Rod Kelly


1985 and 1984

Sterling silver, hand-raised and chased, parcel-gilt

The jug is an early Company commission from the silversmith in which he found his signature chasing style and the perfect expression of his affinity with water.

He is a fine draughtsman and follows detailed designs on paper, as chasing is akin to drawing on silver. The chasing on the outside of the jug follows the drawing closely, but in reverse. Kelly recently gave this design to the Collection to explain his creative process alongside the completed commission.

The drawings were produced following a fly fishing trip to the Itchen in Hampshire and Rod carefully made studies of the fish he caught after a memorable day’s fishing.

“Silver is a beautiful material to raise and chase; it responds perfectly and is a pleasure to use and form…I’ll go anywhere to get a feel for my subject matter, whether it’s a river to study wild brown trout…or visiting historic buildings to draw and capture details…all of which are woven into my designs.”

The wine cups were the first Goldsmiths’ Company commission from the artist, showing his distinctive naturalistic chasing with ears of wheat highlighted with gilding, to be used for lunches in Goldsmiths’ Hall.