Rod Kelly


The Goldsmiths Company


In general the work illustrated is raised by hand in silver, chased in low relief and inlaid with pure gold details. I enjoy designing and making functional objects that are very serviceable and function well. I prefer to work to a given brief whereby the decorative element of the piece may be based upon ideas drawn up with a client. These may broadly reflect an event or a celebration, the decoration may be historical, architectural or be based upon sketches and drawing completed after initial discussions. I enjoy learning and discovering about someone's passion and then using this as a basis to complete a design where the decoration would encompass that passion in detail. In the true Art and Craft tradition I like to both design the piece of silver and then make it by hand with chased decoration, embellished with gold details. The strength of the detail is based upon the strong ability I have to draw well and I enjoy sketching and drawing, sometimes from photographs that may well been supplied by the client. I feel that having researched an idea and completed the design stage, that making the piece by hand gives the work great presence and integrity as well as being truly beautiful. The vessels or forms are usually hand raised from flat circles of silver. They are planished by hand with various hammers over steel stakes to produce a final shape. The decoration is chased in low relief, the embossing of the surface of the silver with steel punches and a repoussé hammer. The silver being supported at all times with Swedish pine pitch. Details are inlaid with gold; the specified area is carved away to a depth of 0.5mm with engraving tools. The sides of the recess are then undercut and a piece of pure gold is fitted and then hammered into place with small punches. The edges of the gold become trapped under the undercut of the silver.

Specialist Techniques:

Hand raising, chasing in low relief, gold inlay.


D&AD Silver Award for the Most Outstanding Illustration and Graphic design in conjunction with the 1st Class Stamp designed for Royal Mail.
Queen Elizabeth Scholarship for research, Royal Warrant Holders Association

Council Member, The Goldsmiths Craft Council, Goldsmiths' Hall, London

'Living Silver' Steering Committee, Crafts Council, London

Member of the Slide and Index Committee Crafts Council, London
Purchasing Adviser - Metalwork, Crafts Council Collection, London

Selected for the Crafts Council Slide Index

Photographed by Lord Snowdon for publicity for Marks and Spencer's contribution to the Arts
Granted, Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
Granted, Freedom of the City of London

Equipment Grant, Crafts Council

1st Prize, Goddards Silver Awards
Medal selected for the Collection of the British Museum
Goldsmiths’ Craft Council Award, Senior Group, Goldsmiths' Hall

Cadbury's National Amateur Swimming Association Trophy


BA (Hons), First Class, University of Central England MA, Royal College of Art, London

Public Collections:

1983 Commission from a Private Trust, Modern Silver Collection Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England 1986 Amity Rosewater Dish & Ewer, Fishmongers' Company & Goldsmiths' Company, London, England 1988 National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland Rose Bowl, V&A Museum, London, England for presentation to Her Majesty the Queen Mother to celebrate the opening of the Pirelli Garden King George VI Queen Elizabeth ##Diamond# Stakes for the Ascot Race, De Beers 1989 Prime Warden's Commission, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London, England Vase, Presented to the Rt. Hon Edward Heath M.B.E. M.P. Centre-piece, Green College, Oxford, England 1990 Rose Bowl, Merchant Taylors' Company for presentation to Diana, Princess of Wales Alms Dish, Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield, England Water Jug, The Friends of Birmingham Museum, The Modern Silver Collection, Birmingham, England 1992 Two large vases, The Silver Trust for 10 Downing St, London, England British Film Institute Awards for the British Film Institute Fellowship Awards 1993 Two large Dishes, The Silver Trust for 10 Downing Street, London, England Decorative Clock, Newbury District Council, Newbury, England 1994 Presentation Gong, The Royal College of Physicians, London, England 1995 Silver Mace, The B.J.G.F. for The University of Central England, Birmingham, England 1996 Processional Cross, The Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, London, England 1996 Silver Crozier, St Paul's Cathedral for The Rt. Revd Christopher Hill, Bishop of Stafford Past Upper Bailiff Badges, The Worshipful Company of Weavers, London, England Rosewater Dish, The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, London, England Blackthorn Vase, The Crafts Council Collection, London, England Rosewater Dish, The Keatley Trust, England 1997 Four Pepper grinders, The Inner Temple, London, England Gold Bowl, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and Minorco, London, England Silver Beakers, The Barclays Theatre Awards Chalice and paten, a small Welsh Chapel, Wales 1998 Alms Dish, The Royal Navy Chaplaincy, Portsmouth, England Pair of Altar Candlesticks, Dorchester Abbey, Oxford, England Lavabo Dish, New College, Oxford, England Pair of Rosewater Dishes, The Broderers’ Company, London, England 1999 Commissioned by Royal Mail to design a first class stamp to celebrate the Millennium 2000 Millennium centerpiece, The Inner Temple, London, England Large Silver Hanging ##Pyx#, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, England Pair of Ciboria, York Minster, York, England 2001 Silver Lectern, The Honourable Artillery Company, London, England Silver Vase, Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich, England Table centerpiece, The Salters’ Company, London, England

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    The Newton Oxford Cambridge Rowing Trophy

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    Pair of Lion Goblets

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    Jubilee Dish

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    Sun and Wind Dish

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    The Four Elements

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    Wedding Goblet

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    Court Goblet

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