Maria loves to be surrounded by beautiful objects, she creates functional, stylish objects in order to share this passion with others.

Maria Yanire Sylva Delgado, founder of Chica Press, is an Ecuadorian Artist settled in London. She studied Printmaking in Madrid, worked as a University Lecturer in Ecuador and has recently been awarded an MA in Book Design from Essex University. With a passion for ceramics, she is a member of the Pottery Association and currently practicing at Leytonstone Learning Centre.

Specialising in ceramics, books and print making, Maria says ‘I love to be surrounded by beautiful objects, so I create functional, stylish objects in order to share this passion with others.’ A quote by William Morris is her inspiration: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”. Her dream? To have a studio shop where she will be able to display and work at the same time and eventually expand abroad.

Holding onto this dream, Maria approached us for the NEA scheme. Maria found that the process with her advisor was important to bring her down to earth, and be extremely objective and realistic about setting up a business and what it involves. Her advisor worked with her step by step through the hard work and practicalities that she needed to consider.

"My mentor has been crucial for me and has supported and advised me all the way, as well as encouraging me to take on markets and teaching me of the practical and administrative parts that are fundamental in being self-employed. My mentor had lots of experience that is just what I needed."

“I have a lot of ideas and things that I would like to achieve, but something that I had learned since I started Chica Press is that you have to take one step at the time and that not all your dreams and desires can be achieved immediately. Most of the time opportunities take you on a different path and you have to follow them, with the support of NEA and my advisor I have been able to do just that.”

Check out Maria’s wonderfully crafted ceramics on her website.