Maria is subject tutor for Metalwork and Jewellery students on the MA Design Course, and contributes to lectures and seminars for postgraduate students across all design disciplines. Since joining Sheffield Hallam University in 2003 she also acted for a short time as Course Leader for the Undergraduate Metalwork and Jewellery course and continues to tutor final year dissertation work.
Maria's research is primarily practice-led, but is underpinned by historical and contemporary cultural theory. Through the production of artefacts she explores the relationship between jewellery and objects to body and place. Sensory experience through the interaction of these objects challenges the wearer or users emotive, physical and visual perceptions. Recent work has focused on the function and value of contemporary objects within both identified rites of passage and religious and domestic rituals.
She is involved with various regional and national organisations in projects that promote, advance and disseminate excellence within the field of silversmithing and jewellery. These include the Sheffield Assay office, The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust, Arts Council Yorkshire and the Goldsmiths' Company.
Department of Art and Design
Science, Technology and Arts