The Fenton Art Glass Halloween and Christmas offering was released earlier than normal this year. The early release date should allow Fenton to purchase the raw materials before prices rise. As many of you already know, the initial 2011 Spring offering was released in the early Fall of 2010. One of the featured products was Buttercup glass. Between the time of the offering and the actual production, a sharp rise in the cost of the raw earth material cerium forced Fenton had to increase the pricing of some Buttercup products. Another reason for the early release is ensure Dealers have items available at the same time other retailers start offering Christmas items.
Often overlooked in the excitement of the Christmas offering is the wonderful Halloween selection. With the introduction of Orange Slice glass this past fall; Fenton has the perfect Halloween glass colors of orange and black. Each year some of the best selling designs are the hand painted ghost and witch figurines. Joining these favorites are several cats figurines in Black and Orange Slice glass. This year's owl figurine has a marigold spray treatment on Black glass. Alley Cat collectors are sure to like the addition of Chester a hand painted Black glass Alley Cat designed by Stacy Williams. Even Dave Fetty got the Halloween spirit this year. He's hanging hearts footed vase makes great use of Orange Slice and Black glass. One of the most creative designs is the pumpkin trinket box in Orange Slice by Michelle Kibbe.
This year's Christmas offering has popular Fenton colors returning with new designs from Kim Barley, Michelle Kibbe, and Stacy Williams. Fenton Collectors may remember Kim Barley's Royal Lenten Rose design from 2002. The so-called Christmas rose is a traditional cottage garden favorite. It bears pure white flowers, which often age to pink, in the depths of winter. This year the Lenten Rose is Kim Barley's inspiration for a beautiful design on Burmese glass. The series includes a Polar Bear, Snowman, and Bell. Also in Burmese glass is a hand blown glass ornament with a design by Michelle Kibbe. She also uses a returning favorite Fenton glass color of Cobalt Blue in the Christmas offering. The dark blue of Cobalt is shapely contrasted with the whites of snow and birch trees in the Serene Winter on cobalt design. You'll also see more of Michelle's work in another design of Golden Glimmer on Ruby glass. The subtle touch of gold accents on the panel grapes moulds. The golden Glimmer design on panel grapes is also available in another traditional Christmas color glass of Emerald Green. In addition to vases, basket, bridesmaid doll, and candy box, Fenton is offering home accent pieces of candle stick holder, cake plate, cream & sugar set, and toothpick holder. Another featured series of the Christmas offering is Stacy Williams Berry Blue on French Opalescent glass. Her design has a small bluebird perched on snow covered braches. Fenton Christmas Tree collectors shouldn't miss the French opalescent tree in this design.
This year's Christmas tree collection use a combination of airbrush work and glitter techniques. The use of airbrushing has become increasing popular in Fenton Art Glass designs. It's use on the Cobalt Blue and Emerald Green trees create the effect of snow covered branches which are highlighted with the glitter application. Fenton glass Christmas trees are only one of the many pieces Fenton Collectors look for each year. They will not be disappointed with the Holiday Churms, Frosty Friends, Snow Angel, and Santa figurines. This year marks only the second time the always popular Frosty Friends series are made in Milk Glass. The Holiday Churms mouse figurines return again this year with six new designs. The limited edition Blue Burmese glass Snow Angel and Santa figurine are complimented by a hand blown glass ornament. You can view the Halloween and Christmas catalog by click on any of the images below.
A Crowns Collection returns this year to the Fenton Art Glass Christmas offering. The Windsor Crown was part of the Crown Collection produced by Fostoria Glass Company during the 1960s. The Hapsburg Crown was part of Tiara Home Products by Indiana Glass Company. Both these popular moulds get a life in the Fenton Crown Collection for 2011. These crowns came in both Ruby and Emerald Green Iridized glass.
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