Designed by renowned cameo artists Kelsey
Robert Bomkamp, the
Artistry vase is handcrafted in Fenton's
Ruby glass covered with pure Milk Glass, using demanding techniques applied
by Fenton's skilled glassworkers.
Working from candid photos of Fenton glassworkers, decorators and family
members, Kelsey and Robert designed these marvelously detailed depictions.
Just look . . . you'll see skilled glassworkers and talented decorators, exactly
as you encounter them when on the award-winning tour at historic Fenton Art
Glass in Williamstown, West Virginia. Look closely to see the remarkably
lifelike images of brothers Frank and Bill Fenton, the two men who led
Fenton Art Glass for nearly four decades.
The cameo carved Artistry Vase images include:
Frank M. Fenton and Bill Fenton, as well as several of our
skilled glassworkers and talented decorators.
The exquisite shading and details on the
vase are achieved through
advanced cameo carving techniques developed by Kelsey and Robert over many
years. Distinct stages of cameo carving create the remarkable perspective,
variety of depth, meticulous details and delicate shading. These stages are
demanding, and the cameo carver must posses artistic talent and keen eyes as
well as great dexterity and stamina.
Cameo Carved Artistry Vase
are close ups of several Fenton Art Glass artisans, past and
Louise Piper (Decorator),
(Cameo Carving), and
Alice Farley (Decorator).
Artistry vase depicts traditional glassmaking—gathering,
pressing, blowing, and finishing—as well as the art of the decorator and
the cameo carver. These are the people whose skills and talents have made
Fenton Art Glass famous worldwide . . . and they can be yours forever with the
purchase of the
Artistry vase. In addition to Frank and Bill Fenton, the
people depicted on this vase are longtime Fenton employees, including Dave Fetty and Frank Workman. Each time you look upon your
Artistry vase, you’ll
discover dramatic details and subtle shading. You’ll marvel at the
perspective and depth inherent in cameo carved art glass.
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Gatherer and Ron Dick, Presser
Glassblower Mike Sine Jr. and
Frank Workman and
Bit Gatherer Mark Warne
Cameo carving is a a painstaking process. After the glass has been
annealed, a special mask is taped to the surface of the glass. Using
an advanced “vignetting” technique, each piece is carefully
sandcarved, by hand, using aluminum oxide crystals under pressure to
take away some of the surface. Great individual skill and experience
are needed to control this operation, as many distinct stages of
successive cameo carving are required to create the remarkable depth
and the intricate details.
The cameo art creations of
Kelsey and Robert are indeed unique. Collectors
and museums worldwide appreciate how the details of the Artistry vase are
comparable to the very best items from 2000 years of cameo glass history.
Robert Bomkamp and
Sandcarving Department: Top row, clockwise: Russ Taylor, Chris
Cunningham, Cathy Mackey, Brenda Dotson,
Chris Carpenter, and Nikki Burchett.