5-16-13 Fenton Art Glass seeks donations to catalog moulds

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WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Fenton Art Glass is using Kickstarter to raise money to create an online catalog of the company’s glassmaking moulds.

The Kickstarter campaign seeks to raise $50,000 by 7 p.m. on May 20. The Fenton Historical Glass Mould Preservation Project had raised $10,227 as of Wednesday morning.

Fenton’s owner, US Glass, will use the online catalog to help determine which products to make when it restarts the Williamstown factory.

Fenton president George Fenton tells media outlets that the factory has more than 10,000 cast iron moulds. Many weigh up to 1,500 pounds.

He says the catalog is the first step in developing a marketing plan.

Donors who contribute at least $10,000 to the Kickstarter campaign will have access to the catalog.

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