Sunday, March 7, 2010

Parting the sea of debris...

My elf and I started spring cleaning in the store this week. The path to the door is available...we did not take before pictures...way too scary! But I like this new card my creative card maker designed...
So...we kept calm...and carried on...cleared a path to the door so we could get out and people could get it!And we searched for bright colors (if you read this blog, you know I am a little over "snow white"!).

I realized as I unpacked some auction treasures, I had a nice stash of Fenton hobnail.

Fenton is the largest manufacturer of handmade colored glass in the US. Got that? Made in America! And it has been since 1905. According to their web site "the firm is now led by third- and fourth-generation Fenton family members, who work side by side with over 100 employees, including skilled glassworkers and decorators, to create beautiful, handmade art glass in Williamstown, West Virginia."

A little more history from their web site...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. They invested $284.86 (that translates to about $6800 today). They began by painting decorations on glass blanks made by other glass manufacturers.

Soon, unable to get the glass they needed, they decided to produce their own glass. The first glass from the new Fenton factory in Williamstown, West Virginia, was made on January 2, 1907. Today the CEO would probably rush to some underdeveloped country in search of cheap labor and goods!

Anyway, Frank Fenton's desire to develop new and unusual colors helped to keep Fenton in the forefront of the handmade art glass industry. During the years from 1905 to the 1920's, Fenton design was influenced by the artists at Tiffany and Steuben. In late 1907, Fenton introduced "Iridescent" glass. This glass, now known as "Carnival" glass, is a popular collectible today. Despite some economic issues, are still manufacturing today, and they are marketed through QVC and Cracker Barrel as well as traditional stores.

The hobnail design became what Bill Fenton calls their bread and butter design in the early 1950s. It still has charm today. The rich colors would provide a nice accent in any decor. Imagine the first burst of yellow daffodils in one of these vases...you would just have to smile...

4 comments:

THE SPICE CUPBOARD said...
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THE SPICE CUPBOARD said...

Your store looks fabulous...just like a pretty spring day! Hope the weekend was busy!! XO, Judy
ps (I deleted the above post for spelling errors...yegads!)

Susan said...

OMG, Judy! You don't have to spell check on your comments...what a hoot!
Thanks for stopping by!
Susan

gail said...

Hi Susan! I love seeing the photos of your shop. It does look ready for spring! I also love the hobnail fenton pieces. It looks like polka dots, and I love polka dots!
Have a pretty week, (()) gail