Rita Winkler 

Designer / Jeweller

Rita grew up in Pforzheim, a city of jewellers and watchmakers in West Germany, located at the northern end of the Black Forest. Her ancestors lived in the city for several centuries, binding logs together to float to the timber mills. "It's a lovely area, it is similar to Donnybrook where I live, in that it opens up to timber country."

In Pforzheim she first gained an apprenticeship as a goldsmith and then studied for a diploma in jewellery design. She then worked as a jewellery designer, creating prototypes which went into limited edition production lines. "I learned techniques in the industry I never would have learned at art school," she said. "It is a very different approach."

After her emigration to Western Australia in 1985 she taught jewellery design at Bunbury TAFE for five years, conducted many workshops and taught at Albany Summer School for seven years.

Very quickly her work was presented throughout the country and she exhibited both in Australia and overseas. Her work is represented in the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the City of Bunbury Art Collection. She was first prize winner and Highly Commended in the Bunbury South West Survey Exhibitions for 5 consecutive years in the 1990ies.

She gets inspired by architecture as well as nature. Travelling in Australia, experiencing the Outback and in awe with the Australian landscape she deeply enjoys the land and the country life style.
"I love travelling through the outback and the bush. The Australian landscape never ceases to amaze me. I transform into metal that which already has been put into form."