Encore Glass Club (Dorothy Taylor)
In the late 1970's, Dorothy Taylor formed the Encore Carnival Club for those collecting newer contemporary carnival glass. Encore means to perform again and Dorothy used that as her club's name. In addition, Dorothy wrote three books on contemporary carnival and published a bi-monthly newsletter, both called "Encore". By subscribing to the newsletter, you became a member of the "club". The first newsletter was issued August 1975 and the last was issued December 1993.

The club held annual conventions and Dorothy commissioned glass makers of the day to make souvenirs to be sold at these conventions. The souvenirs are marked "Encore" with the year and site of the convention which was typically held in Kansas City Missouri.

Encore Souvenirs:

1977 - Inverted Peacock miniature Water Set in green
1978 - Inverted Trout miniature Punch Set in amethyst
1979 - God and Home miniature Water Set in cobalt
1980 - Wine and Roses miniature Water Set in ice blue
1981 - Wine and Roses miniature Decanter Set in green
1982 - Kittens Basket by Fenton
1983 - Vintage miniature Epergne in blue
1984 - Miniature handled cruet and stopper in blue
1985 - Lusters in Amethyst
1986 - Miniature Pitcher and Washbowl in red by Gibson
1987 - Kittens Berry Set in blue
1990 - Kittens miniature handled basket in Rosalene carnival
1991 - Kittens miniature handled basket in Burmese carnival
1993 - Kittens bowl in various shapes in light blue

1977 Encore Club souvenir is the Inverted Peacock mini water set in a light green. It says "CARNIVAL GLASS ENCORE K.C. MO. 1977" on the base of the pitcher. The pitcher is 3 1/4" tall and 2" across the bottom. The tumblers are 2" tall and 1 1/4" across the top. The inside of the pitcher is marked with a V in a circle for Summit Glass. Other colors found as Summit owned the mold. 1978 Encore Club souvenir is the Trout mini punch set in amethyst. It says "CARNIVAL GLASS ENCORE K.C. MO. 1978" on the bottom of the punch bowl. The punch bowl is 3 1/2" tall, 4 1/4" across top and 3 1/4" across the base. The cups are 1 1/8" tall and 2" across the top. The inside of the bowl is marked with a V in a circle for Summit Glass. Other colors found as Summit owned the mold. 1979 Encore Club souvenir is the God and Home mini water set in cobalt blue. It says "CARNIVAL GLASS ENCORE K.C. MO. 1979" on the bottom of the pitcher. The pitcher is 4 1/4" tall and 2 1/4" across the base. The tumblers are 2 1/4" tall and 1 1/4" across the bottom. Produced by Mosser Glass using a mold made by Al Botson but owned by Encore.
1980 Encore Club souvenir is the Wine and Roses mini water set in ice blue. It says "CARNIVAL GLASS ENCORE K.C. MO. 1980" on the base of the pitcher. The pitcher is 4 1/8" tall and 2 3/8" across the bottom. This set uses mini goblets instead of tumblers. The goblets are 2 1/4" tall and 1 1/8" across the top. This set was made by L.E. Smith Glass using moulds owned by Encore. 1981 Encore Club souvenir is the Wine and Roses mini decanter set in green. It says "CARNIVAL GLASS ENCORE on the bottom of the decanter. The decanter is 7" tall. The goblets, the same as used for the 1980 water set, are 2 1/4" tall and 1 1/8" across the top. This set was made by Mosser Glass using moulds owned by Encore. Note that the goblets use the same mold as the 1980 souvenir. 1982 Encore Club souvenir is the Kittens basket in red. It says "ENCORE K.C. MO. 1982" on the bottom of the basket. Produced by Fenton Art Glass using Encore's mold. This Kittens mold was also used to make the aqua opal Kittens basket which was the first of the series of none baskets.
1983 Encore Club souvenir is the Vintage mini Epergne in cobalt blue. It says "CARNIVAL GLASS ENCORE K.C. MO. 1983" on the base. These 4-inch tall 2-piece epergnes were produced by Fenton. 1984 Encore Club souvenir is the blue mini cruet and stopper. It says "ENCORE K.C. MO. 1984" on the bottom of the cruet. The cruet is 4 3/4" tall including the stopper. This was made by Gibson Glass without a mould. 1985 Encore Club souvenir is a set of amethyst lusters. Each says "ENCORE CONVENTION 1985" on the bottom. Produced by Wetzel Glass. Originally, each 4" tall luster had six crystal prisms hanging around the top but these may have been lost over the years.
1986 Encore Club souvenir is the two piece mini Washbowl and Pitcher in red. It says "ENCORE 1986" on the base of both pieces. The washbowl is 4 3/8" across and the picther is 4" tall. These were produced by Gibson. 1987 Encore Club souvenir is the blue mini Kittens berry set. It says "ENCORE K.C. MO. 1987" on the bottom of the master berry bowl. The four individual berry bowls are unmarked. The master berry is 3 3/8" across and 1 7/8" tall. These were made by Summit Art Glass using an Encore mould. 1990 Encore Club souvenir is the Kitten basket in Rosealine. It says "ENCORE K.C. MO. 1990" on the bottom as well as "Taylor". It is also marked Fenton. Because it is marked "Taylor" and because there was no convention in 1990, it was not technically a convention souvenir.
1991 Encore Club souvenir is the Kitten basket in Burmese. It says "ENCORE K.C. MO. 1991" on the bottom as well as "Taylor". It is also marked Fenton. Because it is marked "Taylor" and because there was no convention in 1991, it was not technically a convention souvenir. 1993 Encore Club souvenir is a Kittens bowl made to look like an upside down umbrella. The bowl is 3 1/2" across and 3 1/2" tall including the umbrella handle. It says "ENCORE K.C. MO. 1993" on the bottom of the bowl. Also has the capital "F" in an oval noting that while it was made by Fenton, they were using a mould they did not own. There was an actual convention in 1993 but it was the last. There were no more Encore conventions or souvenirs from 1994 and forward.

