..... He was a very talented and complex man. a vodka drinking,
cigarette smoking, intelligent, enthusiastic, cranky, generous,
secretive, opinionated, gleefully proud of his accomplishments,
full of praise for work he liked, disdainful of work he didn't.
Thank you Marianne for the very accurate, succinct snapshot of
Valeri in your January 30th announcement of his passing.
I was privileged to take his 3D plique-a-jour workshops in Australia
and Canada. I found him to be very funny, giving of his knowledge and
patient while teaching even though he did not suffer fools lightly.
The Australian class suggested design elements for the demo piece he
made in the workshop, which I was able to acquire at the Enamelist
Society Conference in Canada the following year. So I have a tiny
piece of him that I am thrilled to have, with fond memories of him.
I raise my glass to you. Cheers, Prost, Ypa, Valeri! Your time on
earth was so very well spent.