Robert Welch (designer)
Welch was born in Hereford and brought up in Malvern, Worcestershire. He was educated at Hanley Castle Grammar School and while at school he briefly played cricket for the Second XI of Worcestershire County Cricket Club. He then served in the Royal Air Force for his National Service. He trained as a silversmith at Birmingham School of Art, where he met and later married a fellow student, Patricia Hinksman. He then went on to study at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in 1952. As a student, he made two extended visits to Scandinavia, studying in Stockholm and working with a Norwegian silversmith. Scandinavian modernism made a huge impression on Welch, giving him a love of functional precision and the clean line.
In his final year at RCA, Welch did some work for J&J Wiggin, a small family firm in Bloxwich, north of Birmingham. J&J Wiggin was the only British manufacturer of stainless steel tableware, marketing pieces under the brand Old Hall. In 1955, Welch was appointed Wiggin's design consultant, an association which lasted until the firm closed down in 1984.
Robert Welch Designs Ltd is still a family business owned and managed by Alice and Rupert Welch (daughter and son of Robert Welch). Like their father before them, Alice and Rupert Welch have dedicated their time to the pursuit of design excellence. Every item, large or small, has been created by the Robert Welch Design Team in Chipping Campden in the same building where Robert Welch started all those years ago.
- MacCarthy, Fiona (2000-03-23). "Robert Welch: His clocks, cutlery,knives and candlesticks helped to define 'contemporary' style". The Guardian (Guardian News and Media Limited). p. 24. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
- Coatts, Margot (2000-03-20). "Obituary: Robert Welch". The Independent (Newspaper Publishing PLC). p. 6. Retrieved 2008-07-13.[dead link]
- Robert Welch Official website