Instructor Biography

Madeline Rile Smith is an artist specializing in glass with a focus on performance, video, and body-activated sculpture. Informed by her background in music, she creates objects and videos that explore connection and isolation. Madeline’s work has been exhibited in venues throughout the US and internationally, including the Museum of Arts and Design, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, the Toyama Glass Art Museum, and in New Glass Review 41 and 35. She earned an MFA in glass at Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BFA in glass from Tyler School of Art. A passionate educator, she has instructed glassworking in schools and institutions throughout the East Coast, including Rochester Institute of Technology, UrbanGlass and The Crefeld School. Madeline is currently an adjunct professor of glass art at Salem Community College and Tyler School of Art. 


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Flameworking Fever with Madeline Rile Smith
When: , Aug 1 - Aug 5
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuition $900.00
Instructor: Madeline Rile Smith

This class will teach an array of techniques that will benefit anyone, from beginners to experienced flameworkers looking to enhance their skills. We will start with solid sculpting and color application techniques, and branch into hollow working, sculpting, and assembly of larger pieces.

One portion of this class will explore the possibilities of color application in Borosilicate glass. We will cover an range of color techniques that can be applied to jewelry, marbles, and more. You will use stringers, frit, and your own designs to create detailed patterns and textures that will enhance your torchworking abilities while making beautiful glass objects. We will cover methods for both solid and hollow implosions that take your designs to the next level. Other color demonstrations will include feathering, “galaxy technique”, twisty cane, and cold-color applications. This class will address flame chemistry for striking and reducing colors, and how to encase cadmium colors to prevent boiling.

We will explore the technique of networking which can give you the ability to create larger sculptures in practically any form. Demonstrations will include bridging and assembly, and attention will be given to proper seals to create strong, long-lasting objects. Botanical forms will be covered in this class. We will go over methods to create life-like flowers with both solid and hollow glass. 

This class will cover the fundamentals of working with hollow tubing. Experienced students will create objects such as blown vessels, abstract sculpture, and musical instruments. Everyone will learn the value of even wall thickness and heat base, pulling points, and working with a blow hose. Bring your ideas and we will pursue them with a fiery passion!

0 of 10 seats available.