Liz Tyler

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

PO Box 2642, Sturminster Newton, Dorset

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 craved 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:

2002
Awarded Travel Bursary from South West Arts towards exhibiting at Munich
Second Prize for Platinum and Diamond ‘Arabesque Heart’ Pendant, Kayman Awards

2000
Commendations for Finished Designer Jewellery pieces and Design section, Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards

1998
Winner, Best Design in Diamonds, UK Jewellery Awards
First Prize Joint Winner, Silver Teapot Competition, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
Commendation, Designer Silverware, Goldsmiths’ Craft Council, Craftsmanship and Design Awards

1996
Finalist, Best Design in Gold, UK Jewellery Awards

1995
Commendation, Fine Jewellery, Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Awards

1994
Winner, Designer of the Year, UK Jewellery Awards Freeman, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and The City of London

1993
First Prize, Prototype Fine Jewellery, Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards
Finalist, Woman of Achievement Award, Cosmopolitan Magazine
Winner, Export Award and Grant for Basle, LENTA

1991
First Prize, Designer Finished Pieces and Jewellery, Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards

1990
Finalist, De Beers Diamond International Awards

1986
Finalist, De Beers Diamond International Awards

Education:

1977/78 Barnet Art Foundation Course
1978/81 BA (Hons 21) 3D Design in Silversmithing and Jewellery, Leicester Polytechnic
1981/88 Working in the trade sorting diamonds; diamond and coloured stone buyer; production and sales assistant and designer
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, USA
1996 Syn-clastic Raising with Heikki Seppa, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine, USA

Public Collections:

2001
The Renaissance of Yellow Gold, The World Gold Council, London, England

2000
Promoting an Aurora Collection for New Millennium Gold, The World Gold Council, London, England

1999-2000
The ##Platinum# Collections

1996 Promoting a collection of 18ct gold neckwear, The World Gold Council, London, England
Produced the Harmony Collection for Jewellery Trends Catalogue, The World Gold Council, London, England

1995
Consultant Designer for Jewellery Trends Catalogue, The World Gold Council, London, England

1993
Produced the Essential Collection for Jewellery Trends Catalogue, The World Gold Council, London, England

1992
Holly Collection, Glorious Gifts of Gold, The World Gold Council, London, England

1991
Organic and Elementary Collections for Jewellery Trends Catalogue, The World Gold Council, London, England

1990
18ct 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

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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    Arrow Ring

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    Surf ring set

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    Celebration Brooch

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    Vitality Pendant and Earstuds

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    Grace Ring Set

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    Scroll ring set

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    Rhapsody Tahitian pearl necklace

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