Rod Kelly

2000 QEST Scholar - Goldsmithing & Silversmithing

Since completing his studies at the Royal College of Art in 1983, silversmith Rod has been working to commission in his workshop/studio in Norfolk. He specialises in low relief chasing, often inlaid with gold, producing modern low relief graphic images on elegant pieces of modern functional silver. He also has a second studio/workshop in Shetland – South House Silver Workshop – where he trains and mentors young silversmiths.   A QEST Scholarship enabled Rod to work with master engraver Alan Mudd, who taught him how to recess for gold inlay, and Ian Calvert, a trade silversmith, with whom he developed hammering and soldering techniques.

One of Rod’s most significant commissions is The Diamond Jubilee Rosewater Dish, created for The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.  His work has appeared on a first-class Millennium stamp for Royal Mail, a £2 coin in circulation celebrating the engineer Brunel and a £5 Crown celebrating the 450th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth I. His work is held in museums including the V&A, National Museum of Scotland, Birmingham Museum, St Pauls Cathedral and Lichfield Cathedral, and feature in The Silver Trust collection in use at 10 Downing Street.