Child has pursued the study of ceramic and glass in New York, Lisbon, and London where she received a BA(Hons) Camberwell School of Art ,Masters from the Royal College of Art and Advanced studies Central St Martins College of Art.
Madeleine's extensive training and travel can be seen technically and conceptually in her work whether reflecting the distinctive colour and vibrancy of Mexican pottery or the playfulness in faux chocolate Easter bunnies. Her work evokes a sense of sentimentality that is, at times, countered with darker intonations as in Sweet As, a collection of intensely colourful popcorn. Buying her children coloured popcorn she became "fascinated by its fleshy gorgeousness, organic fecundity and forbidden fruitiness" creating hundreds of giant ceramic popcorn pieces sparking with colour to comment on food politics and additives.
Child is represented by White Space Gallery, Auckland NZ