Maarit Mäkelä works as an artist in the junction of ceramics and fine art. She has discussed her working process broader in her doctoral dissertation “Memories on clay: representations of subjective creation process and gender (University of Art and Design Helsinki 2003). The study is a practice-led research, where visual representations of femininity were produced during the study and shown in the series of three exhibitions. She is co-editor of the Anthology “The Art of Research. Research Practices in Art and Design” (University of Art and Design Helsinki 2006) and "The Art or Research II. Process, Results and Contribution" (Aalto University 2012). Her recent articles includes e.g. "Crafting narratives. Using historical context as a reflective tool" (Craft research 2, 2011, with co-author Riikka Latva-Somppi). In 2010 she was nominated as Adjunct Professor of Practice-Led Research and Material-Based Art for Aalto University of Art and Design. Since 2012 she has worked as an Associate Professor in Aalto University's Design Department.