Liz Tyler

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

PO Box 2642, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1YH

Biography:

I aim to produce essentially feminine and graceful jewellery and silverware, with a strong sense of movement in the design. A recurring feature in whatever scale I am working in is that the fittings and decoration frequently form an integral party of the item, so there is no interruption in the flow of the design. I work primarily to commission and, having trained as a diamond sorter and stone buyer, I delight in selecting beautiful diamonds and fabulous coloured gemstones – usually from Germany for their exquisite and unusual gem cutting skills. I specialise in using the hammering techniques anti-clastic raising, whereby I produce 2 curves in opposite direction, saddle-like, which allows me to create curvaceous pieces, large yet light, flexible yet strong. These I compliment or combine with carved and cast pieces with sympathetic fluid lines. I have won several awards, most significantly ‘Best Design in Diamonds ’ at the UK Jewellery Awards 1998 and most recently the Kayman Awards 2002. My designs regularly feature in The Platinum Collections and The World Gold Council collections. My most significant pieces are now signed by laser and the larger diamonds I use are certificated to confirm their unique quality.

Specialist Techniques:

Anti-clastic raising techniques where two curves are hammered up in opposite directions, saddle-like, producing large yet light, flexible yet strong fluid forms. Wax carving.

Awards:

2002Awarded Travel Bursary from South West Arts towards exhibiting at MunichSecond Prize for Platinum and Diamond ‘Arabesque Heart’ Pendant, Kayman Awards2000Commendations for Finished Designer Jewellery pieces and Design section, Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards1998Winner, Best Design in Diamonds, UK Jewellery AwardsFirst Prize Joint Winner, Silver Teapot Competition, The Worshipful Company of GoldsmithsCommendation, Designer Silverware, Goldsmiths’ Craft Council, Craftsmanship and Design Awards1996Finalist, Best Design in Gold, UK Jewellery Awards1995Commendation, Fine Jewellery, Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Awards1994Winner, Designer of the Year, UK Jewellery Awards Freeman, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and The City of London1993First Prize, Prototype Fine Jewellery, Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council AwardsFinalist, Woman of Achievement Award, Cosmopolitan MagazineWinner, Export Award and Grant for Basle, LENTA1991First Prize, Designer Finished Pieces and Jewellery, Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards1990Finalist, De Beers Diamond International Awards1986Finalist, De Beers Diamond International Awards

Education:

1977/78 Barnet Art Foundation Course 1978/81 BA (Hons 21) 3D Design in Silversmithing and Jewellery, Leicester Polytechnic1981/88 Working in the London jewellery trade sorting diamonds-- Monnickendam ltd; diamond and coloured stone buyer-Leo de Vroomen production and sales assistant and designer-Argenta. 1988/89 City and Guilds Certificate in advanced diamond mounting techniques, gained FGA & DGA, Sir John Cass College, London 1989 Anti-clastic Raising with Michael Good, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine, USA1996 Syn-clastic Raising with Heikki Seppa, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine, USA

Public Collections:

2001The Renaissance of Yellow Gold, The World Gold Council, London, England2000Promoting an Aurora Collection for New Millennium Gold, The World Gold Council, London, England1999-2000The ##Platinum# Collections1996 Promoting a collection of 18ct gold neckwear, The World Gold Council, London, EnglandProduced the Harmony Collection for Jewellery Trends Catalogue, The World Gold Council, London, England 1995Consultant Designer for Jewellery Trends Catalogue, The World Gold Council, London, England1993Produced the Essential Collection for Jewellery Trends Catalogue, The World Gold Council, London, England 1992Holly Collection, Glorious Gifts of Gold, The World Gold Council, London, England1991Organic and Elementary Collections for Jewellery Trends Catalogue, The World Gold Council, London, England 199018ct Yellow Gold Hair Ornament for the Natural Gold Collection, The World Gold Council, London, England 1989 ##Diamond# Ring, 1989 ##Diamond# Showcase, De Beers, London, England

Exhibitions:

2015 - 2018 Craft And Design Experience, RHS Garden Wisley 2018 'Desire' - Kensington Town Hall 2017 50 Dorset Makers book launch and exhibition 2017 Desire, Chelsea Town Hall 2016 Walford Mill Gallery, Wimborne, Dorset 2016 Craft in Focus, Sevenoaks 2016 Craft and Design Show, Henley 2014 - 2015 ‘Hallmark’ at Somerset House, London 2013 Guggleton Gallery, Stalbridge, Dorset, DT10 2RQ 2013 'Desire' - Kensington Town Hall 2011 - 2012 Goldsmiths' Pavilion, London Jewellery Week, Somerset House. 2008/10/12/14 Dorset Art Weeks, Old Courtyard Gallery, Briantspuddle. 2009 - 2016 'Desire', Winchester Town Hall. 2010 Aaron Faber Gallery, New York and SOFA, Chicago - special invitation. 2008/09/10/15 'Craft in Focus', Richmond, London. 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2017 'Desire' Jewellery and Silversmithing Show, Chelsea. 2003 'Love Story' exhibition, Goldsmiths’ Hall. 2004 - 2006 Dorset Art Weeks, The Old CoachHouse, Wyke. Dorset. 2002 'Celebration in Silver and Gold' exhibition for the Queens Jubilee, Goldsmiths Hall. 2002 'Inhorgenta', Munich, with the Crafts Council. 2002 - 2003 'The Crafts Movement' exhibitions at Chelsea and Hampstead. 2001/06/08/09 Roger Billcliffe Gallery,Glasgow, Christmas exhibition. 2001 'Arts in Hospital' Christmas exhibition,Sherborne House,Dorset. 2001 Heffern Gallery, St Louis,USA. 2000/02 Dorset Art Weeks, The Slade Centre,Gillingham,Dorset. 1999 - 2000 'Designer Jewellers Group' Celebration Millennium Exhibition, Barbican. 1999 Chelsea Crafts Quarter. Chelsea Town Hall. 1999 NEC Spring Trade Show. 1998 Produced a silver teapot for the 'Silver & Tea' exhibition at Goldsmiths' Hall. 1998 Dorset Art Week at Guggleton Farm Arts Project, Stalbridge, Dorset. 1997 - 1998 ARTISAN exhibition, Edinburgh. 1993 - 2003 Dazzle, London, Glasgow, Manchester, Edinburgh and Brighton. 1994 Retrospective 'Designer Jewellers' Group exhibition at Goldsmiths' Hall. 1994 Basle, Switzerland, International Trade Fair. 1994 Exhibited in 'Ring the Changes' at Design Yard, Dublin. 1993 'Paper to Platinum', Lesley Craze - christmas exhibition. 1993 - 1994 'Decorative Arts Today' exhibition at Bonhams. 1992 'British Goldsmiths of Today' at Goldsmiths' Hall. 1991 Electrum Gallery - 20th Anniversary Show. 1990 - 1998 The London International Jewellery Fair Earls' Court. 1989 - 2013 Goldsmiths' Fair. Goldsmiths' Hall, London.

Publications:

Encyclopaedia of Jewellery Making Techniques, Jinks McGrath Jewellers Directory of Shape and Form, Elizabeth Oliver Numerous publications in exhibition catalogues, magazines and newspaper articles


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