Carlier Makigawa

Australia, b.1952

Carlier Makigawa is one of Australia’s most respected metalsmiths, working with silver and gold to create meticulously crafted frameworks, which hold a dynamic and expressive energy. She graduated in 1980 from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, later going on to complete her Masters in Fine Art at RMIT University in 1987. Carlier was an instrumental figure in metalsmithing education in Victoria in the 1980s and 90s, and has exhibited internationally since 1982.


Carlier’s work can be found in public collections worldwide, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, New York and the Kyoto Museum of Modern Art, Japan.


“Lines define volumes and transparencies that explore movements and space. The geometry of nature and architecture form this world. Fragile structures project and expand in unplanned growth. I find myself searching for the essence of a life and, through making, trying to visualize something else not there but still present. As beauty itself is this realization of simultaneous emptiness and form, it is as much about what is not there as what is.” Carlier Makigawa

Linked pendant, 2020, titanium, silver

More work by Carlier Makigawa

Linked pendant by Carlier Makigawa Linked pendant , 2020, titanium, silver ,
785 necklace by Carlier Makigawa 785 necklace , 2019, niobium, silver ,
891 necklace by Carlier Makigawa 891 necklace , 2019, niobium, monel ,
348 and 288 bracelets by Carlier Makigawa 348 and 288 bracelets , 2019, monel, niobium ,
231 necklace by Carlier Makigawa 231 necklace , 2019, blackened silver ,
Linked ring by Carlier Makigawa Linked ring , 2020, 18k gold, titanium ,
Rings by Carlier Makigawa Rings , 2016, 18k gold ,
Bracelet by Carlier Makigawa Bracelet , 2013, silver, blackened silver ,
Brooch by Carlier Makigawa Brooch , 2012, blackened silver, coral ,
Brooch by Carlier Makigawa Brooch , 2012, silver, coral ,
Earrings by Carlier Makigawa Earrings , 2016, sterling silver ,
Earrings by Carlier Makigawa Earrings , 2016, blackened silver ,
Linked earrings by Carlier Makigawa Linked earrings , 2020, silver, titanium ,



12 March - 6 April, 2019

Linked is an entirely new body of work by renowned Australian jeweller Carlier Makigawa.


March 15 - April 9, 2016

Carlier’s fine wire structures contain varied and complex evocations…


October 6 - 31, 2015

Gallery Funaki celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition by some of our longest-standing artists.

Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

August 12 to September 13, 2014

The inaugural Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery, won by Kiko Gianocca, Sara Gackowska and Patrícia Correia Domingues.

Nature and Structure

May 13 to April 5, 2012

Nature and Structure is an exhibition by one of Australia’s most accomplished artists working at the height of her powers.