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Keith Tyssen
Dates: born 1934
Biographical Account:

Keith worked for several years at Sheffield College of Arts & Crafts and as Head of Design at Sheffield City Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University). Keith became a Liveryman of The Goldsmiths' Company in 1984. He is a founder member of the Association of British Designer Silversmiths (ABDS) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Keith was recently made Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Pewterers, London.

During his illustrious career, Keith Tyssen has received many awards in recognition of his work. A recent example is The Kayman Award for Design, Manufacture and Marketing, presented to him in Birmingham, 1998. He has twice been awarded Best New Product Award at London's 'Top Drawer' International Trade Fair (1990, 1995). He was also short listed for The Blueprint Award at The 100% Design Show London in 1996.

Keith Tyssen's philosophy of design…
"Any man made object should have strength of character. A design should be apt, well-conceived and realised through a well-managed combination of invention, good technique, material, construction, and thoughtful finish. These things together are essential ingredients for arriving at a fine quality product, and good design is all of that. I prefer design that makes a bold visual statement, but calmly (mostly) and well tempered enough to equip an object with a kind of reassuring presence, enabling it to stand alone, yet also able to harmonise within its setting. For me, this forms a major part of the appeal of any good design, no matter its market value or social status. It also happens that silver in particular, is a naturally responsive and almost magical material, to touch, to work, and to use. Classified as a 'noble' metal, its many natural and material qualities are complimentary to my best attempts to capture presence and appeal within the work".

Keith Tyssen's objects can be seen in many permanent collections, including those of Aberdeen Art Gallery, Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, Pewterers' Hall (London), Shipley Art Gallery (Gateshead), The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths (London), The Jewish Museum (New York, USA) and the Victoria & Albert Museum (London).

Alongside Alex Brogden, Chris Knight and Brett Payne, Keith was involved in the design and production of the Millennium Punchbowl commissioned by Sheffield Assay Office. Each designer also produced a punch cup to accompany the bowl. These objects are on permanent display at The Millennium Galleries.

Other recent Sheffield commissions include a set of choir stall candlesticks for Sheffield Cathedral in 1999 and a set of altar crosses and candlesticks for St Mary's Church in 2001-2002.

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