Maria has been a blacksmith for 25 years and now lives in the woods outside of Cle Elum after years of living in Seattle. After getting a BFA in photography from the University of Washington she fell into forging hot metal. She has studied the traditional craft of blacksmithing by taking classes and apprenticing with two master smiths, along with running a studio space at the same time. Maria creates custom functional ironwork which marries function and art, as well as sculpture and public art. Public art works can be seen in Bellevue, WA and the Morrison/Soundview station for MTA Arts for Transit. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries including the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, TN, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the Bellevue Arts Museum. She was highlighted in an episode of Modern Masters on HGTV and Handcrafted America on the INSP channel. Her aim is to use the traditional techniques of the blacksmith for a modern expression of the craft.