Seth Tyler:
Artist’s Statement
email • Studio: 6200 A West Mequon Road, Mequon, WI

All content on this web site copyright © 2009 Seth Tyler
Metals became a focal point in my life when, at the age of thirteen, I began exploring the art and craft of jewelry. By nineteen, the desire for self-sufficiency drove me to tool making and the vastness of ferrous metals. This quickly led to full-time concentration on larger scale functional, decorative and sculptural forms.

In 2002, I opened Tyler Studios Ltd in Mequon, WI to pursue my personal vision. I work directly with private, commercial, and public clients, as well as through their designers and contractors.

In terms of aesthetics, I appreciate and utilize the inevitable fingerprint of the maker. The direct process of forging allows for an improvisational quality to exist in a seemingly rigid substance. The surfaces reflect the unpredictable nature of the textural and color nuances in a given process. With each new piece, I explore and exploit these properties.

Seth Tyler

Oct. 2002 – Present: Sculptor, Principal
Tyler Studios, Limited, Mequon, WI

  • Creating sculpture for exhibition and sales
  • Creating interior and exterior architectural metal work

May 2002 – Oct. 2002: Assistant
Chelsea Boat Works, Milwaukee, WI, Mike Garniss, Owner

  • Building and repairing of classic wooden boats.
  • Extensive tasks of fine wood and metal working.
  • Constructed stainless steel cut-waters, custom rails, copper galley.
  • Repairs to safety and mechanical elements.

Aug. 2001 – Jan. 2002: Blacksmith
Tom Wilson, Metalworker, Milwaukee, WI

  • Responsible for all phases of producing fine ornamental metalwork.

July 1999 – July 2001: Blacksmith’s Assistant
Bighorn Forge Ironworks, Kewaskum, WI, Dan Nauman, Owner

  • Assisstant to Professional Blacksmith
    Managed satellite studio in Cedarburg, WI for majority of last year of employment.
    Instructor of basic and advanced forging techniques for classes offered by Bighorn Forge.

Dec. 1997 – Mar. 1999: Adventurer
Traveled from San Diego to Panama City, Panama.

  • Learned SCUBA in Honduras, and Spanish along the way.
    In Panama (six months) worked as a line-handler on yachts transiting the canal (always amazed by the hugeness of such mechanisms and the relative sculptural presence of the components in each lock).
  • Constructed and sold hand-made, uniquely carved oars, with only a few simple hand-tools, learning many basics of small business, in Spanish no less.
  • Performed many other jobs relating to boat repair.
  • Sailed the Maeva Chiqui, a 56-foot yacht, from Panama City, concluded delivery four months later in Coffs Harbour, Australia. The journey took us to the Galapagos Islands, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas, and the Kingdom of Tonga. A lightning strike soon after leaving Panama complicated the 10,000 nm passage, leaving us with only rudimentary electronics, and weakened rigging.
  • In Australia (three months) restored and repaired yachts, and explored the uniqueness of the surrounding area.

June 1997: Wild Land Firefighter
Sierra College, Rocklin, CA

  • Basic Wild land Firefighting, Member of on-call crew. OC-1

Aug. 1996 – Jan. 1997: Walker and Canoeist

  • Walked across the state of New York. Worked in logging camp for 6 weeks. Traveled south by canoe along Susquehanna River and a tributary, to Chesapeake Bay. Continued on Eastern Shore of CB to Virginia. Worked for a few weeks, then walked on Appalachian trail from Harrisburg, PA to Harper’s Ferry, WV.

Aug. 1991 – June 1994: Student
Appleton High School West, Appleton, WI

  • Independent study of Metal Jewelry Techniques.
  • Instructed personal techniques to classes.

Teaching History

-Torah Academy, Glendale, Wi

2007 60 students, 9-12 grade

flower forging and fabrication workshop at studio

Yeshiva Milwaukee,Wi

2008 50 students, 3-8 grade

copper forming and assembly  introduction class

-Hillel Academy

2008 student and parent collaborative in studio

flower forging workshop

-Milwaukee Jewish day School

2009 15 students, 7-8 grade

8 week course at MJDS; metal sculpture course with collaborative final piece.


Info Magazine

M Magazine/ N Shore

M Magazine/ Metro

Fireplace tools, Dona Meilach

The Sourcebook of Architectural and Interior Art.


United Artists of America, New York, NY.

Gallery 303, Madison, WI.

Metro Hotel Gallery Night, 2009, Milwaukee, WI.

Arrtscape, Milwaukee. Outdoor sculpture show in historic Third Ward District.


4 responses

27 02 2010
Gina Perkins

Dear Seth,
I just ordered your hand crafted wine key from Etsy – it arrived today. Your work is beautiful, thank you. I am giving it as a gift and would love to include your business card, a well as any details about how the key was crafted. Is that something you’d be willing to mail me?


27 02 2010
seth tyler


Thank you so much for the kind words. I very much appreciate the feedback, especially when it’s good feedback.

I will get a business card in the mail to you on Monday, as well as some images and descriptions of the process of making the wine key.

Fondest Regards,


18 07 2010
Jimmy and Michele Fortunato

Hey Seth, Michele and I were waiting for our visiting family in the lobby of the Metro Hotel and Michele said to me ” I know that work” . Sure enough it was yours. It is Beautiful. We are living in Cedarburg so give us a call just to chat and say Hi. We miss seeing you. we both use Michele’s cell 262-894-4097 and our email and Facebook Jimmy Fortunato. Whe and where are you so we may be able to stop in and say Hi or maybe have lunch or coffee?? Talk with you soon I hope. Michele and Jimmy

14 10 2010
Paul Perkovich

I drove by your studio before, and just seeing the outside was sure I ought to keep you in mind.
I’m a landscape designer, and want to next year expand on our top residential design to, when appropriate, include some art.
While I could envision free standing small pieces, I could also see some structural steel creations.
I hope this would be of interest to you.
Paul Perkovich

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