TIQUALIA's Profile

Petro Veretilnyk

Sculptor, jewelry designer and maker.

Sculpture and jewelry for me is a way to express my feelings plastically. This is the world for me in which I speak by language of the volume and shape. Materials and tools in my work are specific. Most often I use in the work the various metals and alloys such as titanium, carbon and stainless steel, aluminum, brass. My main instrument is a magical weld arc. No doubt, welding process is a magic, it’s brightness exceeding a thousand times the Sun’s light. The strength use several varieties of welding: TIG, MIG, arc stick welding, as combinations thereof.

In the ‘90s I took art welding lessons from a genius art welder Grigory Dochkin, who welded titanium spacecrafts and moon rovers. He was the first in the world to master titanium as an artistic material and TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding as an artistic process! He taught art welding in Finland and Ukraine. Since then, not only the world in which we live has changed, but my attitude towards welding has also undergone great changes. Once I realized that this magical process can be used to make jewelry. 2013. I tried to weld jewelry by TIG welding. 2014. Sale of the first jewelry at the exhibition of my sculptures in Helsinki. 2015. Development of a unique design for titanium jewelry. First sales on the Internet. 2018. I decorated piercing jewelry by TIG-welding. Currently, the sale of titanium piercings occupies more than 40% of all sales of my jewelry. My enterprise is named Titaani, is the name of titanium in Finnish. All production processes are eco-friendly. In the production of titanium jewelry I use only 5 components: electricity, pure Finnish water, baking soda ( Na2CO3 ), inert gas (argon) and propane-butane gas. Welding and electrolysis are the main decoration processes for my jewelry. I use the welding machine of the Finnish company Kemppi. My products take an unpredictable fantastic appearance because of titanium oxide film. My products do not cause any allergic reactions. Anyone can wear it! In production, I work alone. I have a small workshop in Vantaa, part of the inner core of the Finnish Capital Region. Each product of Titaani is absolutely unique. One can make a close copy, but it is impossible to repeat it.