Fenton USA Presents. . . Online Specials on Offhand Glass!
Blue/Black Hanging Hearts
070700JHM Dave Fetty
Ruby/Black Pulled Feather Vase
Fenton celebrates the art of offhand
glassblowing with another offering of unique
glass artisans Dave Fetty
and Frank Workman. Offhand glassblowing
involves gathering a gob of molten glass on the end of a blowpipe.
The 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 production samples and the sizes may vary
somewhat from the dimensions provided and are offered at special
prices while supplies last. Each piece is embossed with the
personal stamp of either Dave or Frank.
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.
Frank Workman 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 recent years, he worked closely
with master glass artisan
Dave Fetty. Frank
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.
Special: Burmese Vase
Fenton's classic Burmese glass provides the perfect canvas for
Stacy Williams' handpainted design of flowering branches on this
Burmese contains pure gold in the
formula, which creates the soft, pink blush. A smaller branch is
shown on the back of the vase. Just 18 of these vases were
handpainted as an Internet Special and are limited to one per
customer. Each vase is signed and numbered by Stacy Williams.
I5341BR1 Burmese Vase
New Handpainted Designs . . . Fenton Made in America
We are pleased to introduce 14
handpainted designs as part of our 2012 Summer Jewelry
Collection. Each handpainted bead is as unique as the person
wearing it! Shown above are our new selections: Tilly the
Turtle, Charlotte, Feisty, Fenton the Feline, Muttley,
Home Sweet Home, Don't Eat the Daisies, Chicory,
Wild Violets, Blessed Blossoms, Bubba Bear, Tiger Lilies,
Melancholy Loon, and Moonlit Owl. Featuring designs by
Truda ''TJ'' Mendenhall, each handpainted glass bead has the
initials of the talented Fenton artist who completed it and
includes a silver core embossed with ''Fenton USA.'' Jewelry accessories are
currently not available through the Fenton web site. Fenton beads
are compatible with and will fit most major brands of bracelets
Contact your local Fenton dealer to
see what's new or order online. Click on each bead for details or
click here to view the
entire Fenton Made in America jewelry collection.
Reminder: Several of you are close to receiving a FREE
bead as part of our Fenton Frequent Buyer Bead Program!
Purchase ten beads and receive a special limited edition bead
Click here for details.
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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