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.
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.