Fenton USA Celebrates Offhand Glassblowing. . .
Dave Fetty and Frank Workman Online Specials
Dave Fetty Drapery Pitcher
M25169T Robin's Egg
Hanging Hearts Vase
Fenton celebrates the art of offhand
glassblowing with this offering of unique glass creations by
artisans Dave Fetty
and Frank Workman. Offhand glassblowing
involves gathering a gob of fused glass on the end of a blowpipe.
The molten glass is then fashioned into its final form by various
techniques of blowing and shaping with hand tools and moulds.
These pieces, some of which are very limited in quantity, are
slightly irregular samples, and are being offered at special
prices while supplies last.
Dave Fetty began his glassmaking
age 19, when he worked at the Blenko Glass Company in Milton, West
Virginia. Dave's mentor at
Blenko was glassworker ''Shorty'' Finley, who taught him some of
the skills for making glass offhand.
Dave joined Fenton Art Glass
and he worked closely with artisan
Robert Barber in the mid-1970s,
designing and making some of Fenton's first
limited edition pieces. Later, as a
and trainer, Dave helped other Fenton
glassworkers develop special skills.
''officially'' retired in 1998,
continued to contribute his design
glassmaking talents to Fenton,
producing unique items that are tributes
to American art glass.
Ruby and Black Vase
Frank Workman Vase
Visitors at Fenton Art Glass would
watch in awe as glass artisan Frank Workman sat at his finisher's bench and
carefully applied a molten thread of glass to a vase. Within a few
minutes, Frank deftly fashioned the thread into an intricate
zigzag pattern whose bright color contrasts perfectly with the hue
of the vase. Frank mastered all the traditional skills of the
glassmaker since joining Fenton in 1996.
In recent years, he worked closely
with master glass artisan
Dave Fetty and had taken on some
of the most challenging
jobs in our factory. Frank most
enjoys working "off hand,"
producing vases and
objects with a basic mould and creating vivid decorative
motifs ranging from hanging hearts and thin threads
to amazing swirls, twists and
exaggerated geometric various
techniques of blowing and shaping with
hand tools or moulds.
Cobalt Satin Turtle Figurine
Handcrafted in Cobalt Satin, our whimsical 4'' long Turtle
figurine is sure to delight one and all! This figurine features
bright handpainted design by
Kim Barley. The mould was designed by scupltor
Jon Saffel and added to the Fenton line in 2002. Fewer than two
dozen were handpainted as an Internet Special, so once they're gone, they're gone!
Limited to one per
customer. Each handpainted figurine is signed and numbered by
the artist who completed it.
I5266KN1 Cobalt Satin Turtle Figurine, $39.50,
Now Shipping to Dealers!
The 2012 Summer Jewelry
Collection is now shipping to Fenton dealers throughout the
country. Contact your local Fenton dealer to see what's new! Shown
here are a few selections from our latest collection: a new
larger-sized Focal bead. This Glacier Focal bead was
designed by Jena Lane Blair. She learned this unique beadmaking
technique from visiting jewelry designer Terry Henry. The Focal
bead measures approximately 1'' in length. The icy blue pools in
Glacier are formed from inclusions of pure copper. Shown with
Glacier on the necklace are the new Natural Pearl Pearlized
Sea Treasures beads and Aquamarine beads. Accessories are
currently not available through the Fenton web site.
Click here to view the
entire jewelry collection.
Fenton Dealer Locator
Can't find it online? Contact your
local Fenton dealer! Authorized Fenton dealers still have large
selections of Fenton glass available with new pieces from our
remaining factory inventory recently shipped.
here to find a Fenton
dealer near you!
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creation, including rare, one-of-a-kinds, through our weekly ebay
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