A tactile vessel exploring the quieter, deeper and perhaps more emotional character of this material while proposing or implying we can love and enjoy using it without it having to be brightly shining. The lighter surfaces have been rubbed-back from darker oxidising. Visual weight is acheived using a double-skin form of construction. 240mm (9.5") dia. Britannia silver, 2009
Pair of 3-light Candlesticks commissioned by The Goldsmiths’ Company for Newnham College, Cambridge and designed for use on their unusually narrow Top-table in the Great Hall at Newnham, with its impressive ‘barrelled’ ceiling. 430mm (17”) high, Sterling silver, 1971
Nine independent candlesticks locating on a glass platform. Fixed 'studs' on the glass give locations for the nine independently useable candlesticks any of which may be lifted off and stood on the table or elsewhere and offering maximum flexible use. So much for silver that doesn't require to be cleaned. 375mm (14.75”) long x 265mm (10.5”) wide (the glass), Sterling silver all darkly oxidised, 2007
Eight variations on the theme Serving Spoons. I hand-forged the Master Patterns, from which moulds were made to produce wax patterns used (lost) in the process of making these spoons by the lost-wax casting process. The largest is 260mm (10.25") long, the smallest (for serving rice) is 197mm (7.75"), Sterling silver, 2009/10
Commissioned by a private collector and personalised with engraving 88mm (3.5") high, Britannia silver richly gilded, 2009
Two Bowls expressing joy in darkly patinated/oxidised surfaces. Double-skin construction adds visual weight and offers thermal insulation, making these vessels ideal for practical use with foods such as hot porridge or chilled watercress soup. Only two have been made in mixed metals and form part of a CBS two-year European touring exhibition, three or four others are made entirely in silver. 175mm (7") dia. Britannia silver (upper side and foot) and copper (underside), 2008
An established maker of thoughtfully designed and skilfully made metalwork. Keith is a designer-silversmith working since 1960 and whose current work is still vigorously engaged. It forms a part of numerous private collections and there are examples in several national collections/museums including the Victoria & Albert Museum (albeit in pewter only at the V&A).
How to contact Keith Tyssen.
+44 (0)7710 060 700