Mari Carson is a costume and sound designer based in the Sacramento area. She received her BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley and her MFA in Dramatic Arts from UC Davis. Carson began making piñatas in 2014, when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. The treatment was a radical hysterectomy, so as a response, her friends threw a farewell party for her uterus. Carson made a piñata in the shape of a uterus and destroyed it as a symbolic gesture. Ever since, she has created and sold versions of her unique take on the piñata to Etsy customers all over the states.