2012 Dues are due. Premium Membership:  $40 Premium Associate:  $25  Regular Membership:  $20 Regular Associate:  $5
At right is a printable PDF.  Please print it out, fill in the details, and return it to the NFGS office.   




July - August '12

This page is designed to complement The Fenton FlyerThe Fenton Flyer is printed in black and white, with color highlights on several pages, but without full color photos.  We hope the members of the NFGS enjoy viewing the photos in color, and the visitors to the NFGS website enjoy them and are curious to learn more about the articles they represent.  To learn more about the NFGS or to join, please visit the Membership page by clicking on the title in the panel on the left or on the bottom of this page.



 Fenton Bead-Making Class Offered

The Fenton Gift Shop has made available the opportunity to make beads.  Being able to create beads gives one the unique experience of appreciating the talent and skill necessary to create these "tiny" pieces of Fenton, plus you will have a beautiful bead or two to add to your collection.  

The Bead-Making classes are being offered on Saturday, July 28th.  If you aren't planning to attend the auction at Dexter City, this is an interesting option for you.  Because Saturday is also Custom Bead-Making Day, the first class will run from 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.and the second class from 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.  The maximum is six people per class and the cost is $35 per person, per class.  

Jena Lane Blair has put the class listing online at Fenton's website at www.fentonartglass.com.  Tickets to participate in the class should be purchased through the Fenton website.  Payment must be received in advance.

Please don't delay in purchasing your ticket, since only 12 lucky people will be enjoying this opportunity!!

 2012 NFGS Convention Special Glass Raffle and Convention Souvenir

2012 NFGS Convention Special Glass Raffle

By Sharon Fenner

Shown here are the three awesome pieces chosen for this years raffle.  Tickets are available to NFGS members at one for $10 or three for $20.  An insert with tickets for both the Special Glass Raffle and Room Raffle is included with this issue of the Fenton Flyer.  

First Prize is this beautiful off-hand bowl created by Fenton Master Craftsman Frank Workman.  This may be one of Frank's final works of art made while employed at Fenton.  This bowl was purchased from Fenton prior to the 2011 convention.  mj12_Raffle_bowl.JPG mj12_Raffle_inside.JPG

Second Prize is an Emerald Green Satin Tulip vase lamp - one of only eight produced.  Third Prize is a one-of-a-kind Favrene egg, designed and hand-painted by Fenton designer Kim Barley.  

The drawing will be Monday, July 30th, during the NFGS Banquet.  Members need not be present to win.



2012 Convention Souvenir

By Sharon Fenner

A Buttercup Satin Happiness Bird has been selected for our 2012 convention souvenir.  Designed and hand-painted, by former Fenton designer Frances Burton, with a lovely floral.  The Buttercup Happiness Bird was the last item made exclusively for the NFGS.  We have only 65 available to NFGS members for $51.  They can be picked up during convention glass sales, or will be shipped to those unable to attend following the convention.            

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Fenton Assets Bought by Gift Shop - Production May Begin in Late Summer ...........By Anne Nelson

The Fenton Gift Shop was the high bidder for all the Intellectual Assets auctioned May 24, 2012.  It was revealed to the public shortly after the auction Fenton had been discussing the possibility of a relationship with U. S. Glass.  


Convention 2012 Featuring Robert Barber

By Millie Coty

Many, many thanks to all who have generously given to this Fund.

Several activities are centered on Mr. Barber's attendance. 

There will be several "Barber" pieces in the consignment auction on Sunday. 

A special piece of glass is being produced to commemorate this special event.

Make plans now to attend the 22nd Annual NFGS Convention, July 28, 29, and 30.  


Frank Would Have Loved This

By Thomas K. Smith

We have all seen the #1562 Canoe with all-over etches such as Ming, San Toy, and others.  The center panel has the Ming decoration, while the four corner panels have a flower and leaf cutting.  

Meet the 2012 NFGS Board of Directors Candidates 
Ballots are included with the July/August issue of The Fenton Flyer.  Please be sure your envelope is postmarked on or before July 19th.
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Doug McIntosh - Georgia
Craig Rowe -Ohio
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Les Rowe -Ohio
Kay Saionz -Ohio
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Ken Stohler - Virginia
Becki Ann Selby - Kentucky

A "Silent" Activity in Glass Sales

By Sharon Fenner

Pictured are items offered during Silent Auctions over the past conventions.  Pictures of these items are not included in The Fenton Flyer article.

