Friday, July 18, 2014

Fenton Glass

 Retired hand painted Fenton pieces can be found at Wilmot Heritage Antiques & Gifts.  The Fenton Art Glass Company was founded in 1905 by brothers Frank and John Fenton in an old glass factory building in Martins Ferry, Ohio. They began by painting decorations on glass items made by other glass manufacturers. They eventually made their own glass in their new Fenton factory in Williamstown, West Virginia, on January 2, 1907.

Fenton is well known for its beautiful colors and patterns. Each piece of glass is crafted and hand painted by skilled glassworkers and decorators.

Mary Gregory white figures were painted on clear or colored glass for decoration as early as 1870. The figures chosen were usually children at play.  The traditional story told has been that the glass was made at the Sandwich Glass works in Boston by a woman named Mary Gregory. In 1957, the Westmoreland Glass Co. made the first Mary Gregory-type decorations on glassware in the United States. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Polish Pottery

Glad we have Polish Pottery in our shop.  It is really bringing in the customers!  Just take a look at how colorful it is. 

Polish Pottery, originating from Poland, is available at Wilmot Heritage Antiques & Gifts. This pottery is made from white clay that has been fired twice at high temperatures. This ensures that the pottery is durable and functional for everyday use. It is safe to use as it is lead and cadmium free. Polish Pottery is safe to use in the microwave, the oven, and can even go into the dishwasher.  These pieces of pottery are nice for baking and are a great way to serve food to guests with its elegant designs. Polish Pottery comes in many different sizes, whether it is needed for casseroles, desserts or the main course!

Savannah Polish Pottery

Peacock Designs

The pottery designs are made by using hand stamping and sponge stencils.  Pieces are created with different patterns. The designs are based on the eye of the peacock feather, the peacock being a sign of prosperity and wealth. The circles and dots in blues and greens are colors and shapes found in the peacock feathers.

Newer designs are becoming more complicated, using more shapes and colors with each design.  They are requiring more artistic skills.  Considering the skills needed to create the designs and the many functions of the stoneware, these pieces are valued collectibles to hand down through the generations.

Parties and Gatherings
Since they each have blues, greens and reds in the designs it is easy to mix-and-match patterns to create unique collections to use for dinner parties or family gatherings.