Roger Millar studied silversmithing and jewellery design at the Glasgow School of Art, and the Royal College of Art, London.

Following a period of bench experience and freelance design work in the fine jewellery trade in London, he entered higher education teaching, first in Wales, then Dundee and the United States, finally returning to the Glasgow School of Art as Head of the Department of Silversmithing and Jewellery in 1984. In the following 21 years under his leadership, S&J at GSA became established as one of the most enduring and important degree courses in the United Kingdom, and its recent graduates have contributed greatly to the strength in depth of the craft in Scotland and beyond.

Millar was elected to the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and gained the Freedom of the City of London in 1985. In recognition of his significant contribution to education in design and craft, he was awarded, in 1999, an Honorary Professorship of the University of Glasgow at the Glasgow School of Art.

He took early retirement from GSA in 2005 to concentrate full-time on his own studio work. He now continues to do some part-time and summer-school teaching and undertakes consultancy work in the UK and abroad.

Selected exhibitions since 1995
2012   ‘Fit for Purpose’ at ‘Made in Britain’ – Victoria and Albert Museum, London
    ‘Made in Scotland’ – The Fleming Collection, London
    Design Collection 2012 – Roger Billcliffe  Gallery, Glasgow
2011   ‘SidexSide-Edge>Edge’  - CBS - The Capstone Gallery, Liverpool, England.

‘Silver Month’, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

    ‘Glasgow Silver’, Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh
    ’40 Years in the Tower’ – Glasgow School of Art
2010   ‘Silver of the Stars’ – The Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, Alberta; Sheraton Hotel, Edinburgh; SECC, Glasgow;  Dick Institute, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
    ‘SidexSide-Edge>Edge’ – CBS – Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

‘Come Rain, Come Shine’ - 2010 – Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow


‘Silver of the Stars’ – The Gregg Museum of Art and Design, North Carolina; The San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design; The Royal British Columbia Museum, Vancouver

    ‘SidexSide-Edge>Edge’ - CBS -   Håme Castle, Håmelinna, Finland
2008   ‘Silver – Made in Scotland’ – National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
    British Silver Week 2008
    CBS ‘Connect Collection’ - (Touring)

Design Collection 2008 – Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

2007   ‘Silver of the Stars’ – V&A Museum, London; The Forbes Gallerries, New York;             The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg; The World Art Museum, Beijing;             The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto

Thomas Goode Exhibition, London, by The Scottish Gallery.

    ABDS ‘Connect Collection’, Birmingham.
    Design Collection 2007 – Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2006   ‘!00% Proof 2’ – Oriel Myddin Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales
    Autumn Show - Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2005   ‘100% Proof 2’ – Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Mass., Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco, and FLOW gallery, London
2004   ‘Cityscape’, Roger Billcliffe Gallery
‘Micromegas’ – Oratorio di San Rocca, Musei Civici agli Eremitani, Padua
2002   'Micromegas' - American Craft Museum, NY and Fine Art Museum, Geneva, and Gallery YU, Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery,Tokyo; Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, Australia; Curtin University, Perth, Australia
    10th Anniversary exhibition - Roger Bilcliffe Gallery
    'The Teapot Redefined' - SOFA Chicago / Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Mass.
‘Teapots’ – Scottish Gallery
2001   Solo Exhibition - Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota USA
    'Micromegas' - BKV Gallery, Munich
    '100% Proof' - Flow Gallery - London, Cambridge (Massachusetts), New York, San Francisco
    SOFA, Chicago - Scottish Gallery
2000   'The Millennium Silver Collection' - Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh and London
    Solo Exhibition - Suraci Gallery, Marywood University, Pennsylvania
1999   ‘Silver by Design’ – Billcliffe Gallery
1998   Propositions 2 – Thinking through Drawing’ – GSA
    Solo show “New Works’ – Scottish Gallery
1997   ‘Silver from Scotland’ – Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scottish Gallery, Crafts Council Gallery, London (with catalogue essay)
    Solo show ‘Luz Prateada’ – Billcliffe gallery
1995-6   ‘Living Silver’ - Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; Crafts Council Gallery, London; New York, San Francisco, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg
Private commissions include works for presentation to:
Her Majesty The Queen
The Duke of Edinburgh
The Secretary of State for Scotland
Bute House Silver Collection
Commissions for:
The Scottish Executive
Tayside Regional Council
Glasgow City Council
The National Trust
The Archbishop of St Davids
The Archbishop of Monmouth
The Archbishop of Brechin
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow
The Scottish Radiological Society
The Incorporation of Nine Trades of Dundee
The Trades House of Glasgow
Incorporation of Goldsmiths of Edinburgh
An Comunn Gaidhealach
Glasgow Caledonian University
Strathclyde University
Glasgow School of Art
The National Union of Students
Scottish Engineering
Unilever PLC
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Mass
Engraving on 2 badges of office by William Kirk.
All other engraving on silver work by John Cairns.
Medal engraving by Kirkwoods, Edinburgh.
Stainless steel and brass components for the Scottish Engineering Award 2001 trophy made by apprentice Adam Loudon, courtesy of Walker Precision Engineering Ltd, Glasgow.
Photographs of RCSG rose bowl - ©Graham Lees
Photograph of large round table centrepiece - ©Antonia Reeve
Nicola Benedetti photo ©Alastair Devine
All other images ©Roger Millar