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Rod Kelly is one of the UK’s leading silversmiths, he specialises in low relief chasing often inlaying the chased details in fine gold.

Rod Kelly’s images are 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.

The Four Elements

Hand raised from a flat circle of 18ct gold, and hammered by hand in to shape over metal stakes. The beaker is four sided and each side depicts one of the Four Elements. It is chased in low relief with the use of chasing punches and a chasing hammer, the decoration being embossed in to the surface of the gold. The beaker is initially filled with pitch made from the gum from pine trees in order to support the work while it is being chased.

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