Ceramic Industry

LIULI Celebrates U.S. Expansion with Second Anniversary in San Francisco

May 28, 2010

LIULI, the Shanghai-based glass art company specializing in pate-de-verre methods of glass sculpting, is celebrating its continued growth in the U.S. with the two-year anniversary of LIULI Gallery San Francisco. Since the gallery’s opening in 2008, LIULI has opened two additional retail locations in New York and Los Angeles, and the collections have been received with enthusiasm by U.S. audiences.

Founded by artist and former Taiwanese film star Loretta Hui-Shan Yang in 1987, LIULI has established exhibits around the globe and boasts more than 60 galleries in Asia, as well as an online retail site. In addition to LIULI’s heirloom-quality sculptural art pieces known as LIULI Collection, the company also offers LIULI Living, which includes first-of-its-kind stemware and serveware pieces, and LIULI Plux, a line of jewelry and accessories featuring exquisite details in luminous glass. Yang, who remains involved with the company as its creative director, insists that the design of each LIULI piece strives to reflect benevolence, hope and a distinctive story.

“I aspire to create works of art that are of value and significance to society and to contribute positively to the community,” said Yang. “We are thrilled that our artistry and the ancient Chinese techniques that define LIULI have been embraced and enjoyed by customers in the U.S.”

LIULI’s use of pate-de-verre glass casting, which dates back to the Western Han Dynasty of the third century B.C., allows for exquisite detail and visually stimulating features to appear in each vibrantly colored creation. The meticulous 12-step process includes pouring crushed and fragmented glass into a handcrafted mold and then firing, a process that lasts from six to eight weeks. Designed to express and reflect on China’s storied past, the collections resonate with Asian history.

Loretta Hui-Shan Yang will be visiting the stateside galleries this fall and will be teaching a master course at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York September 5-12.

Visit www.liuliusa.com for more information.