Michael Lloyd – one of the very finest silversmiths in the UK – was born in Salisbury in 1950. He trained first at the Birmingham School of Silversmithing and then at the Royal College of Art under Professor Robert Goodden and Professor Gerald Benney. He lives and works in a beautiful part of Galloway, and his surroundings and his environment are clearly the key influences on his work.
Michael describes himself as a compulsive maker, although his output of work is extremely small. Certainly his beautifully subtle chased silver and gold vessels illustrate a profound understanding of both material and techniques, but most of all always exude a celebration, immersion and total love of nature. Michael creates work with which you can always feel very peaceful.
Michael Lloyd works mainly to commission and major works include a bowl for Lord Porter, an offertory salver for Lichfield Cathedral and a range of chapel furnishings for St Oswald’s Hospice. In 1999 he was commissioned to make the mace presented by HM The Queen to the New Scottish Parliament.
As well as his work being found in many private collections it may also be seen in museums across the United Kingdom such as Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Fitzwilliam Museum,the Royal Scottish Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company.