Supporters would be able to sort through moulds online based on pattern, shape, or year.
"This project is to put together an electronic reference to allow someone who is interested in knowing what moulds there are to use and to be able to sort them and find them easily," Fenton said. "It would save a lot of time in terms of going through a startup marketing plan."
Collectors would appreciate the site because it confirms which moulds really are Fenton-made, he said.
Fenton said he sees glass pieces on websites like eBay that identify as Fenton, but aren't. This catalog could change that, he said.
The catalog could also show how rare a piece is because the project would include the production numbers.
"People who have collected things are very interested in the history of what they've collected. From an evaluation and knowledge standpoint, people have items that they would like to know more about the history ... we're trying to clear up some of that history," Fenton said. "In recent production, people are interested in how many were made and that's information in this file."
Fenton said he hasn't heard of a glassmaking company organizing such a comprehensive reference in a database that goes back to the original mould.
U.S. Glass continues to raise funds for the restart of Fenton production, including restarting furnaces, product development and hiring marketing personnel, according to its April newsletter.
The West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust provided $100,000 to The Fenton Group in March to help the company pay for operating capital, marketing and advertising support.
Owned by the Fenton family for generations, the company struggled with rising costs and declining sales. The company stopped production of art glass in 2011. The company's gift shop is still in operation.
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