Valeri Timofeev has passed away from prostate cancer. He emigrated
to the USA after being sponsored by an American enamelist he met at a
conference in Georgia. He brought with him to the states, the Russian
technique of building glowing 3 dimensional objects of filigree
plique au jour enamel.
The first time I met him was at the Philadelphia Craft show where he
had a dazzling display of small drinking vessels. His work grew in
size, complexity and jeweled details and he continued to do shows. 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. I never knew which
Valeri to expect. he added spice to the show experience and he will
be missed. I tip my glass to you, Valeri!