Ann Culy is one New Zealand’s best-loved contemporary jewellers.
After obtaining a Diploma in Fine Arts from Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch and a teaching qualification in Auckland, she went on to study jewellery design at Otago Polytechnic in the early 1990’s.
Within a few years she had established her own studio and gallery in Dunedin and her work quickly found its way into major jewellery collections across the country.
Culy is renowned for her timeless organic forms, often using pure gold, pure silver and precious stones.
I do use ancient techniques in my making, they still hold fast. I mix and pour my own ingots. The rings have no solder; they are constructed simply by forging, fusing, filing, burnishing, and stamping. I like that they can easily be returned to the metal they came from with the melt of a flame.