Judith Hirczy has been creating her one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery for over 30 years. Originally trained as an architect / interior designer Judith worked in architectural offices in her native Austria. She came to Vancouver Island in the early 70s to a husband whose hobby was lapidary work. Basic instruction in silversmithing was found at UBC and subsequent summer studies at Notre Dame University in Nelson, B.C. provided the groundwork upon which she built her own style. During her years in Parksville, she became a member of the Artisans™ Studio in Nanaimo B.C. co-founded the Handcrafter Gallery in Parksville and started teaching through Malaspina College. Since moving to Victoria, Judith has taught hundreds of silversmithing students at Camosun College as well as privately, some of whom have gone on to become internationally recognized artisans.