best known as a sculptor, throughout his life Michael was also a
painter. In his youth in Cairo as a member of a surrealist group,
his work was predominantly in oils. After it was favourably received,
he was commissioned to complete five large murals. Later he produced
work in watercolours and crayons. In the 1970’s, his trip
to Japan prompted him to begin to work in the calligraphic style
of brush and inks and his first pieces, originally intended as wrapping
paper, were quickly converted by collectors into traditional wall
produced some large sculptures using Portland Limestone, Marble,
Acrylic, Bronze and Wood.
The first piece was created while Michael was at Camberwell Collage
of Arts & Crafts. The sculptor Sir Henry Moore watched him working
on it and commented: 'Ah, a Henry Moore, and a damned good one
1947, Michael worked at the Madoura Pottery in Vallaruis in France,
where he threw pots for Picasso.
1952, Michael had began to design innovative spectacle frames. With
a starting capital of only £15 he went on to found an international
group of successful companies. He retired from the business world
half a century has passed since Michael Birch began designing and
manufacturing cat eye glasses frames, many of them are designs so
bold that they almost look like the creations of a modern fashion
house and given Birch's fanatical insistence on high quality, large
numbers have survived to be collected and worn today.
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