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Michela Ciappini
Michela Ciappini
Toolmaker, set designer and sculptress
Might you walk in beauty

Michela Ciappini was born in Longiano, Italy in 1976.

After graduating from Bologna Art Academy with a qualification in Set Design, Michela began working as a multidisciplinary artist, for various theatre and TV production companies and also theme parks. Michela works with an extensive range of different materials including polystyrene, clay, plaster, ceramic clay, concrete and wood. She is also a proficient scenic painter and prop designer. Some of the notable companies utilising her combined skills have included Verdi Festival Parma, Societas Raffaello Sanzio Theatre Company, Magic Land Theme, Macerata Opera Festival, Arena di Verona, Leonardo Costruzioni srl, Scene Up.

For the last two decades, another major branch of her creative output has included designing and producing large scale sculptures from ephemeral materials such as sand, ice and snow. Invitations to sand and ice sculpting events have seen her travel extensively worldwide, producing solo sculptures or working as part of a team building installations for many impressive events around the globe, from the Igloo Hotel in Switzerland to 12m X 7m walls of carved sand in Sondervig, Denmark.

Recently she has begun to develop a performance artist act for special entertainment events, live-sculpting ice on stage with music and spotlights.
Her Ice Show were present at important event as 87th European Trotto Competiton in Cesena 2021.

With the vast experience gained from working internationally and in her homeland of Italy, Michela has achieved a high level of confidence in her flexible skills, approaching each new project with fresh inspiration and an assured enthusiasm.



Solo competition. Ice Sculpting Gelato d’Oro.

1st placeRimini, Italy 2019

Solo competition. Ice Sculpting Competition

1st placeJelgava, Lithuania 2017

Solo competition. Sand Sculpting Challenge

Sculptor’s choiceSan Diego, USA 2014

Cristal Classic, Sand Sculpting Doubles Competition

2nd place and Sculptor’s choiceSarasota, USA 2013

Solo competition. Sand Sculpting Challenge

Sculptor’s choiceSan Diego, USA 2013

Doubles competition Neptune Festival

1st placeVirginia Beach, USA 2012

Solo competition

3rd placeJesolo, Italy 2012

Solo competition US Sand Sculpting Challenge

3rd placeUSA 2012

Solo competition. ‘Summer Sign’

4th placeJelgava, Latvia 2011

Solo competition. PNE

5th placeVancouver, Canada 2010

Solo competition ‘Summer Sign’

2nd placeJelgava, Latvia 2010

Doubles competition

1st placeCervia, Italy 2009

Solo competition

1st placeLithuania 2009

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