Maddie was raised in Iowa and moved to Athens, OH in 2014 where she received her B.F.A. in ceramics from Ohio University. She then spent a year as a post-baccalaureate at Louisiana State University. She has been a resident artist at The International Ceramics Studio, The Ceramics Center and most recently participated in the Advanced Student Project Network at Red Lodge Clay Center.
"The core of my work revolves around a keen interest in the history of ceramics and a fascination with intersection of food, ceramic vessels and culture. I seek to make direct forms that allow for layers of decoration. The surfaces of the vessels I make represent a visual intersection of urban and rural built environments. Lines that make up windows and doors, houses and stores, paved paths and rails, are paired with crop rows, distant fence lines and solitary barns. Drawn to the work of Sean Scully, Agnes Martin and Kazimir Malevich, I apply colored blocks of slip over my dark stoneware which then gets a blanket of white terra sigillata as a calm neutral background. The colored slips and underglazes are small pockets of hidden color and bold lines that frame the pot and establish a structure to a final linear composition."