For thousands of years, the Chinese exhibited a passion and adeptness for pâte de verre, or the lost craft of wax casting. But the craft was subsequently forgotten. When Loretta H. Yang and Chang Yi revived the craft, they also reintroduced it into the international arena. They brought forth Asian heritage and innovation of a two-thousand-years-old Han Dynasty glass casting technique pâte de verre and shines a light on the richness of Eastern philosophy and creativity that connect with the world.
Pâte de verre
Pâte-de-verre is one of many techniques used in creating Liuli art. The Liuli pate-de-verre technique involves a complex twelve-step process per creation. The advantage of this technique is the potential for incredible details. Each step must be performed without error to prevent breakage, irregular air pockets or impurities.
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Experimentation in pate-de-verre is constantly expanding the creative realm of Liuli. With a continuous learning process, the artists immersed themselves into the art–blending ancient Chinese tradition with modern design. In reviving the technique of pâte de verre, they have earned the titles of “Liuli Art Pioneer” and “Father of the Asian Studio Glass Movement.”
LIULI is the embodiment of culture, spirit, life, philosophy, and passion. Each is one-of-a-kind, with a story.
Each artwork has a dedicated, unique poem that speaks for its story and meaning behind. With poetry, each artwork creation carries specific message of blessings, and a source of strength.
It is because of this poetry that each piece inspires conversation. Whether that story is in the mind or heart of the artist or in the here and now with the owner, or the gift receiver. In the realm of art, it all connects with purpose.
Color is an intentional choice, and a creative expression of artists.
In most creations, we infuse color to create a vivid and elegant experience of joy, love, and benevolence, which then guide our behavior, practices, and creation of art. Our art helps to release tension and stress by providing a positive influence.
Sometimes, we remove all colors in order to reach a state of purity of mind. Liuli as a creative medium, it has the capacity to draw light through and within. It gives liuli a speculative quality that reflects philosophy of life.
The pieces are limited editions that are numbered on the underside of each creation. The set quantity allows the owner to possess a distinct, original piece of art which speaks to the commitment of our artists–who strive to make each piece as unique as you are. We limit the number of pieces created to foster an environment where our artists are constantly engaged in the creation process.
Peony as LIULI’s brand symbol
With their lush, full, rounded blooms, peonies, embodiment of confidence, prosperity and passion of life, are often referred to as “The King of Flowers” in Eastern cultures since the Tang Dynasty (617-907 AD). Legend has it, Empress Wu Zetian, who reigned the Tang Dynasty between 690-705 AD , ordered all flowers in the emperor garden to bloom in a cold winter night. The next day, almost all flowers were bloomed by obeying her order, but only peony didn’t. It is because peony’s unyielding and determined characteristics, LIULI chooses it as our brand signifier. We use the symbol in art creation, packaging, and interior design.
LIULI China Museum (Shanghai)
Founded by Yang and Chang, LIULI China Museum is Asia’s first all-encompassing liuli art museum that holds over 260 pieces of liuli artifacts. It is a unique public art in its architectural exterior, a facility for research and knowledge exchange between the Eastern and the Western glass artists.
5,025 petals, all handmade, weighted 1.5 tons, 54 inches wide, 3 months of installation. The peony flower on the exterior were sculpted from delicate metal wires, which makes it looks fashionably modern but maintains the taste of its traditional elements at the same time.