Sep 14, 2020
A Glass Blowers Companion
Ep.18-Madeline Rile Smith
This episode features the talented Madeline Rile Smithwho's current focus is creating glass musical instruments that push the boundries of human comfortability. Merging the scientific glass blowing with creative instrument making, Madeline's has created a body of work that creates a intimate experience between glass instruments and the musicians who play them.
Find Madeline on Instagram @madhotglass
Artist's Bio-Madeline Rile Smith is an American artist working in glass, specializing in flameworking and performance. She earned an MFA in glass at Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BFA in glass from Tyler School of Art. Madeline draws upon her musical background to create glass musical instruments which explore physical connection between players. She utilizes hot glass as a performative medium to consider notions of intimacy and compromise. Madeline started working with glass in 2007 as a high school student. At the time she was a dedicated musician, planning to become a professional violist. But her passion for glass took over and she decided to devote her life to glass art. Madeline’s sculptural glass work has been exhibited in venues throughout the US and featured in New Glass Review 41 and 35. She has instructed glassworking in schools and institutions throughout the east coast, including Salem Community College, UrbanGlass, The Crefeld School, and Rochester Institute of Technology.