Silver has been my material of choice for over 10 years now.

I have tried out other metals, but keep coming back to it. When working with silver, I am allowed to create on a larger scale without worrying about the material expenses of gold or platinum. Silver is a fine metal but can still be worn “casually” without being too precious. I like to create jewelry that is not valued simply for its material worth, but for its design and functionality.

When I am creating one of a kind jewelry or objects I feel like the luckiest person on earth for having this as my passion in my life and the way I make my living. The project doesn’t  always go smoothly, but I know that I will figure out a solution eventually and I enjoy the challenge each project brings my way.

Every year I try to create something totally new to add to my repertoire, based off something inspiring at that moment. Sometimes it’s nature, or art, or fictional stories, or images right out of my memory. These inspirations and one of a kind projects feed my every day processes of being an artist.

The secondary medium that I have been struggling with is hand blown glass. I had majored in it in college, and as much as I loved the material I could not figure out how for it to voice my creativity. I have not given up though, and have been working on developing my glassblowing technique for the last 5 years. My eventual goal is to combine the two materials together in the way that will create a great harmony in design. Clean lines of silver and the fluidity of glass – that is where I see my work in the near future.

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      Each sphere is carefully hand-crafted from twelve rose-gold triangles. They are soldered, assembled, and connected together to create a refined array of floral elegance. Accents are peach moonstone and freshwater pearls.

      Center sphere measures 5/8" x 5/8”
      Chain is 18" in length.

      Handmade in Somerville, MA

    • Chihiro Makio has always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. At first she thought she would become a painter when she started college as a studio-art major. There she discovered great fun and endless possibilities with three-dimensional materials. She learned how to work with wood, fiber, and metal. Transferring to a different school gave her the opportunity to meet another material: glass. Chihiro Makio completed a bachelor's fine art degree at the Massachusetts College of Art as a glass major with a minor in small metals/jewelry. Since then she has won several awards, including Saul Bell Design Awards from 2003 through 2007, and Niche Award in 2005.
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    • Three Bead Flora Necklace by Chihiro Makio - 314 Studio

      Each sphere is carefully hand-crafted from twelve sterling-silver triangles. They are soldered, assembled, and connected together to create a refined array of floral elegance. Accents are gray moonstone and freshwater pearls.

      Center sphere measures 5/8" x 5/8”
      Chain is 18" in length.

      Handmade in Somerville, MA

    • Chihiro Makio has always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. At first she thought she would become a painter when she started college as a studio-art major. There she discovered great fun and endless possibilities with three-dimensional materials. She learned how to work with wood, fiber, and metal. Transferring to a different school gave her the opportunity to meet another material: glass. Chihiro Makio completed a bachelor's fine art degree at the Massachusetts College of Art as a glass major with a minor in small metals/jewelry. Since then she has won several awards, including Saul Bell Design Awards from 2003 through 2007, and Niche Award in 2005.
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      Each sphere is carefully hand-crafted from twelve rose-gold triangles. They are soldered, assembled, and connected together to create a refined array of floral elegance. Accents are peach moonstone and freshwater pearls.

      Center sphere measures 1/2" x 1/2”
      Chain measures 16" in length.

      Handmade in Somerville, MA
    • Chihiro Makio has always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. At first she thought she would become a painter when she started college as a studio-art major. There she discovered great fun and endless possibilities with three-dimensional materials. She learned how to work with wood, fiber, and metal. Transferring to a different school gave her the opportunity to meet another material: glass. Chihiro Makio completed a bachelor's fine art degree at the Massachusetts College of Art as a glass major with a minor in small metals/jewelry. Since then she has won several awards, including Saul Bell Design Awards from 2003 through 2007, and Niche Award in 2005.
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    • Each sphere is carefully hand-crafted from twelve sterling silver triangles. They are soldered, assembled, and connected together to create a refined array of floral elegance. Accents are grey moonstone and freshwater pearls.

      Center sphere measures 1/2" x 1/2"
      15" - 17" in length (adjustable extension)

      Handmade in Somerville, MA
    • Chihiro Makio has always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. At first she thought she would become a painter when she started college as a studio-art major. There she discovered great fun and endless possibilities with three-dimensional materials. She learned how to work with wood, fiber, and metal. Transferring to a different school gave her the opportunity to meet another material: glass. Chihiro Makio completed a bachelor's fine art degree at the Massachusetts College of Art as a glass major with a minor in small metals/jewelry. Since then she has won several awards, including Saul Bell Design Awards from 2003 through 2007, and Niche Award in 2005.
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    • Sphere is carefully hand-crafted from twelve sterling silver triangles. They are soldered, assembled, and connected together to create a refined array of floral elegance.

