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
Me Design Awards.
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.