In the world of Art and High Fashion, an ancient tradition is becoming a new vogue. Originally unknown outside of Asia, Liuli glass artwork and jewelry is seeing a surge in popularity not only in Asia, but also Europe and North America. While Liuli is literally the ancient Chinese word for Glass, it is used in modern times to refer to multi-hued crystal glass created by hand using an ancient glass casting technique. This method of glass styling closely resembles the long popular French form of glass shaping known as pate-de-verre that literally translates to glass paste.
The creation of Chinese Liuli Jewelry is different from the processes for most modern day glass. For tableware or jewelry, glass blowing is favored since one re-useable mold can be employed. Liuli creation uses a type of kiln casting method sometimes referred to as a lost-wax technique that uses finely powdered glass mixed with a binding substance and colorants. Depending on the mold used, solid or semi-hollow shapes are achievable.
This method of glass creation is notoriously difficult due to a number of factors including the instability of the molds used and the high firing temperatures needed to meld the glass paste into solid form. The method each artisan and studio uses differs slightly, but most require a total of 10-16 steps to complete a single piece.
4.7 x 3 inches (11.8x7.5cm)
Material: Liuli Crystal Glass Sculpture Artwork
Ornate designs run around this piece, which features a Pixu dragon guard design as a central theme. In ancient times, these dragons guard symbolically warded away evil. The original purpose for this style of container is to hold dried tea leaves, which are sprinkled directly in cups of hot water to create hot tea. In addition, many people give these as office or executive gifts, where they serve as attractive pen holders or containers for other items. Among our crystal glass art collection, these have the most utility and can be targetted to the widest selection of customers.
Note: Each piece of Liuli artwork is unique and may possesse slightly different hues due to the creation process.
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