The Florida Society of Goldsmiths (FSG) is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2011 FSG National Metalsmith’s Hall of Fame award is Valentin Yotkov, who is honored in the Artist/Arts Educator category.
Yotkov is one of the world’s leading experts in the ancient metal techniques of Chasing and Repousse. His training began during the early 1970s in his homeland of Bulgaria, where he apprenticed with some of the most accomplished masters of silversmithing. At the age of 22, he became the youngest member in the history of the National Silversmiths Guild of Bulgaria and was elected president only 3 years later. Mr. Yotkov has received numerous prestigious awards including two gold medals for highest artistic achievement in metalsmithing. His works have been exhibited in more than 20 countries around the world.Currently Valentin resides in the United States. In 1994 he founded The Valentin Yotkov Studio in Brooklyn, New York. The Valentin Yotkov Studio is recognized as the only school in the country specializing in Chasing and Repousse. Mr. Yotkov has developed a unique teaching method which allows students to easily learn and understand the technique.
Besides teaching at his own school, Mr. Yotkov has taught hundreds of workshops at other schools, colleges and universities in the United States and Europe. More than 1,600 students, professional jewelers and metalsmiths have attended his classes; among them members of Tiffany & Co.’s silverware department.
The Florida Society of Goldsmiths’ National Metalsmith’s Hall of Fame was established in 1999 and is located at The Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Awards can be given in four categories: Artist, Arts Educator, Arts Patron and Business Patron. For more information or nomination forms for the year 2012, please contact FSG National Metalsmith’s Hall of Fame, 719 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.