Mad Art Glass Studio
We are crazy about Mad Art! We carry their fish, paperweights, perfume
bottles, and vases.
About the Artists
Rina Fehrensen is a native Californian with family
roots in Germany. She has always had a strong interest in art and studied
Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. It was here at
UCSD she met her husband, Michael Maddy who collaborates with her on several
of her pieces. She also studied at University of Madrid in 1986.
Her interest in glassblowing stems from a visit she made to the glass
factories on the island of Murano, Italy in 1989 while on a trip around
the world. On her return to the United States she studied glassblowing
at Palomar College. Since that time she has continued her studies at the
Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, the Bildwerk School of Glass in
Germany and studied with the Italian master, Lino Tagliapietra at the
Haystack School of Crafts in Maine.
Fehrensen is best known for her use of color and often times whimsical
themes she incorporates in to her pieces. Given the quality and detail
in most of her glass pieces, her work has strong value within an affordable
range. She has participated in numerous exhibits and has won several awards
for her work including a Visual Arts grant in 1987 for the UCSD undergraduate
Arts Festival and 1st place in the Southern California Glass Art Exhibition.
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