About Maggie Meister


Maggie Meister began beading after “coveting” a pair of earrings worn by her son’s teacher. When she learned that the teacher had made them after taking a class, Maggie signed up for a bead class at the Shepherdess and never looked back. She spent the next four years in the Seattle area, studying with the wonderful teachers at BEADS AND BEYOND in Bellevue, Washington and then began teaching and working at the shop.

A move to Naples, Italy in 1998 changed her life forever and in ways she never could have imagined. The rich lively culture of the Neapolitan people and the ancient mosaics, frescoes, and jewelry designs from Pompeii and the Vesuvius area are a major source of inspiration for her designs.

In addition, she has studied at the Mosaic Art School in Ravenna, Italy under Luciana Notturni and learned the ancient traditional methods of creating mosaics. This has added to her ability to create beadwork translated from the designs of frescoes and mosaics seen on the floors and walls of abbeys, monasteries and ruins. Sculptural reflections from the images she loves are translated into jewelry using seed beads with a variety of stitches.

She has participated in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Bellevue Museum of Art Craft Show, Walters Art Museum Jewelry Show,  the Museum of Art & Design LOOT Show, Palm Beach Fine Craft Show to name a few.

Maggie has taught and continues to teach workshops nationally and internationally in Turkey, Germany and Italy. Her work has been shown in London, Milan and Naples and has been featured in BEADWORK Magazine, BEAD & BUTTON Magazine, Masters Beadweaving, edited by Carol Wilcox Wells, Lark Books.  Her book, CLASSICAL ELEGANCE, for Lark Books is a part of their Master Beadweaving Series.  In 2012 her work was featured on the cover of ORNAMENT Magazine.


Maggie Meister Artist Statement

The love of ancient history, color and patterns has followed me throughout my life and my designs have come to fruition during the time my family and I lived in Italy. In looking back, beads have always been a part of my life – from playing with Mardi Gras beads or collecting semi-precious stones as a young girl to my love of ancient and ethnic jewelry as I became older. Today seed beads have become the medium I use to translate my sources of inspiration into personal designs for adornment.

When living in Naples, Italy, I was surrounded by ancient history. The fragments of Roman columns, mosaics and frescoes are my inspiration and I am grateful for those “ancient voices”.  Small beads are my “building blocks” used to translate these voices into designs and fill my days with joy and wonder and I cherish my “connection” with the past.