Glass art casts its spell

DISCOVER the beauty of glass art at the Pioneer In Con- temporary Liuli Art — The Loretta H. Yang Exhibition 2011 at the Eastern and Oriental Hotel in Penang.

About 50 pieces by former actress Lorettta Yang will be on display from 10.30am to 8.30pm until July 17.

The pieces are from three series — Silence within Fire; Dancing Blooms, Flying Fish, Spring Lights Converge; and Only Love, Only Concern.

Yang founded Liuligongfang with her partner, director Chang Yi, in 1987.

In an earlier interview, Yang, from Taiwan, who won two best leading actress awards at the Golden Horse Awards and a best actress award at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival, recalled how she first became intrigued by glass artwork pieces.

“I was filming ‘This Kind of Love’ directed by Chang. I played the leading female character whose house had a lot of exquisite glass ornaments,” she said.

“The glass pieces were used to symbolise her married life, which was glamourous and yet fragile.

“I remember when I first saw the glass pieces, I could hardly tear my eyes away. I wanted to observe them from each and every angle,” she said.

Not long after filming the movie, Chang and Yang left the movie industry to pursue their newfound passion in liuli.

Chang said they once observed a piece by French glass artist ةmile Gallé called ‘A vase rose de France’ which was a small vase with flowers on it.

“We realised the only technique that could ensure a truly 3D effect for the flowers is pâte-de-verre,” he said.

What makes Liuli extraordinary, according to Yang, is the material’s transparency and its ability to carry and reflect light.

“It’s a wonderful medium. I see it as fate that we have chosen Liuli, or it chose us to create products that matche our slogan — to create that which is good for the human heart,” she said.

Chang added that they first started with NT$150,000 (RM15,678) and expected to have a return in six months’ time.

“But we ended up spending more than NT$150mil (RM15.7mil) in three and a half years and we exhausted most of our resources.

“No bank wanted to offer us any loan and we had to mortgage our property and borrow from family and friends,” he said.

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