Colonial Cottage bringing new line of Fenton beads

ZANESVILLE – The beautifully handcrafted Fenton Glass Beads are now available at Colonial Cottage, the Zanesville business owned and operated by New Concord resident Brenda Higgins.

Fenton Art Glass Co., headquartered in Williamstown, W.Va., has been in business for more than 100 years creating colored art glass.

Higgins said she received her first order of beads earlier this month and was “very pleased with the initial response. Business has been great!”

There are currently 36 different bead designs, some with designs going back to the early 1900s. And, the beads are interchangeable with other name brands of bead jewelry.

It was recently announced that 36 new designs will be available in mid-August, and Higgins said those will be available in the coming weeks.

“I already have those on order,” she said.

In fact, the president of Fenton Art Glass Co., George Fenton, and his wife recently paid an unannounced visit to Colonial Cottage.

Higgins said she had no idea he was coming, but noted that she was excited to greet him and his wife.

“He said ‘I’d like to see why you’re selling so well here,'” she recalled. “Mrs. Fenton showed me some of the new designs. It was very exciting. I’m very elated to be getting them.”

The exquisite “made in America” glass beads have a solid sterling silver core embossed with the Fenton USA logo, made specifically to create bracelets and necklaces, which can be handed down from generation to generation. Each bead has a name designated by the designer. Some have an actual painting of a bird (the Ohio Cardinal) or a flower (violets), others have colors representing a subject (Lullaby) or a pet (Calico kitty).

“People usually choose a bead that reminds them of a person, place or thing,” said Higgins.

The beads, about a quarter inch in diameter, are handpainted using high-fired enamel paints for design flexibility and durability and are scratch-resistant. They are sold individually and sell from $29.50 to $45. Higgins has also ordered “spacer” beads, which will sell for about $5.

“I also have the teardrop earrings on order,” Higgins said.

In addition to beads and jewelry, Colonial Cottage offers a dazzling display of colorful Vera Bradley purses, totes, duffel bags, wallets and just about anything that contains or carries something. Higgins said the new Vera Bradley autumn designs have arrived. She anticipates some of the current designs will be discontinued.

The store also features Camille Beckman toiletries, candles, throw pillows, greeting cards, stuffed animals, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, scarves in a rainbow of colors, and a variety of Early American design quilts, lace curtains, tablecloths and doilies, in addition to Byers Choice handmade Christmas figurines crafted in Pennsylvania, and much more.

The Colonial Cottage, located next to Zanesville Pottery at 120 Arch Hill Road, has been owned and operated by Higgins in the same location for 12 years. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call ahead for information about select Sunday hours.

For more information, call Colonia Cottage at 1-877-871-1856.

(Times Leader News Editor Eric Ayres contributed to this article.)