24.50"H inches
Limited Edition: 16 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 2010

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Click to Enlarge The Pure Spring Reflects the Orchid

Exhibited At

MUSEO DEL VIDRIO
Monterrey Mexico

The Pure Spring Reflects the Orchid
Size: 25.20" x 6.70"
Limited Edition: 8 pieces Worldwide
Year of Collection: 2000

Click to Enlarge Between Heaven and Earth

Exhibited At

THE PALACE MUSEUM
Beijing, China

Between Heaven and Earth
Size: 39.37"W x 4.72"L x 31.50"H inches
Limited Edition: 8 pieces Worldwide
Year of Collection: 1998

 

 

Click to Enlarge Healing Hand

Exhibited At

THE PALACE MUSEUM
Beijing, China

Healing Hand
Size: 1.97"W x 10.24"L x 19.69"H inches
Limited Edition: 15 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 1993

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Click to Enlarge Releasing Light

Exhibited At

THE PALACE MUSEUM
Beijing, China

Releasing Light
Size: 27.56"W x 27.56"L x 72.05"H
Limited Edition: 8 pieces Worldwide
Year of Collection: 1998

 

 

Click to Enlarge Life Eternal

Exhibited At

THE PALACE MUSEUM
Beijing, China

Life Eternal
Size: 39.37"W x 19.69"L x 19.69"H
Limited Edition: 8 pieces Worldwide
Year of Collection: 1998

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Click to Enlarge Amitabha Buddha Figurine

Exhibited At

THE PALACE MUSEUM
Beijing, China

Amitabha
Size: 8.66"W x 8.66"L x 32.68"H inches
Limited Edition: 20 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 1993

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Click to Enlarge Bhaisajyayuru Vaidurya Prabhasa, Seated Buddha

Exhibited At

THE PALACE MUSEUM
Beijing, China

Bhaisajyayuru Vaidurya Prabhasa, Seated Buddha
Limited Edition: 20 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 1993

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Click to Enlarge Sympathy

Exhibited At

THE PALACE MUSEUM
Beijing, China

Sympathy
Limited Edition: 24 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 1993

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Click to Enlarge Candy Box with Goldfish Shaped Cover

Exhibited At

THE PALACE MUSEUM
Beijing, China

Candy Box with Goldfish Shaped Cover
Limited Edition: 140 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 1993

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Click to Enlarge Climb High 1993

Exhibited At

THE PALACE MUSEUM
Beijing, China

Climb High 1993
Limited Edition: 287 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 1993

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Click to enlarge Imminent Spring Dance

Exhibited At

NATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF CHINA
Beijing, China

Imminent Spring Dance
Size: 22"W x 19"L x 31"H inches
Limited Edition: 16 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 2013

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Click to Enlarge The Thirty-six Mudras

Exhibited At

SHANGHAI ARTS MUSEUM
Shanghai, China

The Thirty-six Mudras
Size (each): 5.31"W x 3.15"L x 5.31"H inches
Limited Edition: 36 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 1995

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Click to Enlarge Ancient Tunhuang

Exhibited At

DUNHUANG ACADEMY CHINA
Gansu, China

Ancient Tunhuang
Size: 17.72"W x 13.78"L x 32.68"H inches
Limited Edition: 8 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 2000

Click to Enlarge The Guanyin of Thousand Eyes and Arms

Exhibited At

DUNHUANG ACADEMY CHINA
Gansu, China

The Guanyin of Thousand Arms and Eyes
Year of Collection: 2000

 

 

Click to Enlarge Thousand Arms, Thousand Eyes

Exhibited At

THE SHANGHAI EXPO CHINA PAVILION
Conference Room

Thousand Arms, Thousand Eyes,
Possessing the Knowledge of Sorrow
Size: 16.73"W x 30.71"L x 39.37"H inches
Year of Collection: 2010

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Click to Enlarge Healing Hand

Exhibited At

TSUI MUSEUM OF ART
Hong Kong, China

Healing Hand
Size: 1.97"W x 10.24"L x 19.69"H inches
Limited Edition: 15 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 1996

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Click to Enlarge Billion of Buddhas in Human

Exhibited At

GUANGDONG MUSEUM OF ART
Guangzhou China

Billion of Buddhas in Human
Size: 37.80"W x 22.44"L x 9.06"H inches
Limited Edition: 8 pieces Worldwide
Year of Collection: 1999

Click to Enlarge The Wisdom of a Big Round Mirror

Exhibited At

GUAN SHANYUE ART MUSEUM
Shenzhen, China

The Wisdom of a Big Round Mirror
Size: 15.75"W x 15.75"L x 7.09"H inches
Limited Edition: 20 pieces Worldwide
Year of Collection: 1999

 

 

Click to Enlarge Plum Blossoms Welcome a Joyous Spring

Exhibited At

QINHUANGDAO MUSEUM OF GLASS
Hebei China

Plum Blossoms Welcome a Joyous Spring
Size: 23.62"W x 23.62"L x 11.02"H inches
Limited Edition: 16 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 2012

Click to Enlarge The Flower of Meditation Speaks the Truth of Dharma

Exhibited At

QINHUANGDAO MUSEUM OF GLASS
Hebei, China

The Flower of Meditation Speaks the Truth of Dharma
Size: 28.35"W x 7.48"L x 6.30"H inches
Limited Edition: 8 pieces worldwide
Year of Collection: 2012

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“Through Asian philosophy and contemporary design, Loretta H. Yang and Chang Yi have given Chinese LIULI new meaning--- this is the methodology behind their creative designs. They have grasped the aesthetic qualities and observed the foundation of the material to create a unique LIULI language.”

--- Di’an Fan, Director of The National Art Museum of China

Chang Yi 张毅, Glass Artist & Founder, Marketing Director
Taiwan, 1951 - Present

To revive the lost art of Chinese liuli, esteemed Taiwanese film director Chang Yi founded LIULI Crystal Art with artist Loretta H. Yang. The New York Times has dubbed Chang “Father of the Asia Studio Glass Movement”.  Chang’s vision unites contemporary liuli art with traditional craft art through a cultural lens.  He treats liuli as a courier for love and death, reality and illusion, light and shadow, complete resplendence and shattered disillusionment. Chang Yi’s style is uninhibited and free-spirited; he bestows his work with boundless possibilities and looks to literature and Zen Buddhism as his creative guides.

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Click to Enlarge A Realm of Zen within Fire - Parrot Tulip

Exhibited At

MUSEE DES ARTS DECORATIFS
Paris

A Realm of Zen within Fire - Parrot Tulip
Year of Collection: 2015

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Click to Enlarge Free Mind Inexpressible in Words

Exhibited At

NATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF CHINA
Beijing, China

Free Mind Inexpressible in Words
Year of Collection: 2013

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Click to Enlarge THE SHANGHAI EXPO CHINA PAVILION

Exhibited At

THE SHANGHAI EXPO CHINA PAVILION
Shanghai, China

Free Mind from Knowing the Essentiality of All Buddhist Teachings
Year of Collection: 2010

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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