visitors to help make ornaments
By Kate York,
December 13, 2004
WILLIAMSTOWN - Fenton Glass artists are known far and wide as
skilled workers but on Saturday even 3-year-olds were able to make
Fenton keepsakes with the aid of a holiday helper.
A special decorating workshop for children with Mrs. Claus was
held at the glass factory Saturday morning, allowing 20 area
children to decorate Fenton glass ornaments they could then take
The workshops, for those of all ages, will continue every Saturday
"This was the first time we had a workshop just with children,"
said Marcie "Mrs. Claus" Petty of Saturday's event. "They seemed
to have a great time and I even have a few letters to take back to
The participants were able to choose the design they wanted to
paint on their glass tree ornaments using stencils and then the
ornament was baked for 20 minutes.
"It was fun," said Ashley Pollard, 9, of Marietta. " I liked the
painting part. We're going to put it on our tree."
Pollard said there was one problem with her ornament, decorated
with a penguin wearing a Santa hat, which she was able to correct.
"I put snow under the penguin because he looked like he was
floating in midair at first," she said. "That would have been
Ashley's 3-year-old sister, Logan, was one of the youngest to take
part in the workshop, creating a glass ornament with a colorful
"They loved it," said their mother, Maggie Pollard. "Ashley said
she was going to keep the ornament to give to her kids someday."
Though Saturday's class was aimed at children, the workshops are
great for senior citizen groups, birthday parties or for
individuals, said Jena Blair, centennial group coordinator for
Fenton, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary beginning in
"Even today, we had a great variety of people," Blair said. "There
were very little ones to teen-agers and we had grandparents
helping their grandchildren with the ornaments and dads helping
their kids make an ornament for mom. Everyone was so thrilled with
The cost of the workshop is $25 per person or $20 for a group of
20 people or more.
"It's nice that they can have their own Fenton piece," said Petty.
"They even get to use the same paint the artists use."
Maggie Pollard said she plans to hang both of her daughters'
ornaments on the tree to remember the fun morning they spent
"It's really nice in the holiday season to keep them busy with
doing crafts rather than just eating cookies," she said. "And
these are beautiful and will last forever."