Friday, August 13, 2010
Fenton Art Glass Company is the largest manufacturer
of handmade colored glass in the United States.
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. They began by painting decorations on glass blanks made by other glass manufacturers.
Soon, being 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.
Frank L. 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.