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Fenton Art Glass Introduces Visiting Glass Artisan Nathan Sheafor

(Williamstown, WV, May 6, 2008). Recent visitors to Fenton Art Glass had a special treat as they witnessed the first collaboration between Fenton USA and visiting glass artisan Nathan Sheafor. Sheafor is part-owner of The Glass Forge Gallery and Studio in Grants Pass, Oregon, which manufactures and sells hand-blown glass, specializing in the Venetian style.

Sheafor’s items were made using recycled Fenton glass to extend Fenton’s commitment to “green” design. The first grouping will be available in the Fenton Studio Collection during 2008. Fenton USA has partnered with Sheafor to create three color treatments for this Studio Collection. “Nathan’s love of shape and form caught our eyes at a showing of gallery artists. He adds a new dimension to our Studio line of featured artists,” said Nancy Fenton, Director of Design at Fenton Art Glass. Limited, one-of-a-kind vases and bowls produced during Sheafor’s visit are now on sale in the Fenton Gift Shop in Williamstown.

According to Sheafor, “The use of color, movement, form, and composition are key elements in each piece created. ” While at the Fenton factory in Williamstown, Sheafor worked closely with glass artisan Frank Workman. “We learned from each other,” Sheafor said. “The creative process is one that is not easy for me to accomplish. My experience of the support and togetherness of the Fenton Art Glass family allowed me to be relaxed and at ease with my decisions. Continuing to promote and educate the public about this unique and cherished trait is like the glue that holds collectors and the public in awe of the 100 plus years Fenton has made art glass.”

Creating spectacular colored art glass for more than a century, Fenton Art Glass Company represents American handcrafted glass artistry. Located in Williamstown, West Virginia, Fenton is known for its wide range of colors, handpainting and handcrafting. For four generations, Fenton family members have remained active in the business and are proud to continue an American glassmaking tradition begun in 1905.
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Visitors to Fenton Art Glass will find a spacious Gift Shop and a pleasant museum. Free factory tours (M-F 8:15am to 4:00pm) take small groups of guests right out to the factory floor to see glassmaking "up close and personal." Friendly, knowledgeable tour guides explain all aspects of the operation. The Fenton tour has been ranked among the "Top 10" factory tours nationwide by USA Today. In addition we have been named Rand McNally Best of the Road for 2006. For a factory tour schedule, click here. For a map, click here.


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