Reviving A Lost Art
For thousands of years, Chinese glass workers were adept in pâte de verre, or lost-wax casting, but the craft was eventually forgotten. When Loretta H. Yang and Chang Yi revived this two-thousand-year-old glass casting technique of the Han Dynasty, they also reintroduced it into the international arena, highlighting the richness of Asian artistry and the profundity of Eastern philosophy.
Pâte de verre
Pâte de verre is one of many techniques used in creating glass art. The pâte de verre technique used by LIULI is a complex twelve-step process which allows the artisan to include minute details in each piece. Each step must be meticulously performed to prevent breakage, irregular air pockets, and impurities.
Through a process of constant experimentation, the artisans at LIULI have developed a unique fusion of ancient Chinese tradition and modern design. In reviving the technique of pâte de verre, the founders have come to be lauded as the “pioneer of Liuli art” and the “father of the Asian studio glass movement.”
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LIULI is the embodiment of culture, spirit, life, philosophy, and passion. Each one-of-a-kind creation has its own story.
Each piece of LIULI artwork comes with a dedicated poem, telling its unique story, imparting a blessing, inspiring conversation, and connecting the viewer with the heart of the artist.
Color is a creative expression of the artist.
Most LIULI creations are infused with color, so as to create a vivid and elegant experience of joy, love, and benevolence, thereby generating a positive energy which helps to release tension and stress.
Some pieces are completely free of all color, an expression of purity and peace of mind. As a creative medium, colorless glass has the capacity to draw in ambient light, reflecting the philosophy of mutability and constant change.
Each edition is produced in a limited quantity and each piece is numbered on the underside, allowing the owner to possess a distinct, original piece of art which speaks to the commitment of our artisans–each of whom strives to make each piece as unique as you are.
LIULI’s Symbol: The Peony
LIULI’s logo, the peony, appears on its packaging, and also features prominently in its artwork and interior design. With its lush, full, rounded blooms, the peony is seen as the embodiment of confidence, prosperity, and passion for life. Since the Tang Dynasty (617–907 AD) the peony has been known as “the king of flowers.” Legend has it that Empress Wu Zetian, who reigned between 690 and 705 AD, ordered all the flowers in the imperial garden to bloom on a cold winter night.
The next day, all the flowers were in bloom, except for the peonies, due to their unyielding and determined nature.
LIULI China Museum (Shanghai)
Founded by Yang and Chang, the LIULI China Museum is Asia’s first all-encompassing glass-art museum, and displays over 260 pieces of glass art. In addition to its unique architecture, the museum includes a facility for research and the exchange of knowledge between Eastern and Western glass artists.
The museum’s exterior features peony flowers sculpted from delicate metal wires, conveying a look which is both traditional and fashionably modern. The 5,025 petals, all handmade, weigh 1.5 tons; each is 54 inches wide, and installation took three months.