Tony Kean, a trained art and craft teacher, took to making jewellery professionally in 1979 with the assistance of the Craft Council of Australia. He established a workshop in Maldon Victoria, supplying work to over 40 outlets around Australia. In 1995 the workshop was moved to Bendigo where it continues to produce works of sculpture and jewellery on a wholesale and retail basis.
In 2007 Kate Blackwood became the new owner of ‘Tony Kean Jewellery’ having been Tony’s apprentice for four years previous and successfully completing Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacturing. Through becoming the first student Affiliate member of the Gold and Silversmith Guild of Australia she has had the rare opportunity to meet and obtain advice from some of the most prominent jewellers in Australia.
Tony continues to have an active part in the production of work, in stock and commissions.
His unique designs have become well know in Australia, over the last three decades.
Tony’s work is usually based on Australian landscape, and its birds and animals, his distinctive use of titanium has become one of his hallmarks.
Points of Interest
• Inaugural member of the Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia, 1988.
• Secretary of the Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia, 1988.
• Awarded first Life Membership of the Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia, 1997.
• BHP – Gifts for launch of “Shearwater” 1990.
• BHP – Gifts for launch of “Seaeagle” 1992.
• NSW Government bid – Provision of Gifts for the delegates involved in “Olympic 2000” in Monte Carlo in 1993.
• Regalia for Assistant Anglican Bishop of Tasmania 1994.
• Federal Government – Australia’s gift to France – “D-Day” Celebrations 1994.
• Geelong College – Student badge Award 1995.
• Shell Coal Mine Safety Award 1996.
• City of Melbourne – Ceremonial Keys 1996.
• Crest for Shire of Gannawarra 1997.
• Mayoral chain for City of Greater Bendigo 1997.
Supplier of gifts to some of Australia’s leading companies, including;
• Federal Government