History

Celebrating The Handler

No one does baskets like Fenton! The skilled basket handler has a scant 25 seconds within which he must accomplish his tasks: attach a glowing ribbon of molten glass to one side of the basket; deftly twist the rapidly cooling glass and stick it to the other side; impress the base of each side of the handle with his handler's mark; and, finally, fashion the handle into a graceful arch.

Frank M. Fenton Through The Years

A look back at Frank M. Fenton...

 

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Neo-Classic Grape Motif Burmese Vase

1917
With his dad, Frank L. Fenton in Williamstown, WV

Tribute to Frank M. Fenton

Thomas K. Fenton PicA great man passed away.
He left a wonderful legacy to the Fenton family,
the Fenton Art Glass Company,
the Fenton Museum and glass collectors everywhere.

Frank M. Fenton
December 1, 1915 - August 9, 2005
Historian Past President Past Chairman of the Board

Frank M. Fenton Obituary

Frank M. Fenton PicThe Marietta Times obituary notice
Published Thursday, August 11, 2005

WILLIAMSTOWN — Frank M Fenton, 89, of 310 West Fourth St., Williamstown, died at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 9, 2005) at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

Quick Facts About Fenton Art Glass

  • Fenton Art Glass Company is the largest manufacturer of handmade colored glass in the United States.
  • Today nine Fenton family members work together along with over 400 employees to create handmade glass
  • The Fenton Art Glass Company was founded in 1905 by Frank L. Fenton and his brother John W. Fenton in an old glass factory building in Martins Ferry, Ohio.
  • Frank L. Fenton was first employed as a glass decorator at age 17, when he went to work for the Northwood Glass Co. in his hometown, Indiana, PA, in 1897.

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