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eBay Finds

By Ckris Cord



Right:  Rare Fenton Flame Slag Peacock Vase

Center left:  Rare Vintage Fenton Black Rose Crest 7-Inch Handled Basket 

Center right:  Antique Vintage Cranberry Opalescent Coin Dot Thumbprint Basket - Large 

Bottom left:  Vingage Ruffled Vaseline Opalescent 9-Inch tall Hobnail Vase

Below right:  Rare Fenton Mid-1920s Wisteria Stretch Art Glass Cigarette Holder with Cutting              

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Off eBay Finds 

By Ckris Cord


Right:  Robert Barber Blue Feather Vase

Row 2:  Cranberry Opalescent Hobnail Large Decanter Lamp & Ebony Prayer Rug Pattern Jack-in-the-Pulpit Vase

Row 3:  Blue Opalescent Hobnail Square Cup and Saucer & Rose Burmese Vases

Bottom:  Blue Opalescent 2-Inch Mini Basket 


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22nd Annual National Fenton Glass Society Convention 

July 28, 29 & 30  


Keeping Your Eyes Open

By John Walk


The #3832 lamp shade pictured is Colonial Blue Opalescent Hobnail, not Blue Opalescent Hobnail.  It was made in the early 1960s.



Just One of Many 2012 Convention Surprises

By Millie Coty

At the second NFGS Convention in 1992, the Special Convention Glass was the Apple Tree pitcher.  In 1993 the matching tumblers were offered.  These two tumblers will be offered during one of the 2012 convention auctions.  One is plain and the other is iridized.  Both have been signed, using a Dremel tool,  by Frank Fenton, Bill Fenton and George Fenton.  They are dated 8-2-93.  Please check our listing of auction items for many more fantastic Fenton items!!  There will be three auctions during the convention.  The consignment aucion will be on Sunday, July 29th.  Sunday evening whimsy pieces will be offered on the Sternwheeler dinner cruise and a second whimsy auction will be held following the Banquet on Monday evening.  See you there!!



Participate in the Fun....

By Sharon Fenner

There will be several display tables featuring glass from the "Barber Era".  It will be the perfect time to see many examples of this beautiful glassware.


An Opportunity for NFGS Fans of Off-hand Glass

By Claire Kauffung

This book features samples made by Robert Barber, Dave Fetty, and Delmer Stowasser in the 1970s.  This book is available to order.  To view a copy of the book contact Claire by email at ckauffung@fuse.net.  Deadline to purchase is July 10, 2012.



Fenton Gems - The Autumn Leaves on Black line from 1994

By Doug McIntosh

There were twelve pieces in this short-lived line designed by Martha Reynolds.



Convention Glass for 2012

By Sharon Fenner

IMAGINE a piece of glass designed by Robert Barber and David Fetty.  It will be revealed in glass sales on Saturday morning.  In addition to this awesome item, there will be a new addition to the "Patches" collection, NFGS mice, jewelry, and much more!!      


Just 'Cuz it Says Fenton....

By Anne Nelson

Listed on eBay as: 

Right:  "Antique Fenton - Blue Iridescent attached Candlestick Bowl - Pat Pending 1920s"

Below:  "Rare Vintage FENTON Jade Green Flared Glass Vase with Footed Pedestal Base"

Right:  "Vintage Fenton Art Glass Candlestick Candle Holder Moonstone Silver Trim                   JA12Just_Cuz_2.JPG JA12Just_Cuz_1.JPG

The Three Best Glass Workers in West Virginia - A Short History of Shorty Findley, Charley Gibson, and Dave Fetty ...........By Dave Fetty

All three men worked at Blenko Glass Co., in Milton, WV.  Dave discusses working in the glass industry in West Virginia. 


Changes Regarding Credit Card Usage for NFGS Purchases

By Sharon Fenner

Please read the article in the July/August issue of The Fenton Flyer for the latest information regarding credit card transactions.




The Fenton - Like the Real Estate Market?

By A. Fenton Fann


A. Fenton Fann compares auction results for the months of April and May.  Pictures are some of the most interesting items sold on eBay during this 8-week time period.  

Right:  From the week of May 25th is a Louise Piper Floral design student lamp, which sold for $499.99 from one bid.

Below:  From the week of April 6th, a 1926 Mosaic Inlay threaded vase bought for $878 from 18 bids.

Below right:  For the week ending May 4th, a 9-inch Marigold Carnival Thistle plate sold for $520.01 from 9 bids. 

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Fenton Caught on Television!

Tom Smith caught this Cranberry Opalescent lamp from the 1970s on an episode of The Walton's recently aired on a cable channel.