Rajesh uses traditional techniques to produce all of his work with the addition of challenging concepts to contemporise the ancient craft of Silversmithing.
The Art within crafts practice is one of the themes explored in his work to develop Contemporary metalwork objects from the historical Neo-classicism, Rocco & Victorian Periods.
One of his collections is underpinned by the research and exploration of traditional tea drinking. A selection of vessels captures vintage aesthetics celebrating the ritual of formal & social interaction between the viewer and the user through the expression of conventional forms and functionality.
Other works include the exploration of zip fasteners within table top objects to transform and convey movement within metalwork.
Rajesh has established an impressive portfolio commanding interest both nationally and internationally through his unique approach to design.
Born Birmingham 1976
2008-09 Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Professional Education Staffordshire University (TBG)
2000 Master of Arts- 3D Metalwork, Jewellery & Related Products University of Central England, BIAD School of Jewellery, Birmingham
1998 Bachelor of Arts - 1st class Hons 3D Metalwork, Jewellery & Silversmithing Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield
1996 Higher National Diploma (3D Metalwork and Jewellery Design) UCE, BIAD, School of Jewellery, Birmingham
1994 City & Guilds Jewellery Design/ Making UCE, School of Jewellery
2000 Association of British Design Silversmiths, Silver Award, New Designers
2000 William Dudley Travel Bursary
1998 The Goldsmith Company Silversmithing Award, New Designers
1997 1st Prize, Pewter Live & Goldsmiths Award, Iron Mongers Hall, London
1997 (BA) Live lighting Award, Sheffield
1996 (HND) British Jewellers Association Prize for Design innovation
1996 UCE Rowlinson Scholarship
1995 British Jewellers Association 1st Prize for overall work
2009 Silver with a Pinch of Salt, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
Bank Street Arts, Sheffield- Exhibition-In their own words
2008 Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow - Winter collection
Goldsmiths Fair 2008- Goldsmith’s Hall, London
2007 Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow - Winter collection
Ars Ornata Europeana - Thread of Silk Exhibition Manchester Royal Exchange.
Silver Exhibition-25th Anniversary Craft Design Centre, Manchester
Origin 07 – Crafts Council, Somerset House, London
Pewter Live 07 Pewter’s Hall, Iron Mongers Hall, London
Contemporary Crafts for living - Bilston Craft Gallery
Origin 06 – Crafts Council , Somerset House, London
2006 Patterns of Identity- Bilston Craft Gallery
2004 Technique – Royal College of Art, London
The Metal Gallery – Mayfair, London
2002 Now and Then – ( V&A Millennium Galleries, Sheffield) Exhibition of Contemporary Metalwork and Jewellery
2002-03 Collide (Millennium Point, Birmingham)- Joint Artist Commission with Birmingham City Council & Craftspace Touring.
2001 Beyond Materials, Contemporary Silver Exhibition- Bangkok, Thailand
2004 Barclays Bank Silver Award Commission
2004 Market Town Awards- West Midlands, Arts Council of England Commission
2003 International Society of Performing Arts, Silver Awards Commission
2002 Arts Ball Commission, International Convention Centre, West Midlands Arts
2002 Silver Commission, Collide and Craftspace Touring Birmingham
2006/07 Pewter Review Catalogue (Short listed for Open competition)
2003 Talente- Review catalogue
2002 ABDS Newsletter
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