This Is Home: Master Glassblower continues craft despite getting COVID-19

Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 6:40 PM EDT
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Pohick, W.Va. (WTAP) -Are you counting down the days until you retire? Well, for Master Glassblower Dave Fetty, he has no plans of ever quitting his craft.

“I started at Blenko Glass in Milton West Virginia, down in Cabell County when I was 19 years old. We had an hour for lunch and I worked my whole hour learning how to make glass,” Fetty said in his glassblowing barn at the historic Henderson Hall.

His barn is where he works now-making everything from fish to easter eggs out of glass.

He continues to recount his impressive career while sitting at his workbench. He said after he was let go from Blenko he bopped around a few other glass companies until he finally landed at Fenton Art Glass Company in Williamstown.

" So I pulled into Fenton’s -that was in 1964, January. I said, when I got out of the car and looked around, ‘this would be a nice place to retire from.’”

And that’s just what he did, but his retirement didn’t last long.

“So, when I retired I was off for a couple of months they called me up and said, ‘we realize we don’t have no one to make special glass for collectors, will you come back to do that?’ So I did but I worked as I wanted to.”

Fetty kept on making specialty collector pieces until he moved to Henderson hall after Fenton closed down and became a school. He still makes specialty pieces today… even after getting pretty sick from Covid-19.

“It affected me badly,” Fetty said. “I am lucky to be here, the Lord has blessed me real well. I was in the hospital for 15 days in November.”

Fetty said he was very weak when he was released from the hospital, but he says he had a lot of people praying for him.

“Through the glass, where people collect my glass, I have a lot of followers and I got a card from every state except Hawaii. And they were telling me they were praying for me so the Lord answered those prayers.

That’s right...Not even covid can stop Fetty. And when asked how much longer he thinks will work, he said,

“Until my health lasts, or until I die.”

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