See this article written in December 1987 Encore newsletter about their sounvenirs and molds that Encore owned.
In the early 1980s, Dorothy planned to have a mold maker make a series of nine miniature baskets to be pressed and iridized by Fenton. Shown above are a Farmyard basket in peach opal (1984), Stag and Holly in teal (1984), Lions in green opal (1985) and Dragon and Lotus in pink (1985). These four baskets were made for the Encore Club and are marked on the bottom "Encore KC MO" and the year. These were not official souvenirs of an Encore convention, just made in a specific year to be sold to attendees. Shown above are three other baskets. A green elks basket, Pony in vaseline opal and a blue panther basket. A Horsehead Medallion basket was planned but was never made. Thus only 8 of the planned 9 were made. These three above were not made for Encore but made specifically for Dorothy Taylor to sell and thus they have just the Fenton logo on the bottom and say "Taylor" on the exterior just above the collar base.
The nine orignial baskets include the four pictured to the left, the three pictured above, the aqua opal kittens and the unmade Horse Medallion.
Dorothy Taylor had these Table Sets made in blue and green in the God and Home pattern. Each set consists of six mini dinner plates and six mini cups and saucers. The dinnner plates are 5" across. The saucer is 2 7/8" across and the cup is 1 3/8" across. These were all made by Mosser in 1980. Each piece is marked with a Capital "T" in a capital "D" for Dorothy Taylor. She also had a miniature 3-piece Table Set made in blue and green in the same pattern. The base to the 2 piece butter dish is 3 7/8" across and the creamer and sugar are each 2 3/8" tall. These were all made by Mosser in 1980. Both pieces of the butter dish are marked with the DT mark but the creamer and sugar are unmarked. Due to the success of the Blue God and Home mini water set, Dorothy had Fenton make a set in Bermuda Red. Like the blue set, the pitcher is 3 1/4" tall and 2" across the bottom and the tumblers are 2" tall and 1 1/4" across the top. All pieces are marked with the Fenton oval on the bottom. Only the pitcher has the additonal DT mark.
The ad to the left appearred in the August 1983 ENCORE newsletter. It shows each of the nine planned baskets that were to be made by Dorothy Taylor for Encore.

Note that the #1 Kittens is noted as being in red. Red was the 1982 convention souvenir. While the red kittens baskets were being made, Fenton also had a batch of aqua opal glass available so they made those as well. The aqua opal baskets are the actual first basket in this series.