Owl and Hourglass

Gergana of Owl and Hourglass creates unique jewelry and accessories

Tell me about your work, Gergana.
All of the things I create I make with attention and love, with inspiration, excitement and joy. The thrill of a new idea and the satisfaction of seeing it come real by my own hands is something I can not do without!

Everything I make I try to create unique in its essence, just like each and every snowflake, and every moment we spend in our life are unique.

I also believe that each object has its rightful owner, that in one way or another it finds them - and whomever had the feeling of connection and mutual belonging with a precious for them object knows what I mean.. It just feels Right. It might be an old marble, bracelet of threads or piece of jewelry - not the value is important - but the feeling of having something special, a personal talisman that would complement who you are. I try to make for you more than simple objects and my wish is that they make you happy.

How did you originally get into your craft?
I've been making jewelry for the last year - it started small and simple and it grew on me until it became an essential part of my inner and daily life. I keep developing as a style and ideas every day and my hope is to evolve into a skillful jewelry maker some day. 

I have always been utterly fascinated and passionate about Art in its different forms - I've been drawing and painting since I was little and I studied History of Art in University. I've been always attracted to trying new and different kinds of Art and last year I found myself vigorously interested in making jewelry after I made a lot of wine charms to give as a wedding favor at my wedding. I keep learning and finding new ideas every day, sometimes I even have a hard time falling asleep if an idea evolves in my imagination late at night.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
After spending time with my husband - who is my soul mate and who makes the whole difference in the world to me in best ways - I love reading books, making jewelry and travelling. I've been to different places - mostly in Europe - and what I love to do when I travel is photographing old architecture and gothic cathedrals and visiting museums. When it comes to jewelry there is this part in me that keeps nudging me to fulfill my ideas all the time - and ideas waiting out there to be discovered and fulfilled are as numerous as the snowflakes on the North Pole.   

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
I always challenge myself to do the things I do in a better way. I am my most stern judge and I can be quite tough on myself. The challenge I face from the outside is not having enough time to do everything I imagine - I work full time and still I end the day wishing that there were more than 24 hours in the day. 

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Since I was a child I've gone through many different desires and interests when it comes to what I would do in future. Some of them were as common for little girls and teenagers as being a princess or a rock star. Others - and they were the most true and close to my nature - to become an artist of the brush or a witch. In a way I came close to what I desired the most - creating things in artistic way. And I believe that this is just the beginning as I will keep learning and trying new ways of making art - I might end up doing something different in several years, I just know that I will be always true to my beauty-seeking art-passionate nature.

What item in your collection would you like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I would wear all of the things I have in my shop - as I whatever I make I make in my style and according to my liking - but I do have my favorites.

What other artists out there do you love?
I love so many different artists in all the kinds of art that exist. From the nameless artists who painted the walls in pharaoh's tombs and the ones who made the Parthenon, to the ones I see out there every day who inspire me with their skill and flight of imagination. World would be terribly sad and bleak without those who make Art and the power of Art to move and change us for better is immense.

What does your future hold?
If it depended on me I would grow very old side by side with my husband in joy and love, and meanwhile I will keep doing what is part of me and I can not help doing - Art in every way I can. I would give it a try even if it turns out it's not the exact kind of Art for me as - like they say - what counts is the trip not the destination point.