Robert Welch trained at the Birmingham School of Art under Ralph Baxandale and Cyril Shiner. From 1952 to 1955 he attended the Royal College of Art in London. He was then appointed design consultant to J. J. Wiggin of Walsall. The firm were pioneers in the production of stainless steel tableware in Great Britain. Welch's designs for Wiggin's, under the Old Hall label, won three Design Centre Awards for the company. Throughout his career, he continued to practise as a highly successful silversmith and undertook several important commissions for Goldsmiths' Hall.