About Robert Feather.
Finding a Passion
I was born in Bradford where I lived until I left for university in 1974. During my time at school I always enjoyed the drawing and making subjects like art and woodwork and initially wanted to be an architect. I eventually however went to Loughborough University and trained as a Craft and Design teacher where I gained a Bachelor of Education Hons. degree in Creative Design. Silversmithing was one of my main options within the course and following university I went into Secondary Education, where I taught Jewellery and Silversmithing as part of the Design Curriculum. It was during this initial time in teaching at Burleigh Community College in Loughborough, that I found a passion for making jewellery and some of my original designs come from that time in teaching.
Moving to York
In 1980 I moved to York and the following year I started designing and making jewellery full time from my home workshop. For many years I sold my work through Independent Jewellery Shops and Galleries thoughout the country and also exhibited regularly at Goldsmiths Fair and with The Designer Jewellers Group.
In 1994 I opened The Robert Feather Jewellery Gallery & Workshop in Gillygate, York with my wife Jane. Alongside my own work, we would sell jewellery, ceramics and glass by many established craftspeople, which brought a rich choice of designs and a lively array of colours and textures to the changing display. The gallery specialised in quality contemporary jewellery and was one of only a few Northern Galleries granted selected membership of The National Association of Contemporary Craft Galleries.
My Home Workshop
In 2007 we moved our business to our home in Bubwith and now I sell my work excusively through my studio/workshop. With the increasing rise of the internet and the vision to pursue only my own work from home, it seemed the right time to estabish this move. Now my shop window is my website which shows the full range of work I currently make at any one time. I try to find time to work on new designs and the vision of working from home in this way is an attempt to offer a bespoke personal jewellery service which I hope will be of value to people.
You are welcome to visit my studio/workshop near York to choose a piece of jewellery or discuss an order or commission without obligation.
Hours by appointment only: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-4.30pm
Please call 01757 288307 or CONTACT US to book an appointment.