      Sterling silver with freshwater pearls and accents of grey moonstone.

      Sphere measures 1/2" x 1/2"
      7" in length

      Handmade in Somerville, MA

    • Chihiro Makio has always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. At first she thought she would become a painter when she started college as a studio-art major. There she discovered great fun and endless possibilities with three-dimensional materials. She learned how to work with wood, fiber, and metal. Transferring to a different school gave her the opportunity to meet another material: glass. Chihiro Makio completed a bachelor's fine art degree at the Massachusetts College of Art as a glass major with a minor in small metals/jewelry. Since then she has won several awards, including Saul Bell Design Awards from 2003 through 2007, and Niche Award in 2005.
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    • Each sphere is carefully hand-crafted from twelve sterling silver triangles. They are soldered, assembled, and connected together to create a refined array of floral elegance. Accents are grey moonstone and freshwater pearls.

      Sphere measures 5/8" x 5/8"
      16" - 18" in length (adjustable extension)

      Handmade in Somerville, MA
    • Chihiro Makio has always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. At first she thought she would become a painter when she started college as a studio-art major. There she discovered great fun and endless possibilities with three-dimensional materials. She learned how to work with wood, fiber, and metal. Transferring to a different school gave her the opportunity to meet another material: glass. Chihiro Makio completed a bachelor's fine art degree at the Massachusetts College of Art as a glass major with a minor in small metals/jewelry. Since then she has won several awards, including Saul Bell Design Awards from 2003 through 2007, and Niche Award in 2005.
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    • Sterling silver post ear wires. Spheres are approximately 1/2" in diameter. Each sphere is carefully handcrafted from 12 sterling silver triangles. They are soldered, assembled, and connected together to create a refined array of floral elegance. Made by Chihiro Makio in Somerville, MA.
    • Chihiro Makio has always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. At first she thought she would become a painter when she started college as a studio-art major. There she discovered great fun and endless possibilities with three-dimensional materials. She learned how to work with wood, fiber, and metal. Transferring to a different school gave her the opportunity to meet another material: glass. Chihiro Makio completed a bachelor's fine art degree at the Massachusetts College of Art as a glass major with a minor in small metals/jewelry. Since then she has won several awards, including Saul Bell Design Awards from 2003 through 2007, and Niche Award in 2005.
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    • Flora Drop Earrings by Chihiro Makio - 314 Studio

      Each sphere is carefully handcrafted from 12 sterling silver triangles. They are soldered, assembled, and connected together to create a refined array of floral elegance.

      Measure 1 1/4" in length
      Spheres measure 1/2" in diameter

      Handmade in Somerville, MA

    • Chihiro Makio has always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. At first she thought she would become a painter when she started college as a studio-art major. There she discovered great fun and endless possibilities with three-dimensional materials. She learned how to work with wood, fiber, and metal. Transferring to a different school gave her the opportunity to meet another material: glass. Chihiro Makio completed a bachelor's fine art degree at the Massachusetts College of Art as a glass major with a minor in small metals/jewelry. Since then she has won several awards, including Saul Bell Design Awards from 2003 through 2007, and Niche Award in 2005.
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      Sterling silver post ear wires. Each sphere is carefully handcrafted from 12 sterling silver triangles. They are soldered, assembled, and connected together to create a refined array of floral elegance.

      Spheres are approximately 1/2" in diameter.  

      Made by Chihiro Makio in Somerville, MA.

    • Chihiro Makio has always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. At first she thought she would become a painter when she started college as a studio-art major. There she discovered great fun and endless possibilities with three-dimensional materials. She learned how to work with wood, fiber, and metal. Transferring to a different school gave her the opportunity to meet another material: glass. Chihiro Makio completed a bachelor's fine art degree at the Massachusetts College of Art as a glass major with a minor in small metals/jewelry. Since then she has won several awards, including Saul Bell Design Awards from 2003 through 2007, and Niche Award in 2005.
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    • Each sphere is carefully handcrafted from 12 sterling silver triangles. They are soldered, assembled, and connected together to create a refined array of floral elegance.

