Ian Calvert was born in 1938 and began his craft education at 13. A visiting lecturer at the Gravesend School of Art inspired him to stay on for extra evening classes and by his third year Ian was offered a 4 year apprenticeship by R.E Stone in 1954.
In 1957 he was chosen to represent Britain in the International Apprenticeship competition in Madrid and was awarded first prize by General Franco. On his return he was offered a teaching position at Gravesend but aged 19 felt he was not ready.
He became a Freeman of the Company in
1959 then worked for Wakely and Wheeler 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.