In her attempt to question
the inherited principles of the jeweller, she is not
subservient to the precious nature of traditional materials.
The warmth of silver and the glamour of gold are used
without timidity or coyness, but her work with other
natural materials such as pebbles and bone shows a respect
for the earthīs resources regardless of the intrinsic
value man may have given them."
I first exhibited at the Pace Gallery in 1969, Ralph
Turner spoke highly of Helga Zahnīs work and her
professional attitudes. Because she worked with Graphic
design, as well as jewellery, she took the time and
trouble to have good pictures taken of her work. In
this respect she had much more advanced attidudes to
record-making than other jewellers working in London
at the time.
visit to the Ewan Philipps Gallery, London (1967) enabled
me to see her work for the first time. It was displayed
in the small basement gallery along with the jewellery
of other artists who were also developing ideas for
contemporary jewellery in new an unconventional ways.
Outstanding amongst the works on display was a distinctive
collection of large neckpieces and rings made by Helga
Zahn. The designs demonstrated strong, clear, positive
commitment to the ideas contained within the pieces."