Dear Friend of Fenton glass,
Time is running out, but you
still have an opportunity to "kickstart" glassmaking at Fenton
by contributing to the mould catalog project. In response to
inquiries from folks like you, we've prepared this list of
questions that have come to us regarding this project and the
USGlass organization. Only a few days remain to get this
FAQ’s about USGlass and their Kickstarter project for a Fenton
USGlass? USGlass is a newly formed company. Their agreement with Fenton Art
Glass is to purchase the glassmaking furnaces and other
equipment, lease the Fenton Art Glass factory building in
Williamstown, and restart glassmaking.
What glass products will
USGlass make? At first, USGlass plans to focus on both
functional tableware and art glass for collectors,
developing new shapes as well as using traditional Fenton
moulds. The Kickstarter project will help USGlass decide
which moulds to use. The Fenton Gift Shop purchased the
moulds at the public auction in 2012, and USGlass has an
agreement with the Gift Shop to lease moulds for
Where will the glass be
sold? USGlass intends to sell through some major
retailers and is also evaluating selling traditional Fenton
products through established Fenton dealers.
Does funding the
Kickstarter project guarantee that USGlass will restart
Fenton? The restart depends on raising sufficient
financing to refurbish the glassmaking furnaces and
equipment, hire glassworkers, and fund marketing activities.
Fundraising is progressing on a parallel track (see details
under the bio on the Kickstarter website).
Those who invest in USGlass will influence their future
directions, but the above plan is their current strategy.
Why does the mould catalog
cost so much? We have estimated the time it will take
per mould to compile and enter data into the electronic
catalog. When multiplied times 10,000 moulds, that is a lot
of time! In addition to data entry, a program to access the
information will be needed. It will also take time and
analysis to decide what moulds will be most successful in
What is the involvement of
the Fenton family? George Fenton, President of Fenton
Art Glass and Randy Fenton, President of the Fenton Gift
Shop, are very supportive of the USGlass plans. They are
doing everything they can to help USGlass get started,
including the Kickstarter project.
What piece will be raffled
off at the Director’s Council meeting in July? Several
items were chosen from the Fenton Museum. See the
Kickstarter website to have input on the one chosen.
the “electronic catalog” be useful to collectors?
The Kickstarter project is to create an “electronic catalog”
of all Fenton moulds. The results will be very interesting
to Fenton collectors and researchers about American glass
because of the number of moulds we have from other historic
glass companies. This reference will be an additional
resource to help collectors determine the identity and
history of items in their collections.
We need your help to make this
project a reality and to "kickstart" the resumption of
glassmaking at Fenton. Don't delay, make a contribution today.
To make a pledge,
then click on “Back this Project”. Or go to
Kickstarter.com and search for Fenton Glass. The deadline
for pledges is May 20, 2013, so don’t delay. Pledge now!
Thank you for your
CEO, USGlass, Inc.
President, Fenton Art Glass
President and Treasurer, Fenton Gift Shop
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