Latchezar Boyadjiev

Latchezar Boyadjiev was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria. There he attended the Ceramics Department at the Academy of Applied Arts. In 1985 he was admitted into the prestigious Academy of Applied Arts in Prague, Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia) under the guidance of Professor Stanislav Libensky, one of the most prominent glass artists of our time and who was an influential source for most glass artists in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In 1986, just after graduating from the Academy, Latchezar Boyadjiev defected to the United States via Italy.

After settling in California, Boyadjiev worked for more than ten years in the field of optical glass. He used cold work techniques such as cutting, grinding, polishing and laminating to create his optical glass sculptures that he became initially known for. Since there were limits to the size of his objects, he decided to change his technique to accomplish that goal. His drawing technique changed from pencil to charcoal, the glass technique from optical to cast glass.

The Academy’s strict curriculum of daily drawing and design classes for five years had its intended effect on the young student. Today when Boyadjiev is working on new designs, he keeps drawing until something finally strikes him. New designs sometimes take him hours, days or weeks to complete. Once a drawing is satisfactory, a clay model is made. The next step is the actual sculpture rendered in clay with perfectly smooth surfaces and details. Next follows a series of positive and negative molds, a time consuming and detail oriented process that leads to the final plaster positive that will determine the outcome of the sculpture.

Originally those plaster positives were delivered to the Czech Republic by the artist in person with the goal of selecting the best glass casting studios and glass color selections available. It also gave him the opportunity of working with some old friends from days past to create his new glass sculptures that were cast into yet another mold, and later annealed, partially ground and polished. Now Boyadjiev creates his work from state to finish at his California studio.