Michael trained in Silversmithing and Jewellery Design at Edinburgh College of Art in the late 60s, gaining his diploma and a travelling scholarship in 1970. He produces all types of jewellery. Frequently semi-precious stones are used. On a larger scale, he makes boxes, knives, spoons and trophies. In design he is indirectly influenced by both natural and mechanical forms, but at a simpler level is inspired by the basic design elements of shape, line, colour, tone, texture, pattern and form.