Since 1967 Michael has completed numerous silversmithing commissions that include domestic ware and church work. He is interested in restoring early silverware and has been commissioned to complete a number of restorations including a chalice (1689) and a church mace (1786). He is happy to quote for any similar type of work.
Commissioning work is a straightforward process. Please don't hesitate to contact Michael for further details including a quotation.
Notable commissions include:
O Water Jug (2011)
In 2011 the British Embassy in Dublin purchased Michael's 'O Water Jug' for Queen Elizabeth II to give to President Mary McAleese on the occasion of the Queen's state visit to Ireland in 2011.
In 2009 Michael was commissioned to design and make a Ciborium for the Parish of Limavady, N. Ireland. Michael produces designs using the Cinema 4D software, before creating them using traditional silversmithing techniques. The Ciborium was made in silver, 18ct gold and garnets and was engraved by John Harrison.
Restoration of Church Mace (2002)
In 2002 Michael was commissioned by Hillsborough Parish Church, N. Ireland to restore an Eighteenth century Mace. The Mace was in extremely poor condition with several cracks in the silver which rendered it unusable. To restore the Mace, Michael had to completely dismantle it and repair and strengthen it before re-assembling it.
Cake Slice/Lifter (1998)
In 1998 Professor Benton Rabinovitch, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, Seattle, commissioned Michael to design and make a silver cake slice/lifter for The Rabinovitch Collection, having seen his work in a catalogue from an exhibition at Goldsmiths' Hall, London.
This design is reproduced in his book Contemporary Silver: Commissioning, Designing, Collecting. The book illustrates the work of 34 British Silversmiths and 29 American Silversmiths. The Rabinovitch Collection has now been presented to the V&A Museum, London.
Presidential Shield of Mary Robinson (1997)
In 1997 Michael and his wife Deirdre McCrory were commissioned to create the Presidential Heraldic Shield of Mary Robinson (Seventh President of Ireland) for Dublin Castle. The shield was commissioned to commemorate Mary Robinson's Presidential term of office and hangs in Dublin Castle with shields for all of Ireland's past presidents.
University of Ulster Staves (1996)
Following the commission of the University of Ulster Mace in 1991, Michael was commissioned in 1996 to design and make two silver Staves for the University of Ulster. The Staves featured enameled coats of arms by his wife Deirdre McCrory and engraving by John Harrison.
University of Ulster Mace (1991)
In 1991 Michael was commissioned to design and make a Mace for the University of Ulster. The Mace featured an enameled coat of arms by his wife Deirdre McCrory and engraving by Bill Kirk.