live from Fenton Art Glass
August 3, 2005
By JOLENE CRAIG
Parkersburg News, Parkersburg, WV
WILLIAMSTOWN - The Fenton Centennial Celebration began its final
day with a QVC live broadcast from the factory Tuesday.
"This QVC broadcast brings the centennial celebration in to 100
million homes and is a perfect end to the festivities," said Scott
Fenton, Fenton Art Glass national sales manager.
The five-day celebration began July 29 with a tree-planting
ceremony and welcomed people from around the world.
"I know of at least 12 countries and all 50 states being
represented here, at the Fenton Art Glass Centennial Celebration,"
said Tony Demasi, a marketing consultant for the company.
Lynn Fenton Erb, assistant to president George Fenton, said the
company did not have attendance figures, but believed more than
1,000 people turned out.
"We have absolutely no way of counting how many people were here,"
she said. "I do know there were people from every state, one
person from India and one more from Australia. It was amazing how
positive the feedback we got was."
Friends Pam Ellington of Wilmington, Ohio, and Sharon Swab of West
Carrollton, Ohio, have been collecting Fenton pieces for more than
a decade. They said attending the QVC broadcast was a
"We watch QVC all of the time for the Fenton pieces and have
purchased more items than I can count from the shows," Ellington
said. "I love Fenton and I really like (QVC host) David Venable."
Fenton Erb said all items featured in the QVC sale sold out and
the broadcast was not the end of the day.
"We still had buses and individual cars pulling into the lot well
into the afternoon," she said.
Doug McIntosh, a member of the Fenton Glass Collector Club, came
to the event from his home in Atlanta.
"This is my seventh trip to the factory and it is fabulous,"
McIntosh said. "With QVC here more people around the country will
be able to appreciate Fenton Art Glass and what it means to so
Visitors participated in activities from glass making classes to
family signing all weekend.
"This weekend has been just amazing for the factory and for
sales," Fenton said. "We have had record-breaking,
history-shattering factory outlet sales."
A single mosaic candlestick was sold for $15,000 during the
Centennial Collector Auction at Marietta College, Demasi said.
"The candlestick at the auction was an incredible sale," Fenton
Erb said. "Somebody really wanted that candlestick."
Fenton Art Glass is the largest manufacturer of handmade colored
art glass in the United States and has 450 employees. Its products
are available for sale in more than 4,500 retail shops across the
Fenton has crafted a special collectible for the event. The
Centennial Celebration Exclusive is a Mandarin Red Sherbet glass.
Company founder Frank L. Fenton designed the mould during the
1930s. The piece is available only on the grounds at Fenton during
the Centennial Celebration.
"This celebration was great for Fenton Art Glass," Fenton Erb
said. "It seemed like every day was busier than the day before.
"People seemed to really enjoy themselves and the products and it
was great to see that many people support the centennial."