Madeline Rile Smith is an artist specializing in glass. She graduated from the Tyler School of Art with a BFA in Glass in 2014. Her work has been featured in New Glass Review Volume 35, Adroit Journal, Superstition Review, plain china, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Knight Foundation’s Art Blog. Her exhibits include Sculpture NOW! with the Washington Sculpture’s group, Craftforms 2012, 2013, and 2014 at the Wayne Art Center, the National Liberty Museum, Goggleworks Center for the Arts, and the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, among others. Madeline’s work can be also be seen at the Gravers Lane Gallery in Philadelphia. She maintains a private studio in Philadelphia and heads the flameworking department at The Crefeld Glass Studio. Madeline also teaches at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, and the Wayne Art Center. She works in glass product development with the historic Fenton Art Glass brand. Madeline accepts custom orders through email and and on Etsy.
“One of my main processes involves heating glass and manipulating it with gravity and a series of careful yet aggressive motions. I alter the surface texture of the glass with repeated steps of simple manipulations, until it is transformed. Flameworking is an intimate act of creation, your every move can affect the outcome of the work. Interacting with the flame on such a personal level allows for extreme control of a sometimes volatile medium.”