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Discover the craftsmanship of Fenton Art Glass. Renowned for its unique colors, Fenton remains at the forefront of the handmade art glass industry with its hand-blown, hand painted collectibles. With meticulous detail in every figurine, basket, vase, and bowl, Fenton boasts a level of innovation based on a century of experience in providing art for the home. Add it to your décor today!
Fenton Art Glass Presents. . . The Artistry of Kim Barley
Kim Barley has flourished as an artist since joining Fenton's decorating department in 1969. Her designs have become more intricate and elaborate as she's gained experience. Kim says much of her inspiration comes from her love of water. Since begins a Decorating Designer in 1993, she has created many designs with aquatic themes.
She also believes her art is heavily influenced by fashions. "Growing up, I loved to sketch. I wanted to be a fashion designer and was always drawing clothes," she grins. Kim's work has been recognized with awards from the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators as well as the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers (NALED).
Fenton Art Glass Presents. . . The Artistry of Michelle Kibbe
Michelle Kibbe will celebrate her 16th year at Fenton Art Glass in July 2009. During her time at Fenton she has worked on a variety of items, from QVC to Fenton tent sale pieces and lamps. She especially enjoys painting floral designs on baskets. She says the Connoisseur and other Limited Edition items are the most challenging to paint because of the intricate pattern detail. You can see Michelle's name on some of our Limited Edition pieces. In March of 2007 Michelle became one of our Decorating Designers. You can see her wonderful designs on many pieces for 2009. Michelle enjoys gardening and being with her family.
Fenton Art Glass Presents. . . The Artistry of J. K. "Robin" Spindler
Robin Spindler, who is known as "J.K. Spindler" to those who collect Fenton glass, says she is the "serious one" among the Fenton decoration design group.
She came to Fenton in 1979 after her family encouraged her to pursue a love of art and painting. Robin's unique designs are always of the highest caliber, and she says much of her inspiration comes from nature. Robin often studies different shapes and colors in her garden. She is amazed at the different lines and textures there.
Her talent has been recognized with many awards, including a Discovery Award for Technical Excellence, the Judges' Award from the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators, Awards of Excellence from Collector Editions magazine, as well as special recognition from the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers (NALED).
Fenton Art Glass Presents. . . The Artistry of Stacy Williams
Stacy Williams began creating pen and ink and watercolor designs at age six. She went on to earn awards in art competitions sponsored by 4-H. During her four years at the College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, Stacy taught painting to teens and provided illustrations for children's books.
Her career at Fenton Art Glass began in 1993 and Stacy was promoted to Decorating Designer in 2000. She has created designs for Fenton Limited Edition and Mary Gregory pieces. Her love of animals, especially bulldogs, show in her Mary Gregory designs. Stacy lives with her husband David, son Josey, and bulldog Philo, on a farm in West Virginia.
Fenton Art Glass Presents. . . The Artistry of Kelsey Murphy and Robert Bomkamp
Artists Kelsey Murphy and Robert Bomkamp call their southern West Virginia studio “Made in Heaven,” and the name is an apt one, indeed. Collectors and museums alike have come to regard Kelsey and Robert’s works as “heavenly!”
Kelsey and Robert specialize in glass cameo carving, an exacting art that demands both skill in design and great dexterity in execution. In recent months, they have teamed with Fenton Art Glass to design and produce some remarkable limited edition pieces. Kelsey’s “Dragonflies on Ebony Favrene” was part of Fenton’s limited edition Horizons group in 2006, and her “Gauley River Sunrise” Vase (limited to 375) on Fenton’s Burmese glass was an instant hit with Fenton collectors when it debuted in late 2006. Likewise, Robert’s “West Virginia Woodland” lamp on Burmese sold out in record time.
Cameo carving is a a painstaking process. After the glass has been annealed, a special mask is taped to the surface of the glass. Using an advanced “vignetting” technique, each piece is carefully sandcarved, by hand, using aluminum oxide crystal under pressure to take away some of the surface. Great individual skill and experience are needed to control this operation, as many distinct stages of successive cameo carving are required to create the remarkable depth and the intricate details.
We at Fenton Art Glass look forward to working with Kelsey and Robert to develop additional examples of their distinctive art on Fenton glass.