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Ronald Pearson silver pin

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArt-0075

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of one pin.


  • Creation: circa 1960-1970's


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Historical Information: Ronald Pearson

Pearson went to University of Wisconsin to study Political Science. After his education at Wisconsin he served in the Merchant Marine Corps for five years during World War II. When he returned from service he enrolled in the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. Unfortunately he only had enough money to attend R.I.T. for one semester. He decided to set up a shop in an old chicken coop near R.I.T. His first interest was in metal spinning. Pearson mostly spun hollow bronze formsbut he soon developed an interest in jewelry. The first piece he produced received a first place award in a competition. Pearson's jewelry was based on forged precious and semi-precious metal. He was the first jeweler to use this technique on non-ferrous metal.

Pearson, along with other craftsmen, opened up the first retail shop to exclusively sell unique and limited production craft items that was owned by practicing craftsmen: Shop One. Metalsmith John Prip, cabinet maker Tage Frid, ceramist Frans Wildenhain and Ronald Pearson recognized a need for this type of outlet through which to sell their work. These men organized and managed Shop One in Rochester, New York.

After opening and running Shop One, Pearson became a full-time studio artist. He taught at R.I.T., but never as a full-time instructor. Pearson did not teach often during the last ten years of his life. His studio employed several jewelers to assist in the production of his jewelry line. Pearson was certified by CETA to train people as jewelers. Some of these people went on to art school or to work for other jewelers. Pearson wrote articles and chapters of books on studio apprenticeships.

Ron Pearson was a founding member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. He sometimes worked for industry and designed his own line of flatware for the Kirk Steiff Company. He was also commissioned by several institutions and churches to execute various projects. Ronald Hayes Pearson passed away in August 1997. Pearson left a lasting impression in the metals community through his work and many contributions.


.5 Linear Feet (1 small clam shelf box)




Silver pin in lightening bolt shape stamped with hallmark "RH Pearson".

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The pin was purchased from Michaan's Auctions Alameda, CA.

Accession number(s): 2013:058

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lisa Witt in August 2013.

Ronald Pearson silver pin
RIT Art Collection
Lisa Witt
22 August 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA