Jewellery / Gemwaith
Robert is based in Ludlow and is interested in the process of making and methodology and the way that we perceive and interpret visual messages, how we can make assumptions, sometimes missing subtle nuances. He studied Three-Dimensional Design at Hornsey College of Art, London in the early 1970's and set up a silversmithing practice in Clerkenwell, London, sharing a studio and collaborating in projects with Stanley Reece, engraver during the period '70s to the late '80s. On moving to the Norfolk coast Robert gained a passion for the sea and sailing probably due to having made many silver models of Arabic sailing dhow boats. Robert made both commissioned and exhibition work during this period and became a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths.
In 1999 his work premises in Norfolk was reduced to ashes in a devastating fire which destroyed all his previous collected designs, photo records, equipment and much of his work. This event had quite an impact and ended his active participation in silversmithing. He then taught art and design practice and theory full time until 2013.
Robert completed a post-graduate MA at Birmingham’s School of Jewellery, BCU in 2015 which revitalized his enthusiasm for making and the emphasis since then has been on the abstract. Robert works mainly with non-precious materials including base metals and vitreous enamels. The fact that these materials are not precious is important to his intentions as the material value ceases then to be a dominant factor of the work. Robert likes the paring down to simple form and being free in interpretation, both in the making and the materials used and that they are not constrained by the expected.
In this exhibition Robert has included five copper and vitreous enamelled wearable items that are based on rock, sea and seaweed found around the area of Aberdyfi. Each item is pressed out from copper sheet and fabricated individually, then kiln fired several times.
Robert stayed here briefly in 2019, which inspired him to exhibit here today and we are thrilled to welcome him to the gallery for the first time as an exhibitor.