David Kružliak


What led you to work on coins and medals?

In my childhood I used to draw and make models, so I was close to art in that direction. When choosing a school, I thought about going to an art school, and thanks to my teachers I discovered the Secondary School of Arts and Crafts in Jablonec nad Nisou. It was there that I studied hand engraving, which I enjoyed and found fulfilling. At the school I got acquainted with the art of relief and sculpture modelling. This appealed to me a lot and I wanted to expand this skill at the local Higher Vocational School, where I enrolled after graduation and where I studied the specialty of minted medals and coins.

Do you remember your first project for the Czech Mint?

Yes, it was in 2017, when I was a student at the Higher Vocational School. My first realization for the Czech Mint was as part of my thesis – it was a commemorative medal for a set of circulating coins on the theme of Karlovy Vary.

Can you count how many designs for coins and medals were created by your hands?

In the early days of my career as a medal maker, I did know how many designs I had created. But now I have no idea. I have twenty-nine realized projects at the moment.

Which order from the Czech Mint pleased you the most? Which one is your favourite?

I would say that with the greatest gusto I created a design for a sixty-five-millimeter silver coin, the motif of which was the ancient Egyptian god Osiris. I also have fond memories of a series of silver medals with the motif of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Working with figural composition was a challenge for me and it pushed me forward.

What subject matter is closest to your heart?

If I had to choose, it would definitely be themes that are not precisely defined and that allow the author to use his imagination in the creation – from my previous realizations it was Osiris, different patron saints or the owl of wisdom. Each theme is interesting for me, and I gain new knowledge and experience with each creation. On the other hand, the only thing that doesn't appeal to me very much is the subject of war.

How do you find inspiration for your work? Where do you like to create?

I look for inspiration all around me. My colleagues and teachers are a great inspiration for me. I like to follow the work of contemporary artists and world medal makers. When creating a design, it is important to learn about the subject, get as much information as possible, and think about the assignment. I draw my designs at home in my living room where I have my work area. Ideas often come unexpectedly and usually when I don't have a pencil and sketchbook handy.

Do you have a secret dream – something you want to achieve that you consider a highlight in your career as a medal maker?

I have a secret dream, but it wouldn't be a secret anymore if I told it. However, I would like to continue to create designs for the Czech Mint, also because I work with a number of people there. It is this activity that fulfils me the most and is both a hobby and a job that I can relax at. I want to continue to improve my skills in sculpture and try new topics – portraits, medals for a famous person, authorship of some bullion coins.


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