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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