Mad Art Studios Cube Paperweight

Feb 26, 2024 | Museum Monday Treasures

Today’s Museum Monday treasure from the Museum of American Glass in WV is a very unusual paperweight from Mad Art Studios in San Diego. It is a cube-shaped scramble paperweight with multi-colored canes and swirls, cased in clear. It is signed on the bottom heel: “MAD ART 2003” and was made by Rina Fehrensen and Michael Maddy. Originally opened in 1997, Mad Art operated on the back patio of the couple’s home in Vista, California, before moving to its current 3,500 square foot home in San Diego. According to their website, “They started Mad Art specifically to create their playful and whimsical glass pieces” and this early paperweight is a wonderful exemplar of that spirit. It is 3” wide and 3” long and only just slightly taller at 3 1/8”.
Mad-Art-Cube-Paperweight

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