Designed by Ian Calvert
For Garrard and Co
Ian Calvert was born in 1938 and began his craft education at 13. Jack Stapley, a visiting lecturer at the Gravesend School of Art inspired him to stay on for extra evening classes and by his third year contacted R E Stone and was offered a 4 year apprenticeship in 1954. Sid Sparrow took charge of Ian and he also had extra evening classes under Reginald Hill and won top awards in his City and Guilds exam. In 1957 he was chosen to represent Britain in the International Apprenticeship competition in Madrid and was awarded first prize by General Franco and on his return was offered a teaching position at Gravesend but at 19 felt he was not ready. He became a Freeman of the Company in 1959 then worked for Wakely and Wheeler with Frank Beck before setting up the Silver Workshops Ltd. He has taught at the Medway college and been associated with Asprey and Garrard through Alex Styles and Tony Bedford. In 2003 he moved to larger premises with his son Justin.In 1993 Garrard and Co celebrated 150 years as the Crown Jewellers with and exhibition of their designers since 1925 and 17 contemporary silversmiths. This was one of the exhibits.