Collections plate IV 13 1/4" x 1 3/4"
Raised copper, repoussé, patina, bees wax

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Interview with Valentin Yotkov
by Rocío Heredia

Which is your favorite piece and why?
That piece is yet to be created. With each new work I complete, it becomes my favorite - or at least until the next one is finished. However that One piece which I was born to create has not been made, yet.

What is the most important award you have received? My works have received a number of awards throughout the years. The most important was the first one-(Gold Medal, National Art Competition, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1979) it stimulated my creativity and gave me the confidence to continue. I was 24 years old and couldn't be more proud or happier. However, my biggest reward is the appreciation of the ordinary people. They are the best and most sincere critics!

What are your plans for the near future?
Teaching has been an important part of my life. But now, it is time for me to go back to doing my own work again. I am an artist and I feel the urge to create. Creating is like breathing and feeling alive. I would like to finish my book and make it available to the people who need it. I would like to spend more time with my family, as well.

In conclusion, what would you like to say to our visitors?
Always put your heart into your work. Never compromise. As St. Francis of Assisi had said almost 800 years ago: "He, who works with his hands is a laborer. He, who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman. He, who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is and Artist."

Valentin Yotkov, Designer/Silversmith
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