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Clear Glass Gilded Llama Figurines (Set of 4) - Llamas of the Andes
Standing tall and proud, four llamas of the Andes are crafted from clear and blue glass. Milton Rios designs this set of descending size, each figurine featuring hand-painted motifs in gleaming gilt.
- Glass, gilt
- 0.15 lbs
- Largest piece: 3.7 inches H x 1.2 inches W x 1.8 inches D
- Smallest piece: 2.4 inches H x 0.8 inches W x 1.6 inches D
THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT
Artisan Organization: Milton Rios
"My name is Milton Nolverto Rios Patricio. I was born in 1982 in Lima. The summers are short, crisp, arid, and partially cloudy, while the winters are cold, dry, and cloudy.
"I'm a man who is always finding with new ideas to create something that I haven't made before. I share my knowledge without egotism because feedback is very important to me.
"Since having children, I have become a different man. I dedicate my life to my children and my family. If I could turn back time, l'd return to that moment when I first had my children.
"I never thought that I would create glass sculpture. Little animal sculptures always caught my attention. I imagined a thousand things, which intrigued me, until one day I saw my brother making a sculpture. I was very surprised. From then on I never stopped practicing and perfecting my art, bringing it to levels that I didn't even think I could achieve.
"I have gone through some very difficult times with my wife, two small children, and one newborn. I had no idea how to give them everything they needed. I found some independent work. I started from scratch, knocking on doors, looking for any type of opportunities and jobs to promote my glass art.
"I'm a very creative and curious man, and I'm always thinking of all the sculptures that I could make using my techniques. I am self-taught and, with the help of technology, I can navigate and learn from many sources around the world.
"This technique requires a lot of patience, practice, perseverance, desire, and passion, which are qualities I apply to this day. Sometimes, the results are very frustrating but, when the results are optimal, it is very beautiful and compensates for all of the struggle.
"What I love the most about my art is the infinity of images I can make. This constantly results in new challenges, so that I never fall into a routine. My inspiration comes from everything that surrounds me, including the most important things in the universe, my three small children. They are my strength and my drive; they inspire my career and make me the man that I am. They fill me with energy and strength to get up every morning and work on my craft.
"Beginning to work on my own was crazy, especially since I had three small children that totally depended on me but, with strength and desire, we were able to get ahead little by little. I am very grateful for very important window to promote my art.
"My plans for the future are, without a doubt, to continue spreading and promoting my art that I love so much, showing my small children that they can do anything they want in life, and that they also have to follow their dreams and grab hold of them. I have faith in seeing them grow up happy so that they can achieve their dreams.""