Katherine Wheeler

Castlemaine, Victoria



2003 Diploma of Visual arts, RMIT, Melbourne Australia

2007 Bachelor of Visual arts, Gold and Silversmithing, RMIT University


2013 Hollow Adaption, Objectspace, New Zealand

2012 Introductory exhibition, Gallery Aloft, Roselle, Sydney

2010    Hidden Facets Hand Held Gallery, Melbourne, travelled to – Gaffa Gallery, Sydney.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2004 Selected works, RMIT Faculty Gallery, Melbourne

2006  Matter, Rmit Faculty Gallery, Melbourne

2007  Topos Nochos, Fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane   Melbourne

2007  ‘07 Best of the Best, innovation@257 , 257 Collins St, Melbourne

2007  Fresh! Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders lane Melbourne

2008  W.E. Mcmillan Collection: Selected Gold and Silversmithing 1961-2007  Project Space/Spare room, Cardigan st, Carlton Melbourne

2008    In the making, Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders lane Melbourne

2009    Melbourne Hollow Ware, Gallery Marzee, Nijmejen, The Netherlands

Melbourne Hollow Ware, RMIT School of art gallery, Melbourne

2009    Christmas Showcase, studio 20/17, Sydney

2009    Precious Pendants, Object Gallery, Sydney

2009    Feast, Depot gallery, Sydney

2010    Figment, eg.etal, Melbourne

2010    One cup, Hand Held gallery, Melbourne

2010    Contemporary Textiles Award, Buda, Castlemaine.

2010   National Contemporary Jewellery Award, Griffith Regional Art gallery, Griffith NSW

2011   National Contemporary Jewellery Award, Sturt Gallery, Mittagong, NSW

2010    Hidden Facets (Individual and Collaborative works with printmaker Abby Seymour) Hand Held Gallery, Melbourne, & Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

2010 -2011   Small Works, Brunswick St Gallery, Fitzroy Vic

2011   The Art of Engagement, Objectspace, Auckland, New Zealand

2011   Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Exhibition, Buda Castlemaine Victoria.

2011   Love Lace, The powerhouse Museum, Sydney NSW

2011   Toowoomba contemporary wearables award, Toowomba regional art gallery, Queensland.

2012    SOFA Chicago & SOFA New York, hollowware work represented by Charon Kransen arts, New York

2012   It’s Got Legs 2012, RMIT School of art gallery, Melbourne

2012/13   Cicily and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award 2012 (Vessels), Ian Potter Centre, NGV, Melbourne

2013 /14  Signature Style, Craft, Flinders Lane, Melbourne. (Upcoming tour regional galleries throughout 2013 & 2014.)

2013   Contemporary Silver and Metalwork award, Bendigo Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

2013 /14 White heat, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, (travelling exhibition) Curated by Zara Collins

2013  The Waterhouse Natural Science art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, South Australia.

2013 Beyond precious… beyond the ocean contemporary jewellery from Australia and New Zealand, Museum of Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France

2013/14 Precious thoughts, 2013/2104, Jewellery from Australia, San Rocco Oratorio, Padua Italy.




2007- Wolf Wennrich Award for craft excellence in Gold and Silversmithing.

2007- Lab 3000 Best of the best 07 design awards, 2nd Prize in fashion and textile design category.

2010- Artstart Grant recipient, Australia council.

2014- Highly commended, The Waterhouse Natural Science art Prize

Work Represented by:

Charon Kransen Arts, New York, USA.

Studio 20/17, Sydney, Australia.



W.E.Macmillan RMIT Gold and Silversmithing collection.

Gallerie Marzee Collection, the Netherlands

Private Collections in Australia and internationally






A skilled hand and cultivated mind- a guide to architecture and art of RMIT University, 2nd edition 2012 Edquist, Harriet and Grierson, Elizabeth RMIT University press. ISBN 0781921426988


Exhibition catalogues

Topos Nochos RMIT Gold and Silversmithing Graduate Exhibition 2007, 2007 RMIT University press ISBN 13:978-1-921166-79-2


Melbourne Hollow Ware,  RMIT University School of Art, 2009, ISBN 13:978-1-921426-30-8


Contemporary Silver and Metalwork Exhibition, 2011 catalogue. Buda Historic Home and Garden, 42 hunter st Castlemaine. ISBN 978-0-9757508-5-8


Love Lace, Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award, Edited by Lindie Ward, Powerhouse Publishing, July 2011 ISBN: 9781863171540


Containment -Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award , 2012 the council of trustees of the national gallery of victoria, 180 st Kilda Rd, Melbourne Victoria ISBN 1448-3157


Signature Style catalogue, curators Nella Themelios and Kim Brockett,  2013 ISBN 978-0-646-59548-1


Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Award 2013, Needham, Clare. Bendigo Art Gallery ISBN 9780949215727


The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2013, The Museum of South Australia


Pensieri preziosi 9, Gioielleria contemporanea Australiana, 2013, Comune di Padova isbn 978-88-97784-28-9


Au-dela du precieux…Beyond precious, 2013



The Art of Hollow ware, ‘True to Nature’s Form’, The Age – Life and style, Gina Morris July 2011


Fetish-like objects and nature inspired conceptual pieces have replaced diamonds as a girl’s best friend. Finding inspiration at the Collect fair in London and at online community Klimt02, tl.mag presents a selection of favorite contemporary jeweler designers.

Compiled by Jasmijn Verlinden, TL magazine, issue #11,July 2011


Metal, porcelain, thread and so much more. Viv Markham, The Tarrengower Times, June 15th 2011.


Katherine forges on, A Castlemaine artist is creating a fine impression, Johannah Legatt, The Weekly Times, May 29 2013


Silver Artist Shines, Dempsey Dianne, Bendigo Weekly, July 12, 2013




As Golden Ink Collaborative


2010    Wrapped, Studio 20/17, Sydney

2011    Penthouse mouse showcase, as part of the L’oreal Fashion festival,  The docklands, Melbourne

2011    The curio, Gaffa gallery, Sterling, Clarence st, Sydney

2011     Tapestry of parts, Edition x window gallery, Nth Fitzroy Melbourne

2011    The Design Files open house, Melbourne

2011     Places and Spaces, Cudgegong Gallery, Victoria

2012     Craft Victoria window exhibition, Melbourne



‘Top 10 Forces and Faces in Design 2010’ Nicky Lobo, Autumn 2011 issue DQ  Magazine.

Golden girls”, interview by Ellie Smith, Issue 5, Autumn 2011, Extra Curricular

We’re going potty over ceramics’ Lucy Feagins, Issue 79, The Age Melbourne Magazine May 2011,

“Golden ink” interview, Antler mag #5