Biographical Notes & History of Rudolf Heltzel

1940

1940

Born in Berlin, Germany
1956

1956-1960

Studied at Meisterschule für das Kunsthandwerk Berlin, Jewellery and Silversmithing Design and Production
1961

1961-1962

Worked with Max Olofs, as a silversmith in Munich Germany, making baptismal fonts, tabernacles, chalices, and other ecclesiastical items
1963

1963-1965

Worked with Sigurd Person (1914-2003) in Stockholm, Sweden, first as a silversmith, then as a jeweller. Person was one of the most influential goldsmiths and industrial designers in Scandinavia in..Read More
1966

1966-1968

Recruited by Córas Tráchtála/Irish Export Board to establish a Silver and Metal Workshop at the newly created Kilkenny Design Workshop [KDW], where he also trained many Irish jewellers
1968

1968

Opened Rudolf Heltzel Ltd., Kilkenny. Independent designer and maker of jewellery hollowear with a studio in Kilkenny which continues to the present day
1979

From 1979

International Consultant to jewellery development and production programmes in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Guyana, Jordan, Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan
1981

1981-1995

Board Member of Crafts Council Ireland
1984

1984-1987

Worked with Tirnanog Ltd., Northern Ireland as a Production Director, lectured in the Fine Arts department at Queen’s University Belfast
1988

1988-1996

Worked with Esmere Ltd and Avon Arlington Ireland as a Jewellery and Design Consultant
2018

2018

Designed and produced Exhibition celebrating 50 years of Rudolf Heltzel “RUDOLF HELTZEL: In Precious Metal”, National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny, Ireland
2019

2019

“RUDOLF HELTZEL: In Precious Metal”,  The State Apartment Galleries, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland