“Kickstart” Glassmaking at Fenton!
Dear Friend of Fenton glass,
As stated above: You can help “Kickstart” Glassmaking at Fenton! USGlass needs to catalog and
“curate” Fenton moulds as a first step in resuming glass
production in Williamstown. “Curate” means deciding which
moulds to use for success in today’s market. USGlass continues
to raise funds for the restart of Fenton production including
restarting furnaces, product development, and hiring marketing
To “kickstart” this process and to provide useful information
to the glass collector community, USGlass has initiated a
unique project on
Kickstarter.com for the compilation of an
online catalog of more than 10,000 Fenton moulds, including
those from other companies such as Beaumont, Dugan-Diamond,
Fostoria, Imperial, Indiana, McKee, L. G. Wright and Verlys.
The Fenton Gift Shop bought these moulds at auction in May
2012, and USGlass has an agreement to license these moulds
once production begins.
Everyone interested in the project can make contributions
Kickstarter.com. Completing this comprehensive catalog
will require $50,000 (or more if product pictures are included
and the curating process involves professional market
Fenton Art Glass
5363 Songbird figurine
and its mould
This catalog of moulds will
include the mould number, pattern and shape,
production using the mould, original owner, and a picture of
the mould itself. Additional information will be added if
sufficient funds become available from the project.
Shown at right is the mould and an example for the 5363
Songbird figurine. Information such as this may be included in
the mould catalog project.
All those who contribute $10 or more
to this project through
Kickstarter.com will have access to the
complete online catalog. Those contributing $100 or more
will receive a gift, an invitation to a Director’s Council
meeting on July 26, 2013, and the opportunity to purchase
Glass 5053 Snow Angel figurine and its mould
An enthusiastic level of support by the collectors is
essential and will be a strong sign that there is interest in
the restart of Fenton production.
Kickstarter projects and contributions are not approved until
the minimum dollar amount is pledged, so USGlass needs the
equivalent of 5000 people at $10 each to get this important
project off the ground.
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