Keith Redfern

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

I started making small pieces of silversmithing at school when I was fourteen. The visual arts, in particular drawing and painting, have always been compelling. These absorbing disciplines, especially drawing, are still central to everything I design and make. Whatever the medium, the challenge is always to find a unity of line, form and proportion. Drawing in its broadest sense is the means by which these aims are achieved. I work almost entirely to commission because I see the practice of designing and making silverware and jewellery as a partnership or joint venture. I try to deliver quality of ideas, design solutions and technical skills. The other side of the matrix is the commissioner, whose input is vital in terms of requirement, usage, cost consideration and, of course, personal likes and dislikes. I much prefer working to, and satisfying, a demanding brief because I want my designs to be owned as well as appreciated. Within this framework, I attempt to maintain an open experimental approach and keep my personal design development moving. There are no pretentious theories or mysteries behind my work. I aim to design and make silverware and jewellery which has beauty, value and permanence. It is necessary to have understanding and sympathy for silver and gold to make the most of these beautiful and versatile metals. They last for ever and time exposes shallow, self indulgent or frivolous work.

Specialist Techniques:

All hand wrought techniques employed with selected machine support.

Awards:

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Tea Pot Competition for Silver & Tea, A Perfect Blend, Goldsmiths' Hall, Highly Commended
Royal College of Art, Three Dimensional Design Prize
Royal College of Art, Travel Scholarship

Education:

NDD Painting & Silversmithing, Sheffield College of Art DES RCA, 1st Class Honours, Silversmithing & Jewellery, Royal College of Art, London Elkington & Co. Ltd., Staff Designer British Silverware Ltd., Staff Designer & Consultant Silver Workshops Ltd., Director & Designer Keith Redfern Designs, Private Design & Production Practice

Public Collections:

Keith Redfern's work is represented in many private collections including the following:- HM Queen Elizabeth II HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother HM Government (Gift to Dominica) The Silver Trust, 10 Downing Street, London City Livery Companies The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London, England The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, London, England The Worshipful Company of Drapers, London, England The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, London, England The Worshipful Company of Glovers, London, England The Worshipful Company of Tilers & Bricklayers, London, England The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers, London, England Universities & Schools Pembroke College, Cambridge, England St Johns College, Cambridge, England The University of Essex, Chelmsford, England The University of Sussex, Brighton, England The Royal College of Art, London, England City of London School, England Churches including Westminster Abbey, London, England Lichfield Cathedral, England Corporate Collections The Bank of England, London, England The Middle Temple, London, England British Broadcasting Corporation, London, England Sir Basil Spence & Partners, England John Bonnington Partnership, England Courtaulds, England Asprey, England Grenadier Guards, England


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    Pair of Silver Water Jugs

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    Communion Flagon

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    Communion Set

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    Ruby & Diamond Engagement Ring

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    Gold Ring with Cabochon Star Sapphire

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    Gold Ring with Cabochon Moonstone

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    Gold Finger Rings with Opal, Moonstones & Diamonds

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    Gold Ring with Diamonds & Sapphires

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    Gold Ring with Oval Ruby & Diamonds

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    Gold and Diamond Earrings

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    Silver Bracelet with Moonstones

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    Yellow & White Solid Brooch with Diamonds

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    Gold Necklace with Opal & Diamonds

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    Silver Key Ring & Fob

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    Silver & Rosewood Desk Set

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    Silver Gilt Wine Cup

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    Rosewater Dish

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    Coffee Urn on Yew Wood Stand

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    Silver Tea Pot with Hornbeam Handle and Knop

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    Six Light Candelabra

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