Michael Lloyd studied silversmithing at Vittoria School of Jewellery, Birmingham (1970-1973), under Ralph Baxendale, and at the Royal College of Art, London (1976). He established his first studio on a Dutch barge, mainly in France, before establishing his current studio and home in South West Scotland in 1988. Working principally to commission, Michael’s hand-raised and chased silver vessels are, in his own words, ‘a homage to the natural world’. Patterns and images are all drawn from his close observation
of the environment around his rural Dumfriesshire home. He has received many significant commissions over the years, both public and private including ritual vessels for Lichfield Cathedral (1990/1991) and York Minster (1999); the mace for the Scottish Parliament (1999); the Millennium Collection for Bute House (2000). Works have also been included in important exhibitions such as Twentieth Century Silver, Crafts Council (1991) and Treasures of the Twentieth Century, Goldsmiths’ Company (2000). Public collections include: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum; Birmingham Museums Trust; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Goldsmiths’ Company, London; National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; V&A Dundee.
“Drawing is a fundamental necessity for a designer: it is a first-hand experience of …line and form, the poetry of proportion…a sense of bearing witness. It is a discipline which requires a level of concentration that brings the draughtsman into a closer relationship with that being drawn.”
Michael Lloyd, Twelve Vessels, 2010