Creating Liuli glass with class

Creating Liuli glass with class
"This really gets them thinking about their own experiences and what matters most to them." - Chang Yi (right, with Loretta Yang) on asking people at their adult liuli workshops what they would create if it was the last thing they did.

The ancient Chinese art form of glass-making may not sound trendy to the younger generations, admit the founders of art glasswork brand Liuligongfang.

But that does not daunt Taiwanese couple Loretta Yang and Chang Yi, who set up the company in 1987 for liuli, Chinese for glassworks.

Yang, 61, says in Mandarin: "The term liuli doesn't sound trendy. That is the burden we face when we talk to people about our art."

Each piece, which can take months to perfect, requires a 12-step process with wax-casting in a kiln, known as pate-de-verre in French.

Liuligongfang, which is headquartered in Taiwan and Shanghai and has 70 galleries in Singapore, Malaysia and the United States, features contemporary liuli sculptures, as well as a range of homeware and accessories.

To make their work more accessible, Yang and Chang travel around China, as well as to Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, to conduct liuli workshops for adults. In Taiwan, they also conduct workshops for children aged eight to 12.

The married couple were in town last week to conduct invite-only workshops for participants to create their own liuli piece.

The workshops are part of gastronomic food series Asian Masters, which is organised by Singapore Press Holdings subsidiary Sphere Exhibits and event partner Poulose Associates, and presented by OCBC Bank.

Yang and Chang say the adult liuli workshops are a "chance-of-a-lifetime" opportunity.

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