I was going to write a post about the Fenton Glass convention but when I signed into Blogger it said I had a comment left on July 25, 2011 waiting for moderation, so I went to "Moderate Comments" and saw this:
You sound like a hater.
The post Mr. or Ms. Anonymous was commenting on was one entitled "I Hate Mike, Frank and Danielle", the stars of "American Pickers", that I wrote way back in November 2010. Obviously Mr. or Ms. Anonymous was googling the show and my blog popped up.
Once again, cowards of the internet, if you're going to leave a mean comment, at least have the bee-a-double ells to identify yourself. I was thinking about just labeling it spam but decided to add it to the other comments. In looking back over the other comments, MidCenturyMadam did warn me about this.
Now, on to something much more pleasant--the amazing Fenton Glass convention. Here are some table displays--I suppose I could hate their creators because these people have more Fenton glass than should be legally allowed, but having been called on the carpet about hating people you don't know and all that . . .
Imagine wrapping all this up securely and transporting it to the convention. Most of these collections were amassed over many years and are probably just a part of what is owned. These are gorgeous!
Neat black and white display.
Each of the mice or groups of mice represent a month, and there are others for different holidays. The mice are extremely popular. I'm partial to the cats myself.
Fenton has several artisans who create incredible art glass. The pattern with the hearts is called "Hanging Hearts" and items are quite expensive. Not sure what the swirly pattern is, but I can't imagine the work and talent that goes into creating these vases!
Fabulous ginger jar collection.
Blood orange has never looked more elegant. Pairing this color with black (like the ginger jar's lid) makes quite a statement.
Some items in less common shapes and patterns.
An interesting collection of this and that. I LOVE the low bowl in front.
These Silver Crested beauties are actually a very pale yellow which didn't photograph well. Would love to have the epergne (the bowl with the vase in the center--this is a single horn epergne and there are others with three and four horns. Epergnes are used to create floral arrangements).
Other glass companies called this color jadeite or jade-ite. Fenton simply calls it jade. It's breathtaking in person, especially in this quantity, and the black touches are great!
Too cute Christmas display!
Last but certainly not least, a whole bunch of beautiful glass. The painted bowls in plateholders are something I particularly love. Obviously, this collector loves flowers, too. Note the one horn epergne in the center. The soft pastel color is called Burmese and is highly prized.
I realize that many people don't "get" us glass fanatics (which group includes my dear husband, who said, when I asked him if he wanted to come with me on the trip, "I'd rather stick a hot screwdriver through my eyeball than go to a glass convention." But I feel the same way about his motorcycle events, so we're even). But if you DO love art glass, this convention was truly heaven on earth. Sadly, Fenton Glass has announced it's closing its doors this years after 106 years of operation, but they assured us that they have enough inventory to enable collectors to keep collecting for some time.
It was wonderful.