London 1978 Baluster form with incurving sides with all-over spot hammered surface, angular pouring lip and polished handle, height 25.6cm, weight 28oz.
Robert Radford Welch RDI MBE (1929 2000) Born in Hereford in 1929. Serving in the Royal Air Force just after the Second World War. Later, he attended Malvern School of Art and then trained as a silversmith at the Birmingham College of Art under Cyril Shiner and R. G. Baxendale. Between 1952 and 1955 he studied at the Royal College of Art under Professor Robert Goodden and was a contemporary of Gerald Benney and Robert Welch.
On graduating in 1955, Welch became a product designer and set up a workshop in Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire. The Silk Mill premises he found had been the home of C. R. Ashbee's Guild of Handicraft. Here Welch produced one off pieces and special commissions.
In 1964, Welch produced a very successful range of domestic silver for Heals. Five years later he decided to open his studio shop. Also in this year he was elected a Royal Designer for Industry.