About


"As a British craftsperson and designer, my foremost aim is to produce innovative, beautiful and extraordinary products, which are of the uppermost quality in both materials and design. I take great pride in the knowledge that the pieces I design and make will be valued as works of art, as much as functional items, to be passed down from generation to generation."

Jack Row - Artist's Statement
 


Biography



Jack was born in Nottingham, England in 1985. An interest in art, design and technology developed from an early age, and he knew his career lay within the creative arts. After completing an apprenticeship in traditional goldsmithing, he began studying in 2005 at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) on a Higher National Diploma (HND) jewellery/silversmithing design course. Following successful graduation in 2007 and winning a number of awards, he entered employment for one of Europe's leading jewellery manufacturing companies, as a designer of bespoke products. Experimenting with the application of computer aided design (CAD) technology, Jack became fascinated with its potential for the creation of innovative, exciting products.

Returning to study at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) in 2008, he began to combine his traditional skills learned as an apprentice, with the innovative application of CAD and RP (Rapid-Prototyping) technologies. Graduating with a First-Class Honours degree a year later, Jack won the coveted British Jewellers Association prize for his precious metal fountain pen design concept. Six months later, he was awarded a Gold Medal prize by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, one of the established Livery companies of London, for his 'Architect' prototype fountain pen, in sterling silver, based upon the original design concept.

The Architect Collection Debuted at Harrods in November 2011 and has since become the designer's most celebrated work. Jack continues to build relationship with Harrods, offering its discerning customers the best in luxury British design and craftsmanship. Furthermore, the two brands' key strengths of quality, innovation, service and British eccentricity, perfectly align.

Jack currently designs and crafts his writing instruments and accessories in his studio, based in the heart of Birmingham's historic Jewellery-Quarter and was awarded the prestigious Robb Report "Best of the Best" award for the Architect collection in 2012. Also in 2012, the Jack Row brand was shortlisted in the category "Best Midlands Emerging Brand" at the annual Birmingham Made Me Design Awards.

In 2013 Jack was awarded 'Master of Craft' at the prestigious Balvenie craftsmanship awards, at London's Somerset House, in the category Style and Accessories. In the same year he also awarded with the title "Alumni of the Year" by Birmingham City University.

Jack continues to add new and exclusive collections to his catalogue of work and create bespoke, commissioned pieces for his clients. Jack is also a visiting tutor at Birmingham City University's School of Jewellery and a very proud Queen Elizabeth Scholar, selected by the Royal Warren Holders' Association of Great Britain.

In 2014, Jack had the honour to personally present matching silver pens to HRH The Prince of Wales (Charles) and the Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla) when they visited the Birmingham School of Jewellery.

Jack was made a full Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths in 2016. The IPG is an organisation that promotes and supports craftspeople of the highest calibre, who produce only the finest workmanship.

In the latter half of 2016, Jack successfully collaborated with the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship trust to curate his own solo exhibition at jewellers to the British royal family, Garrard in Mayfair, London. He has also had a piece from his multiple award-winning Architect collection, go under the hammer at the world famous auction house Christies, at their first 'Where Craft Meets Art' event.

 

 



Publications
 
3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers Stephen Hoskins
Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781408173794

TBC
2017

Digital Handmade: Craftsmanship in the New Industrial Revolution Lucy Johnston
Thames and Hudson Ltd
ISBN-10: 0500517851
ISBN-13: 978-0500517857

June
2015

Silversmithing: A Contemporary Guide to Making Brian Hill & Andrew Putland
The Crowood Press Ltd
ISBN-10: 1847976158
ISBN-13: 978-1847976154

