Art Glass, handcrafted in America for 100 years...
The A, B, C's of Cranberry. It's elementary!
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glass, an American tradition. To understand the artistry of
Cranberry glass, a Fenton signature color, one must begin at
the beginning, and learn your Cranberry A, B, C’s!
Cranberry pieces contain pure gold.
in Cranberry take up to 25 glassworkers to produce.
pieces are all mouthblown, not pressed.
Cranberry pieces, such as “Ivory Roses”, pass through
Decorating to be handpainted by a skilled Fenton decorator who
proudly signs each piece.
Cranberry piece goes through the lehr, an annealing oven,
where it slowly cools to room temperature.
glassworkers work as a team, or “shop”, in this case a blow
shop, to create each piece of Cranberry.
in the batch reacts with intense heat to create the beautiful
mark each basket with their personal tool when they attach the
graceful arch that becomes the handle to each basket.
Roses on Cranberry remains a popular decorated Cranberry
pattern in 2005.
making Cranberry is an art, requiring skill and knowledge to
craft the formula from scratch.
for Cranberry, Fenton has been producing it since the 1930’s.
of optics are used with Cranberry Opalescent such as Coin Dot,
Spiral, Zigzag and Diamond.
begins when a glassworker called a “caser” attaches a “bud” of
glass containing pure gold to a blowpipe. This is the start of
overblow can remain on a piece. After the overblow is removed,
the piece is reheated and taken to the finisher. He skillfully
employs a carbon paddle to flare the top and another special
device to crimp the edge.
glassworkers gather crystal over the bud, shape it by
“blocking” in soapy water, and gently expand the gob before
passing the blowpipe to a glassblower.
with crystal, the ruby roll is cased and blown into a mould to
create the main shape.
control is critical in all aspects of Cranberry production.
glass in a roll, known as a ruby roll, which contains pure
gold, is the first step in making Cranberry.
is the technique used to create Cranberry Opalescent, which is
a heat-sensitive glass.
glassblower stands on a platform with the mould below his feet
and blows the molten glass into the mould to create the
the watchful eye of the selector, each piece is reviewed for
quality as it as it leaves the lehr.
shapes in Cranberry are the result of using different moulds
such as Hobnail or Drapery.
the Cranberry piece is removed from the mould it has a thin
crystal “overblow” that must be removed.
-secret! We can’t reveal the Cranberry formula – it’s TOP
of training are required to become a skilled glassworker.
is an optic mould while Zipper is a crimp, both of which have
been in produced in Cranberry.
Simple props such as an apple, blackboard, books, papers and
items that might appear on a teacher’s desk create a school
atmosphere, which can be accented with the FREE 9972 Made in
USA sign. Combine these with selected Cranberry glass pieces
to create a display suitable for an entry table, shop window
or end cap.
selected the following Cranberry pieces:
1515 CC Cranberry Candy Box
7105 CC Cranberry Perfume
1588 CC 8 ˝” Cranberry Vase
5355 CC Cranberry Melon Vase
6667 CC Cranberry Pitcher
5459 CC Cranberry Ribbed Vase
5999 CR Cranberry Rib Optic Student Lamp
Cranberry, it’s elementary.
Now you know
your Cranberry A, B, C’s!