Chrysanthemum Implosion Glass Necklace

Glass artist Madeline Rile Smith's handmade chrysanthemum pendants have a mesmerizing, jewel-like beauty.
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Madeline Rile Smith


created by

Madeline Rile Smith

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Mums Under Glass

Beautiful chrysanthemums, long symbolic of optimism, joy, and long friendship, are the topic of hundreds of classic Chinese poems. With these pendants, glass artist Madeline Rile Smith honors their blossoms in her own medium. Madeline works with fire, heat control, color, gravity, tools, and serious know-how to create the stunning, 3D effect of petals enclosed in clear glass. Because of the volatility of temperature, flame, and chemistry, each pendant is a little different from the next, making every one a unique work of wearable art. Made from sturdy borosilicate glass, they are fully kiln-annealed for maximum durability. Handmade in Philadelphia.


Made in Pennsylvania

For glass artist Madeline Rile Smith, it all started with goo. "As a child," she recalls, "I would mix cornstarch and water to create what is known to some as 'oobleck': viscous and amorphous goo. I would sit for hours playing with the material and manipulating it with my hands. When I first worked with hot glass I recognized the similarity immediately.”

Madeline, who specializes in flameworking (blowing glass on a torch) finds her inspiration in the glass-making process. "Often, I allow myself some time to enter a stream-of-consciousness state, manipulating glass in experimental ways to see what happens and how I react to it.” Her large-scale, fine art sculptures have been recognized in juried gallery shows and featured in art magazines and journals. “In my work,” says Madeline, ”I explore my fascination with science and the natural world. I like to think of jewelry as a chance to explore sculptural forms and the implication of movement in a smaller scale.”

Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
sterling silver, borosilicate glass
Pendant: 1" L x 2.5" W, Chain: 18”
Sterling silver chain can be cleaned with an anti-tarnish.
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