KEITH TYSSEN studied Art & Design from 1950 to 1955 achieving a 1st class Hons. NDD. in Silversmithing from Sheffield College of Arts & Crafts. He then did Postgraduate Studies at the Royal College of Art under Prof. Robert Goodden 1957 to 1960. From 1960 he taught in Sheffield. Following on retirement from a career in Higher Education and many stimulating years teaching aspects of 3-D Design with Silversmithing and Jewellery, plus 16 less enjoyable years as Head of Design Department through to Sheffield Hallam University, Keith has joyfully returned to pursue his passion for design and carefully producing useful artefacts in silver and in other metals, for Companies, Public Institutions, Religious Groups and for private Collectors, both to commission and via exhibitions. By his patient and particular approach to designing and working with metals such as pewter, brass and iron, Keith Tyssen is bringing the highly disciplined ‘eye’ of a designer-silversmith to a range of materials often overlooked. He suggests, "this is a more refined and critical approach which gives to my work in other metals, both a personal and carefully considered design and manufacturing response". His thoughts on design are direct: "Any 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 article with a reassuring presence, enabling it to stand alone, yet 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 happens that silver in particular, is a naturally responsive, purifying and almost magical material to touch, to work with and to use. Described as ‘a noble metal’, silver's many natural and material qualities are complimentary to my best efforts to capture presence and appeal within the work."

For an extended biography and more illustrations of his work, see a full chapter on KEITH TYSSEN in my book:      (click on this link}:                                                                       
DESIGNER BRITISH SILVER - from Studios Established 1930-1985 (   

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Sheffield 1990

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 7 cm
£ 120.00
Sheffield 2010

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 19 cm
£ 250.00