Craft & Material Studies


Thomas Madden

Professor/Section Head of Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design

MFA, Bowling Green State University, BFA, Kansas State University

Research Interests:

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.

Professional Experience:

Mr. Madden is Professor and Section Head of Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design 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.