Projects

Cross-roads West

  The Cross-roads West collection of ornamental bricks and paviours is inspired by medievl encaustic tiles. The pieces are formed through a combination of digital tools and industrial manufacturing and are inlaid with glaze by hand.

Cross-roads East

A collection of ornamental bricks, tiles and paviours, Crossroads was inspired by my background coming from a country situated on the Silk Road, on the crossroads between East and West. Patterns and geometrical motifs were transported by craftspeople and architects who travelled across the Middle East, Far East and Europe. It was through this inter-cultural exchange that Islamic and Arabian motifs were combined with Christian themes. The geometry of the modules in the collection allows for their integration into various designs and a diverse range of patterns. Walls, pavements, landscaping features and street furniture elements can be created through the arrangement of contrasting colours and glazed and unglazed textured surfaces.

Ceramic City Bench

The bench, arranged in varies heights, offers flexible seating arrangement to rest, have lunch and work. It aims to attract different ages. The modular design of the bench allows it to be extended and arranged in various ways to fit different sites.

Ornamental Wall

This ornamental wall was designed and made in the context of the Arts and Crafts tradition, relating to the Edwardian period houses surrounding it. Abstract motifs taken from the houses were embossed into the solid bricks.

BDA Brick Awards Trophy

Maria Gasparian Studio was commissioned by the UK Brick Development Association (BDA) to create a trophy for the annual BDA Brick Awards. Made out of extruded brick clay, the monolith trophy is designed to express durability and longevity, qualities associated with the material. While the size of the trophy corresponds to brick dimensions, the geometry of the piece was based on the idea that brick, being modular, can create various arrangements and can be read both on a micro and macro scale.

Aylesbury Estate Brick Design Project

  Construction firm Hill and the Notting Hill Genesis housing association commissioned Maria Gasparian to create brick artwork with local children that can be permanently integrated into the walls of their new homes, which are currently under construction at the Aylesbury Estate in Walworth, Southwark. The project aspired to create a link with the young community members and provide a sense of ownership in the newly regenerated area. Maria ran a number of creative workshops which included presentations and discussions on the local history of the area, the history of brick making, architecture, and drawing sessions. During the workshops the young designers created artwork that reflected their experiences and diverse backgrounds. The artwork was transferred onto glazed bricks and fired, making a permanent feature that can withstand weather impact. The bricks will be installed at specially dedicated locations on the buildings’ lower levels in a ceremony in March 2022. The young designers’ artwork was also transferred onto ceramic mugs, creating personal memorabilia from the project.

Cabot Circus, Maria Gasparian

Cabot Circus

Cabot Circus was conceived as a major urban regeneration project that included the creation of a public space, open air shopping centre, affordable housing and a multi-storey car park.

Colour Ceramic City

Colour Ceramic City

The work explores the relationship between the materiality of objects, the space within materials and possible impacts on the space surrounding objects in architectural locations.

Furbelow

Folium

Sculptural Bench

Bench for Belmont school

The brief for the bench was developed involving pupils of the school who gave their “wish list” for the sculpture. Words such as “school, fun, sociable, welcoming” were noted. The requirements from the school were: long-lasting, maintenance free and robust.