"...the key knowledge is to read, read and read. Everything changes, everything moves and you can get inspiration to create. My inspiration comes from literature, music and Central Americans."
"I'm Carlos Rodas Molina and I was born in Guatemala City in 1974. My father has been a big inspiration and is someone I've admired all my life. Despite us being poor, he taught me to be tenacious and create my own livelihood. He was always at my side as my right arm, supporting me while I pursued different activities.
"It was a huge loss for me when he died. I always wanted him to be proud of me and I really hope that he can see how much I've accomplished, thanks to him. He believed in me and didn't let me fail. He taught me to fight and to always be present. I still miss him.
"A few years ago, I began learning the art of metal work. I took up some tools and began creating jewelry. It was easy and I decided that this art was for me. From that moment, my love grew for researching, practicing and perfecting my technique.
"I learned so many things about this craft and this has helped me prepare the majority of the materials I use. Thanks to this knowledge, I've been able to earn recognition for my work.
"Every day, I try to learn something new. It's exciting to learn and explore. Sometimes I think I know it all, but there's always someone who innovates, who learns new shapes because a lot of creating jewelry comes from my imagination. I've always said that the human mind is wonderful.
"Learning is great and the key knowledge is to read, read and read. Everything changes, everything moves and you can get inspiration to create. My inspiration comes from literature, music and Central Americans, who have given me millions of ideas.
"After seeing the final result of my work, I've been able to appreciate the progress I've made and how I've been able to make an idea a reality, which is gratifying for all of the effort I've put into it. It motivates me to continue creating my own designs. They have attracted people because they're creative and unique. Most importantly, I've always thought that work made with dedication, passion and love is reflected and felt in the final result.
"My dream is to be known in different places around the world as a jewelry artisan who creates unique designs. I'd love to open a jewelry shop and make my workshop bigger. I'd like to be able to give my community work opportunities so people can earn a steady income.
"There's nothing better than teaching someone what I've learned. This helps me to want to discover more and dive into the subject."