Saturday, March 08, 2014
Friday, March 07, 2014
Paper Weights Made In USA
This is a photo of the 1968 Blenko Catalog - a page of paperweights.
We would also recommend visiting the American Glass Museum - WV Glass Museum in Weston, WVa. This museum has a large display of American Paperweights.
Locally ( WVa) both Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com and Ron Hinkle Glass www.ronhinkle.com make quality paperweights.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
43rd Glass Art Society Conference
If you have the time for this GAS conference - I recommend attending. We went to the conference several years ago when it was held in Pittsburgh.
Excellent conference with opportunity to purchase gas at an auction and many opportunities for networking with this small glass community. hjh
Strengthening Community, Collaboration, Forging New Bonds • March 19 - 22, 2014
Register by March 8th to get the lower pre-registration rate.
Pre-registration closes March 8th. On-site registration will open at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel March 19th.
We are looking forward to yet another spectacular event where attendees can watch, learn and connect with fellow members of the glass community. This year's schedule is chock-full of stimulating presentations featuring well-known artists and professionals from around the world, such as James Carpenter, Dan Dailey, Theaster Gates, Dante Marioni & Preston Singletary, Albert Paley, James Yood and many more (click here for a complete list of 2014 presenters).
GAS will also 2014 Conference logobe hosting these special conference events:
•Day of Glass
•Live & Silent Auction
•International Student Exhibition
•Closing Night Party
Register by March 8, 2014 for lower rates! For more information, visit www.glassart.org/2014_Conference_Chicago_IL.html
TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR MARCH 18-23, visit https://resweb.passkey.com/go/GAS2014.
CHECKING IN MARCH 15-18 OR STAYING PAST MARCH 23RD: Call the Palmer House reservations department directly at 1-877-865-5321 and reference the Glass Art Society Conference.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
A Blenko decanter question.
Can you help this reader?
Hi Dr .Homburg, I would just like to start by saying thank you for putting together such an amazing site about Blenko glass.
I was born in Columbus Ohio and also attended OSU and grew up with several larger size pieces of Blenko in the house. Dad was quite the patron of the arts and had a great eye for design.
Then while attending OSU for fine art in 1981 they made an announcement that several of the glass blowers from Blenko in Milton would be coming up to demonstrate their skill and that they would even be producing shapes that we drew. So I was there.......... and they made two of vases that I designed, which I still have.
Years later starting in 1994 after moving to Chicago and renting an apartment big enough to collect things I began buying Blenko decanters, no Ebay then just strictly flea markets, antique stores, junk shops and most of my pieces were purchased for almost nothing. Nobody cared about it....it was just junk to them........... cut to today and the pieces that I still want I can no longer afford since Ebay has taken the joy out of the fun of searching and collecting.
But I still keep my eyes peeled no matter where I go! Hoping for that one undiscovered treasure.
I just got back last night from a two week work trip down in Florida and on my one half day off I discovered this piece and thought you might enjoy seeing it. On another site I saw it in Yellow and it said 1959 #5912.
My question to you is if you know what other colors it came in or what this color is called, its somewhat more teal in real life? I am not able to enlarge the photos on your site to be able to see the writing.
Thanks for any information you may be able to provide.
Friday, February 28, 2014
A Blenko Collector : Selling 20 West Virginia Birthday Vases
We have 20 West Virginia Birthday Vases. I have the first ten
and then the last ten. We've been told people are paying 1500 to 1000 for the early ones,
and about 500 there after. Is this correct? A year ago some one wanted to purchase the entire collection perhaps he will want my vases. Will you provide an address so we can send our vases to you? If you need a vase I'll give to you for the original sale price.
Mrs. Clyde E. McCoy
While I can not give you a value for your vases, let me assure you,
the West Virginia Vases by Blenko are indeed valuable to others- those Collectors who may need one or two vases to complete their own collection.
I no longer collect the Birthday Vase, my collection was a gift to West Virginia University while I was in Dental School.
If you will send us the listing with the number of each signed piece
and perhaps a photo of each item, Vivek will post the list and photos. Many Blenko Collectors - list items with EBAY, others ask an auctioneer to assistance.
You mentioned the first ten years? I have a close friend/ collector looking for 89 and 91 - I'm certain he will want these two,
we get notes from folks daily asking about this collection and other vintage Blenko.
Thank you for purchasing Blenko Glass - this is a wonderful collection of glass by various Blenko Glass designers. It was a way for Blenko to honor West Virginia. A 30 plus year tribute.
If you need a few of the WV Birthday Vases to complete your collection - send us an email - when we hear of available collections we'll contact you with the sellers info. hjh
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Don Shepherd designer piece
Just wanted to share this with you and your readers. I stumbled upon this Don
Shepherd designer piece mis-listed a couple of months ago. I couldn't hit the
Buy-It-Now button fast enough. I cut a deal with Shelley that she would hold it
until my birthday in January. For once I couldn't wait for that day to roll
around. I hadn't seen one of these except on the old Blenko Museum webpage that
showed this piece in an exhibit in honor of Shepherds work shortly after his
untimely death. Maybe one day I will be able to add the bowl that I saw once on
Ebay several years ago. For now though I will just to just enjoying this
addition to my Shepherd grouping.
Hope you enjoy,
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Three designers - One color-Rose
Three designers - One color-Rose
from Blog friend Bruce
Finally got a chance to shoot some more photos that I have been composing in my
head. All three of these are mis-lists on EBAY that I have been lucky enough to
find over the past twelve months.
What is even more interesting is that all three are from different designers but were in production long enough to overlap with the rare color of 'Rose'.
From the left you have a Myers designed Blenko
#645 optic pitcher, Anderson designed Blenko #533 vase, and Husted designed
Blenko #569P pitcher.