Feb
20
1
4

Exhibitions

Catherine Best  - Collection Preview 13th November - St Martins, Guernsey. 2016
Where Craft Meets Art – Christie’s Auction 10th October. Christies Auction House, London. 2016
London Writing Equipment Show 6th October 2016
Garrard Window Takeover September - October, House of Garrard, London. 2016
Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design 20nd – 29th August ,Thirlestaine Long Gallery, Cheltenham 2016
Royal Windsor Horse Show 11 - 15 May - Windsor Palace, Berkshire 2016
Holland and Holland - Christmas Event 25th November  - Holland and Holland Gun Room, Chelsea, London. 2015
Catherine Best  - Collection Preview 15th November - St Martins, Guernsey. 2015
Goldsmiths' Fair Part One: 22 – 27 September - Goldsmiths' Hall, London 2015
Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design 22nd – 31st August 2015,Thirlestaine Long Gallery, Cheltenham 2015
Royal Warrant Holders' Association Annual Luncheon 2nd June - Park Lane Hilton Hotel, London

2015

Royal Visit Exhibition - HRH Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall 25th November, Birmingham School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University

2014

Goldsmiths' Fair September 22 - 28

2014

Concours of Elegance September 4th - 7th - Hampton Court Palace

2014

Royal Warrant Holders' Association Annual Luncheon  June

2014

Official Opening Ceremony with Lord Heseltine January - Parkside Building - Birmingham City University

2014

Craftsmanship and Design Awards March 4th - 7th - Goldsmiths’ Hall, London 2014
Made London January 12th - 14th - Earls Court, London 2014
Jewellery Arabia (British Pavilion) November 19th - 23rd - BIECC, Manama, Bahrain 2013
The Balvenie - Masters of Craft Awards October 24th - Somerset House, London 2013
Jewellery Quarter Lifestyle October 24th - The School of Jewellery, Birmingham 2013
Goldsmiths' Fair September 23rd - 29th Goldsmiths' Hall, London 2013
Birmingham Made Me June 7th - 21st, Millennium Point, Birmingham 2013
Goldsmiths' Fair September 24th - 30th Goldsmiths' Hall, London 2012
Birmingham Made Me June 15th - 22nd The Mail Box - Birmingham 2012
Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths International Jewellery London 2010
Craftsmanship and Design Awards Goldsmiths’ Hall, London

2010

Silver With a Pinch of Salt Goldsmiths’ Hall, London 2009
Charles Green Birmingham Institute of Art and Design 2009
Craftsmanship and Design Awards Goldsmiths’ Hall, London 2007

 



Awards

Smallworkers - "Commended" Craftsmanship and Design Awards - Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths 2014
"Master of Craft - Style and Accessories" The Balvenie Masters or Craft Awards 2013 2013
"Alumni of the Year" Birmingham City University 2013
"Queen Elizabeth Scholar - Jewellery" Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) 2013
"Finalist Best Midland Emerging Brand 2013" Birmingham Made Me Annual Awards 2013
"Shortlisted: Best Midland Emerging Brand 2012" Birmingham Made Me Annual Awards 2012
"Best of the Best" The Robb Report 42nd Annual Awards 2012
"Highly Commended - Hoard Paper Knife" British Jewellers Association 2010
Technological Innovation Award - "Gold" Craftsmanship and Design Awards - Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths 2010
Technological Innovation Award - "Silver" Craftsmanship and Design Awards - Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths 2010
Smallworkers - "Commended" Craftsmanship and Design Awards - Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths 2010
"Design Award - All Years All Courses" British Jewellers Association 2009

 



Professional & Academic Achievements

Fellow - Institute of Professional Goldsmiths (FIPG) Institute of Professional Goldsmiths 2016
Bachelor of Arts - First Class Honours Degree (BaHons) Birmingham City University 2009
Business And Technology Education Council Higher National Diploma (HND)

University of Central England

2007

Television and Radio Appearances
 

Discovering Britain Channel 4 Uk 2016
ITV News (TV) ITV UK 2014
Four Rooms (TV) Channel 4, More4 Uk & International 2013
Breakfast talk with Joanna Malin (Radio) BBC Radio West Midlands UK 2012
European News Manoto 1 (Persian)

Europe, Northern Africa & Middle East (including IRAN, Afghanistan and Tajikistan)

2011

 


 

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