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Maddalena was born and raised in a small village in the Italian Alps twenty miles from the French border. She has always taken pleasure in working with her hands. As a teenager she started a small business making wool sweaters. Later, having moved to San Francisco in her twenties, she experimented with different media and studied photography, woodworking, and ﬁne metal smithing. But it was not until moving to Vermont that she fell in love with glass. The color, the translucency and the brilliance of glass appealed to her in a way no other medium had. She started experimenting with the technique of glass fusing which dates back 5000 years to ancient Egypt. She is for the most part self-taught but has taken a few workshops at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass where she studied the techniques of ﬂame-working, casting, pate-de-verre as well as advanced fusing.
Each piece starts from sheet glass as a raw material. The piece is then decorated using glass elements in different forms like glass powders, glass threads, glass pieces cut individually with a mosaic technique and glass particles of different sizes either purchased or made in the studio. Glass threads are usually shaped individually in a small ﬂame and some pieces contain slices of cane previously made at the torch. All the design elements are laid on the piece of sheet glass and ﬁred in a glass kiln at temperatures in the 1450 to 1500 degrees F range. A typical fuse cycle takes a minimum of 12 hours due to the slow heating, annealing and slow cooling required so that the glass will not fracture.
The “Inner Gardens” line was born during a particularly gloomy Vermont winter. She needed to create something that would add some color to the black, white and grey world outside. She started using glass shapes to form recognizable or imaginary ﬂowers. She loved the promise of spring, both literal and symbolic, that these colorful ﬂowers were bringing into the studio. They are small indoor gardens with the sun and light playing through.
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