Every year for the past 14 years, Joe Chellew has presented members of our team with a Li Bien ornament. In an era of ever-increasing technology and automation, Li Bien ornaments are the anomaly not only because they are hand-made but how they are made. The product description included with each ornament explains:
“In Chinese, the phrase “Li Bien” means ‘inside.’ The Li Bien ornament showcases the age-old skill of inside painting, which originated in the Qing Dynasty. It has been a respected Chinese art for over 200 years. Each ornament is delicately hand-painted through a tiny opening in the mouth-blown glass (using an L-shaped brush), which means the scene has been painted in reverse on the inside of the ornament.”
This year’s ornaments, as always, are beautiful. It’s a tradition we look forward to each year. Thank you, Joe!