Maria is one of our longest serving artisans, first bringing her authentic craftsmanship to Faire eight years ago. The workshop wouldn’t be what it is today without her passion and enthusiasm. As a result of her character and work ethic, Maria is now able to enjoy being part of a network of strong women in her community who support each other, as they each use their unique talents to support their families. With family at the heart of everything she does, Maria has been able to provide for her five children, one of whom has a significant developmental disability and requires around the clock care from Maria and her family, safe in the knowledge that she has a stable, long-term job. The stability offered by her job not only gives her family security, but joy.

When I see my daughter smiling and my sons enjoying their dinner, my heart fills with joy, and all my work is worth it.