Age 16 First job: Trainee Silversmith.
The job advert read: "Wanted, young man with artistic abilities to train as a Silversmith."
"...The decision was made, and, before I could change my mind, my mother accompanied me by bus into the centre of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter for my first ever job interview."
Mr Jack Morris
Harry Ingram - Silversmith
"...In the works office, Mr Jack Morris, managing director of Ellis & Co, Silversmiths to the Trade, interviewed me and was very impressed with my portfolio. So impressed, he gave me a commission, there and then, to paint a picture of his pet cocker spaniel dog."
"...It was hard to imagine then, at that moment in time, how fond I was to become of this frail, grey haired, kind, gentle, seventy six year old, traditional craftsman, as he put me through my paces. And how I would come to respect and admire him. And how much I would come to learn, not only the trade, but about life in general, from his life. From the stories we would share as we worked together, of all the changes he had seen and experienced since his childhood in the eighteen nineties, when he was a lad just starting out.
I was to spend every working day, forty-two and a half hours a week for two years with that old man. I watched and listened and absorbed from his immense knowledge and skills, all there was to know about silversmithing. And in return I confided in him all the problems and anxieties of a teenager of that time, growing into adolescence, until one day, he died."