The Queen presents a distinctive gift made by NI Silversmith

The Queen has presented President Mary McAleese with a range of hand crafted gifts to mark her historic visit to the Republic. Among the works presented was a highly crafted and distinctive silver jug by Northern Ireland’s Master Silversmith, Michael McCrory.

The ‘O’ water jug [pictured here] is an exquisite work of art that combines the organic form of the jug with a geometrical ‘O’-shaped handle.

It was presented at the State Banquet at Dublin Castle on the second day of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland.

“I am very honoured and excited at the thought of having a piece presented by the Queen to be used at Áras an Uachtaráin” says Michael, “I’ve designed it to be handled and used on a daily basis. Its very hard-wearing and has a surface decoration that helps to hide fingerprints which would otherwise be visible on highly polished silver”.

Michael McCrory trained as a silversmith at Belfast College of Art and Sir John Cass College of Art, London. For over forty years McCrory has been producing silverware for commissions and exhibitions from his workshop in Hillsborough, Northern Ireland, having previously lectured in Silversmithing and Jewellery at the University of Ulster, Belfast.

Michael combines the latest production technologies with traditional silversmithing skills to produce work that is much coveted by collectors.

 In 2010, Michael was part of Craft NI’s C3 programme and he was selected for the 2011 CCOI Portfolio collection.

His work can be found in many private and public collections, including the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Ulster Museum, Belfast.

In 2009 he was selected to join the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London, ‘Who’s Who in Gold and Silver’, the prestigious directory of leading designer jewellers and silversmiths working in the UK today.

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