      Measure 1 1/4" in length
      Spheres measure 1/2" in diameter
      Oxidized sterling silver earwires

      Handmade in Somerville, MA
    • Chihiro Makio has always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. At first she thought she would become a painter when she started college as a studio-art major. There she discovered great fun and endless possibilities with three-dimensional materials. She learned how to work with wood, fiber, and metal. Transferring to a different school gave her the opportunity to meet another material: glass. Chihiro Makio completed a bachelor's fine art degree at the Massachusetts College of Art as a glass major with a minor in small metals/jewelry. Since then she has won several awards, including Saul Bell Design Awards from 2003 through 2007, and Niche Award in 2005.
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    • Aquamarine French Hook Earrings by Chihiro Makio - 314 Studio

      Rose-cut aquamarine with sterling silver french hooks. All precious stones are rose-cut for maximum sparkle, set into hand-fabricated fine silver bezels.

      Measures approx. 3/4" x 1/2".

    • Chihiro Makio has always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. At first she thought she would become a painter when she started college as a studio-art major. There she discovered great fun and endless possibilities with three-dimensional materials. She learned how to work with wood, fiber, and metal. Transferring to a different school gave her the opportunity to meet another material: glass. Chihiro Makio completed a bachelor's fine art degree at the Massachusetts College of Art as a glass major with a minor in small metals/jewelry. Since then she has won several awards, including Saul Bell Design Awards from 2003 through 2007, and Niche Award in 2005.
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    • Aquamarine pendant by Chihiro Makio - 314 Studio

      Aquamarine Pendant set into hand-fabricated fine silver bezels with labradorite accents along chain.

      Measures approx. 1/2" x 1” with a 17” chain.

    • Chihiro Makio has always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. At first she thought she would become a painter when she started college as a studio-art major. There she discovered great fun and endless possibilities with three-dimensional materials. She learned how to work with wood, fiber, and metal. Transferring to a different school gave her the opportunity to meet another material: glass. Chihiro Makio completed a bachelor's fine art degree at the Massachusetts College of Art as a glass major with a minor in small metals/jewelry. Since then she has won several awards, including Saul Bell Design Awards from 2003 through 2007, and Niche Award in 2005.
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    • Pink Sapphire Studs by Chihiro Makio - 314 Studio

      Rose-cut pink sapphire with sterling silver. All precious stones are rose-cut for maximum sparkle, set into hand-fabricated fine silver bezels.

      Measures approx. 3/8" x 1/2".

    • Chihiro Makio has always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. At first she thought she would become a painter when she started college as a studio-art major. There she discovered great fun and endless possibilities with three-dimensional materials. She learned how to work with wood, fiber, and metal. Transferring to a different school gave her the opportunity to meet another material: glass. Chihiro Makio completed a bachelor's fine art degree at the Massachusetts College of Art as a glass major with a minor in small metals/jewelry. Since then she has won several awards, including Saul Bell Design Awards from 2003 through 2007, and Niche Award in 2005.
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    • Blue Sapphire French Hook Earrings by Chihiro Makio - 314 Studio

      Rose-cut Blue Sapphire with oxidized sterling silver french hooks. All precious stones are rose-cut for maximum sparkle, set into hand-fabricated fine silver bezels.

      Measures approx. 3/8" x 1/2".

    • Chihiro Makio has always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. At first she thought she would become a painter when she started college as a studio-art major. There she discovered great fun and endless possibilities with three-dimensional materials. She learned how to work with wood, fiber, and metal. Transferring to a different school gave her the opportunity to meet another material: glass. Chihiro Makio completed a bachelor's fine art degree at the Massachusetts College of Art as a glass major with a minor in small metals/jewelry. Since then she has won several awards, including Saul Bell Design Awards from 2003 through 2007, and Niche Award in 2005.
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    • Tear Drop Blue Sapphire French Hook Earrings by Chihiro Makio - 314 Studio

      Rose-cut Blue Sapphire with oxidized sterling silver french hooks. All precious stones are rose-cut for maximum sparkle, set into hand-fabricated fine silver bezels.

      Measures approx. 1/2" x 3/4".

    • Chihiro Makio has always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. At first she thought she would become a painter when she started college as a studio-art major. There she discovered great fun and endless possibilities with three-dimensional materials. She learned how to work with wood, fiber, and metal. Transferring to a different school gave her the opportunity to meet another material: glass. Chihiro Makio completed a bachelor's fine art degree at the Massachusetts College of Art as a glass major with a minor in small metals/jewelry. Since then she has won several awards, including Saul Bell Design Awards from 2003 through 2007, and Niche Award in 2005.
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