My career in design has completed a circle, starting as an architect building with brick, then becoming a ceramic artist and discovering what can be done with clay, before returning to architecture and applying what I have learned. There are many reasons why I love brick and I outline five of them in this article that I wrote for EH Smith. Bridging the gap between craft and industry | EH Smith Architectural Clay Products | Jun 1, 2020

This article was written in connection with the ‘Hand Held to Super Scale’ exhibition at Building Centre, London. It discusses how ceramics can be integrated into the built environment through collaboration between architects, engineers, ceramic artists and manufacturers. Integrated ceramics: the way forward | Building Centre | Oct 1, 2019


As part of my Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) Fellowship, I travelled to the Netherlands, USA and Hungary to explore the manufacture and application of glazed architectural ceramics in public spaces. You can read the full report as a PDF or on the WCMT website— Glazed Architectural Ceramics in Public Spaces: Lessons from the Netherlands, USA and Hungary | Winston Churchill Memorial Trust | Feb 15, 2017

Through her Fellowship, Maria wished to address how cities can create socially inclusive public spaces that reduce alienation by placing people at the centre of design. She believes that architectural ceramics can make a vibrant and interesting contribution to public spaces, whilst carrying important cultural references and being a high-quality, sustainable building material. Winston Churchill Memorial Trust | Feb 15, 2017

These sculptural ceramics recall the complexity and ever-changing movement of urban life. Pieces are scalable and can adapt to local contexts offering endless opportunities for site-specific interventions. Elle Decor Italia | September 23, 2016

Maria Gasparian was invited to participate in ACA Workshop. The ACAWorkshop brought together architects, engineers and ceramic artists from across the country world. These industry experts worked in teams focusing on the development of architectural terra cotta for bioclimatic use in façades, walls, objects and surfaces. Boston Valley Terra Cotta | August, 2016

Gasparian works with ceramics, looking at its use in contemporary architecture and urban landscapes. She uses modern industrial production methods, such as extrusion, in her work and aims to explore how ceramics bring vibrancy and identity to a place. Creative Review | July 13, 2016

From 1,300 graduating students, the awards are presented to students whose work represents truly original creative thinking and execution, with an emphasis on craft, skill and exceptional accomplishment. Unilever Sustain-Ability Award: Maria Gasparian; MLG Nova Second Runner Up: Maria GasparianMullenLowe Nova Awards 2016 Winners | July 7, 2016

Soon to be MA Design: Ceramics graduate Maria Gasparian’s intricate project Colour Ceramic City sees ceramic bricks produced using an usual combination of industrial methods, such as extrusion, with traditional craft skills. Central Saint Martins | June 26, 2016