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Judith Hirczy is an award winning silversmith and has been creating her one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry 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 70's to a husband whose hobby was lapidary work. Basic instruction in silver         smithing 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 Hand Crafter Gallery in Parksville and started teaching through Malaspina College. Since moving to Victoria, Judith has taught hundreds of silver smithing students at Camosun College as well as privately, some of whom have gone on to become internationally recognized artisans.