|Pearson went to University of Wisconsin to study Pole 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 forms.
Pearson 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 to 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 very much 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. Pearson
sometimes worked for industry. He 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. He was a
prominent figure in the metalsmithing field, and one that is dearly missed.