Rod Kelly is, without doubt, one of the UK’s finest silversmiths. He specializes in low relief chasing – often inlaying the chased details in fine gold, and his images are often derived from his interest in the beautiful countryside surrounding him in Norfolk and inspired by his many trips to the Shetland Islands.
His designs are based upon drawn sketches; the lines translated in to shapes and patterns often found chased in low relief on his specially commissioned pieces. Since leaving the Royal College of Art in 1983 where he gained a Masters Degree he has tended to work to commission, first from a studio in London and for the last twenty years from a workshop in the garden of his Norfolk home.
He makes all of the forms himself using the traditional techniques of silversmithing, often hand raising (hammering) large pieces of silver to produce high quality pieces of functional silver. His work can be found in many public and private collections including The V&A Museum, No.10 Downing Street, The Royal Mint, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
You very rarely find pieces of Rod Kelly’s work at exhibition, but John Higgins Contemporary Silver, based in Lindfield Sussex will be offering several pieces, commissioned by them, in their Summer Exhibition, which runs from 21st June to 1st July 2018 inclusive.
Included in the Summer Exhibition are an exceptionally fine water jug decorated with swimming carp, a pair of “Dandelion” long-stemmed Goblet Wine Coasters, inlaid with gold detailing, a pair of high sided Wine coasters, decorated with grapes and vines, and a single tall “Hawk in the Wind” beaker with inlaid gold detailing. Quite exceptional pieces.
If you would like an invitation to John Higgins Contemporary Silver Summer Exhibition, please contact us.