How did things turn out?
I did my apprenticeship and became fully trained in silversmithing, and I also succeeded in getting to the Olympics – Seoul in 1988 – which isn’t bad! I grew both athletically and professionally. I was very lucky to be able to flourish in this craft.
When did you take over your father’s workshop?
My father died early at the age of 68, so I took on the workshop and continued what he was doing. He focused on classic pieces and antique restoration, so I continued in the same vein. But since 2000 I’ve made my own high end contemporary creations in limited series.
Louis Teran © Michelangelo Foundation
What inspires you?
At the heart of my craft is restoration, since I grew up with that, so I know silverwork of all periods. I’m particularly influenced by the Louis XIV and Art Deco periods. I also like to integrate technology in my work. I want to show the modern face of silversmithing and prove it has a place in today’s world.
Can you describe a memorable moment in your career?
One time my daughter came to me and said “we need to talk”. I thought she was going to tell me she was going to get married or was pregnant, but instead she told me “I want to do this job, I want to work with you”. That was a memorable moment for me. She’s the fourth generation in my family to do this work.