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Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

FENTON ART GLASS - Williamstown, W.Va.

Fenton Art Glass is back in business. http://www.fentonartglass.com/.

Buoyed by support from dealers and collectors, www.fentonartglass.com/clubs Fenton Art Glass Co is back in business.
The Williamstown-based company and BLENKO http://www.blenkoglass.co/ are among the last hand-blown glass makers. On Tuesday Fenton President George W. Fenton announced a surge of orders and the company restructuring its finances provide them with orders to .remain open until at least Spring 2008. This is great news for WV Glass Collectors.
If you haven't started collecting WV GLASS, this is a great time to start! While the Companies are in business and producing glass.
Fenton Art Glass offers tours, a gift shop, and many wonderful handpainted art glass items.
Fenton is famous for developing Carnival Glass ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival_glass - 21k ) a distinctive look that marries iridescence with a patterned surface. Some companies had been doing patterns and others had been doing iridescence but FENTON ART GLASS was the first to combine them all in the 1970s.
While I collect only BLENKO GLASS, I have a few pieces of Fenton and I covet more
the items I have that are designed and signed by DAVE FETTY. Mr. Fetty worked briefly at BLENKO and is the friend of my friend SHORTY FINLEY. Mr. Fetty like Shorty is blessed with talent that is beyond words. Check him out on the Fenton website, Fetty has retired but often returns for special projects. ( www.fentonartglass.com/history/davefetty.htm ) hjh

7 comments:

sweetdoc said...

I bought Fenton from TV before starting to read your blog.
The Blenko colors are more vivid
and Blenko has a feel of being handcrafted while Fenton looks to my untrained eyes more like pressed glass.
Went on line to search for Dave Fetty items, using your suggestion I will treat myself to D. Fetty
Fenton.
Again, enjoy the info.
How old are you again?

Dr.BOB said...

GOOD NEWS!

Hillary J Homburg said...

SweetDoc
Fetty designs for Fenton are
most unique.
Fetty also is credited with
doing the COAL BOWL TROPHY!

Ram said...

This is a very good news about Fenton..

support and love has Tremendous power to change anyhing

Ram

Hillary J Homburg said...

Ram,
Your Positive Thoughts and comments
are always a welcome additon.
Thank You.

dave said...

This is a great news. Fenton Art Glass has a special place in art. The tours and other offers sound very good. I have been collecting Carnival Glass and I treasure the collection.

Hillary J Homburg said...

Dave
Thanks for the comment, I don't own any Fenton - but when (if) I have money I'll become a Dave Fetty/Fenton Collector.
My friend Shorty Finley tells me he is an all time great artist/ glass designer/blower.