I’m Robin, of House of Cassady. I’m the newest resident goldsmith to
join the studio, and am so excited to have joined such a creative, vibrant and
friendly environment. I have newly
returned to Toronto (my home town!), after spending 18 years in the United
Kingdom, which is where I did most of my training in goldsmithing.
I have been making jewellery for about 15
years, and have made a number of commissions for people (some of which are
client’s piece of raw amber, that they wanted to have made into a pendant, so I
made a sterling silver crocheted cage for it.
silver riveted cufflinks with a scratch finish and oxidised recess
silver and 9ct rose gold with opal triplets and round faceted sapphires made
for a client on the Isle of Harris in the outer Hebrides of Scotland-inspired
by the beaches and seaweed when I visited about two years ago.
I spent a number of years exploring
different techniques and getting to know the kind of style I most enjoy, with
most of my inspiration coming from the world around me in nature, and
science. I love more organic shapes,
texture and colour, and try to mix these elements up in my different pieces.
you’ll be able to see my inaugural collection, inspired by immune cells (which
I used to work on). The original ideas
for some of these pieces (pictured below) came from an initiative to blend
science and art, a collaboration between the Edinburgh University and the
Edinburgh College of Art (where I was living and working at the time in
sterling silver roller printed hollow domes, in varying finishes on delicate
silver bead effect chains
Sadly, the initiative never
quite got off the ground. However, the germ of an idea was born, and has
culminated in a whole range of shapes that I use as base components. The components underlie the unique, sterling
silver contemporary pieces I have been making, incorporating gemstones, and