Having completed his studies at The Royal College of Art in 1983 Rod has been working to commission in his workshop/studio in Norfolk. Rod specialises in low relief chasing, often inlaid with gold, producing modern low relief graphic images on very exciting elegant pieces of modern functional silver. He now also has a second studio/workshop in Shetland where he occasionally trains and mentors young silversmiths. This year he was delighted to have four makers sponsored by QEST, for a very special two week workshop at the South House Silver Workshop in Shetland.
Rod Kelly has continued to work to commission since receiving the QEST Scholarship and has recently completed several major new pieces. To celebrate The Queen’s Jubilee he worked with the Duke of Devonshire to produce a new Ascot Trophy for The Golden Jubilee Stakes and he had the great pleasure of being presented to Her Majesty The Queen. For the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, The Royal Warrant Holders Association asked Rod to produce a silver chased goblet as a present, the decorative images all associated with the members interests of the Association. In 2014 Rod was asked by Newton Investment Bank to design and make the new Women’s Rowing Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race Trophy that will be contested for the first time on the Thames Tideway in 2015.