Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Meet Marianne Kasparian (MAKUstudio)

Bead Art Originals welcomes Marianne Kasparian! Mak (she said we could call her that) is the artist behind MAKUstudio; and she specializes in funky, down to earth, eclectic ceramic raku beads, pendants and jewelry.

Mak, who currently resides in Arizona, is of Armenian heritage and grew up on the East coast. Inspired by the cultures of the world, she loves anything down to earth, funky, and eclectic. Mak's work with clay began in the early 1980s, but it wasn't intil 2001 that she first fell in love with raku pottery. Her main focus has been on raku beads and pendants for her own jewelry creations and for creations by other jewelry designers. Mak says she's inspired when people love what she does and when one of her pieces evokes a feeling of inner peace and beauty for them.

When asked to tell us ten things that would give us more insight into her as an artist, Mak gave is this list. It's as varied as her raku pieces!

1. Genuinely kind and caring
2. A loving mom and wife
3. Funky, down to earth, eclectic
4. Armenian
5. I love a good party, the theatre and concerts
6. An ex bartender
7. I love sushi and green tea and I’m a coffee fiend
8. Love meeting cool people and hearing their stories
9. Drove across country by myself
10. I’ve lived in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, California, Hawaii and Arizona

You can see more of Mak's work on her personal website, (where you can also sign up for her mailing list to receive word of special sales events. To get a look at more of her raku work, check out Mak's flickr photostream and her blog.

Last, but not least, here's a sampling of wares from the MAKUstudio Etsy shop:


MAKUstudio August 6, 2008 at 1:52 PM  

Thanks for the write up! I sound pretty cool! Just kidding! Nice to meet everyone on this awesome BAO team!

triz August 6, 2008 at 1:57 PM  

Mak's work is AMAZING!!!!! it's really nice to find out about the people behind the art!!! Great post! :-)

thebeadedlily August 6, 2008 at 2:10 PM  

I'm glad to know you're Armenian! I've had two very special Armenian's in my life and I love Armenian home cooking!
I love your work too!

Carol Dean August 6, 2008 at 7:08 PM  

I fell in love with Mak's work some time ago and am thrilled to now find myself on the same team with this wonderful raku artist! :D

Melody August 6, 2008 at 7:19 PM  

I love your work! It's really beautiful stuff. It was fun to read more about you, too. :-)

Dawn Chastain August 7, 2008 at 6:03 AM  

It was a pleasure to meet you. Your work is wonderful.It is earthy yet delicate at the same time.the color combinations are great. Welcome :)

Swanee August 7, 2008 at 2:00 PM  

Mak, your turquoise spiral pendant is like a whirlpool that I just want to dive into! Your work is wonderful!

Anna August 9, 2008 at 12:48 PM  

Such beautiful pieces! And it's so nice to learn more about all the members!

Smadar's Treasure August 9, 2008 at 6:33 PM  

It's nice to know more about you, Mak, your work is so beautiful!