Professor Madden’s work is an outgrowth of his fascination for the diverse traditions of vessel making across countless cultures that have developed a vessel tradition as expressive and utilitarian medium. Through references to structures of containment which occur in nature, Madden's work explores the dual role of the vase as both object of contemplation and tool. What captivates Madden’s attention within these forms is the inherent contradiction of a stable, durable structure to communicate a sense of transition, the dialog of interior expanding against containment. This give and take creates the visual tension, which animates both structure and the space it occupies.
Mr. Madden is Professor, Crafts Department Chairman, and Section Head for Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan (1992-2014).
In October 2007 Mr. Madden was awarded the distinction of “Master Metalsmith 2007” by the National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, Tennessee.
Mr. Madden’s work can be viewed in many collections public and private throughout the US and Internationally.
In 2014 Mr. Madden’s work has been featured in METAL SMITHING TODAY: THE VESSEL, Aldon B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, Michigan, Beijing International Exhibition of Jewelry and Metals, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University.