While apprenticing in Carmel, California in the early 1970’s, Robin met Italian master Orlando Feriozzi, a major influence on his career Mr. Ferriozzi was an apprentice of the Italian master, Angelo Giorgio Cazzaniga, who was greatly influenced by the Castellani family, responsible for reviving the forgotten goldsmithing techniques and motifs of the Ancient Etruscan and Greek cultures.
Maestro Feriozzi was set apart by his ability to project life into his jewellery through manipulating metal forms, engraving textures, and techniques of setting the gems. As Robin recalls, “I recognized Feriozzi’s unbelievable capacity as a goldsmith and his connection to historical figures, artistic sense and aesthetics… I had already worked for years before I met him, but it was my fate – through revelation I went down the road to educate myself as a goldsmith. The major difficulty was to find the right mentor because apprenticeships didn’t really exist in the US at that time. Everywhere else it was wax casting and mass-production.
People really didn’t understand the old techniques. And here comes a guy from an obviously different cultural background. When a real genius shows up, you recognize him and follow him.”