Keith Attwood was born in London, England. He now resides in the United States, where he carries on the craft of his Grandfather who was the last of a line of Irish goldsmiths. Keith attended Brighton College of Art, and went on to study three dimensional design at Aston University in Birmingham. There he received an honors degree, with a minor in silversmithing.
After graduating in 1972, he took a position as craft apprentice in gold and silversmithing in the Cotswold workshops of Robert Welch, the respected silversmith/product designer. The techniques of hand forming and hammering that he now uses in his jewelry making were honed at this time under the guidance of John Limbrey, master craftsman. He then worked in the Hart workshops and taught for C.R. Ashby’s Guild of Handicrafts in Chipping Campden. Attwood, with partner Martyn Pugh, opened Attwood and Pugh Silversmiths near Birmingham in 1975.
The decision to move to America was prompted by marriage to his wife Linda. He established his workshop in her home town of Pittsburgh in 1976. Very soon he found support, and a market for his work through the American Crafts Council’s national shows. In 1982, he restored an historic building in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where his work continues to be created to this day.
Keith Attwood is an established creator of fine, hand-crafted jewelry. He fulfills commissions worldwide from this simple workshop on the historic South Side of Pittsburgh.