Artist Statement

Michelle Cangiano is inspired by the meanings and power people imbue into jewellery and small-scale objects. The historical and present day ceremonies and rituals tied to these pieces are a constant source of wonder and enquiry. Her work spans one off pieces, small production runs and personal commissions. While working in a variety of materials such as mild steel, bone, silver, cardboard and stone, her favorite metal to work with, by far, is gold.

Artist Bio

Michelle Cangiano lives and works in Melbourne. Completing a Fine Art Degree in Painting and Drawing, she went on to study Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT, graduating with High Distinctions in 2001. In the same year she was awarded the production prize at the Fresh Awards held at Craft. In 2002 Michelle began work as a sessional lecturer at RMIT in the School of Art, Gold and Silversmithing teaching jewellery skills and conceptual drawing until mid 2010. Participating in numerous group shows since graduating, Michelle had her first solo show in 2007 at Pieces of Eight Gallery, Melbourne.

Solo Exhibition

2015 Jewellery Photo Booth.
2007 New, Used and Fused. Pieces of Eight. Melbourne.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Ring Show. Studio Ingot Melbourne.
2010 Hooked on. SALA. Zu Design. Adelaide.
2010 Ring Show. Studio Ingot.Melbourne.
2008 Companion Planting. Cast Gallery. Hobart.
2008 Twice Bitten. Pieces of Eight Gallery. Melbourne.
2008 Painted Colour. Jam Factory Adelaide.
2008 It’s Got Legs. RMIT. Melbourne.
2007 White. Pablo Fanque. Sydney.
2007 Together We’re Heavy. Pieces of Eight. Melbourne.
2007 Buda. Contemporary Silver and Metalwork. Castlemaine
2006 Catch On. Zu Design. Adelaide.
2006 City of Hobart Art Prize. Hobart.
2004 Souvenir. E.g.etal. Melbourne.
2001 Fresh! Craft Victoria. Melbourne.


2001 B.A. Fine Art. (High Distinction). RMIT, Gold & Silversmithing.
1998 Associate Diploma, Engineering. NMIT.
1991 B.A Fine Art. Painting. PIT. (RIMT).


2001 Fresh! E.g.etal limited production. Craft Victoria.
2000 Klepner Award. RMIT.

Professional Practice

2002-10 Sessional Lecturer, RMIT, Gold and Silversmithing.

2001-02 Production Assistant to Sally Marsland.2001

2004 Guest speaker Craft as a Career Seminar. Craft Victoria.