Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass
Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blenko Glass Company. Bowls. We've got Bowls. In an array of Colors and Styles.

From the Blenko Glass Company's latest catalog.  Shop on line at the www.blenkoglass.com website for the lowest on line prices for Blenko Glass.  When you buy from the Milton, WVa. Factory you knows it authentic Blenko Glass.  Made In W.Va.  Blenko Glass.

Friday, January 23, 2015

More valentine days items from blenko

Update from Blenko

We have a great selection of tangerine items in stock and ready to ship.
These items are sure to make that special someone very happy. Many of these pieces would look great with a bouquet of red roses.
Order now and take advantage of our 10% order discount. Promo Code: HEART. Click on the special Valentine's Day section at shop.blenko.com

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Reminder: 5 days left to order Blenko hearts.

Check out our Valentine Hearts.
Preorders being taken now. Order before January 26 to ensure delivery before Valentine's Day.
Click here: Shop.blenko.com

Monday, January 19, 2015

Marvin Lipofsky featured at San Francisco Airport Museum

Studio Glass: Studio Glass: The art of Marvin Lipofsky, Richard Marquis, John Lewis, and Elin Christopherson

An exhibition at San Francisco International Airport Museum
Departures - Level 2 - Post-Security
Through May 15, 2015

Studio Glass: The art of Marvin Lipofsky, Richard Marquis, John Lewis, and Elin Christopherson
Glass, although rooted in ancient Mesopotamia and historically used in a variety of decorative arts, is a relative newcomer to the world of fine art. Certainly there were ceramicists and production workers experimenting with glass in the early to mid-twentieth century, but the beginning of the studio glass movement is attributed to an event in 1962—when University of Wisconsin ceramics professor Harvey Littleton, glass researcher Dominick Labino, retired Libbey Glassworks blower Harvey Leafgreen, and seven student participants custom-built a brick furnace and, using #475 glass marbles from the Johns-Manville company, blew a glass bubble at a workshop in Toledo, Ohio.

Marvin Lipofsky, a star student in Harvey Littleton’s first glass course, took up his instructor’s call to explore the material in new ways. He brought studio glass west, developing pivotal glass programs at the University of California, Berkeley, and the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in the years immediately following the Toledo workshops. Lipofsky’s non-objective vessels helped transform the perception of glass as a material for craft or production into a medium for fine art. His ongoing exploration of its sculptural potential has been conducted in factories and hot shops around the world and at the artist’s Berkeley studio, where his mold blown organic forms are sandblasted, carved, and polished.

Richard (Dick) Marquis was one of Lipofsky’s first students at U. C. Berkeley, coming of age during the exhilarating and experimental years of the school’s decorative arts department in the 1960s. Marquis’ work is characteristically humorous, anti-intellectual, and obsessively made. An astonishing range of masterfully blown vessels, some of which are combined with found objects, reflect the artist’s deep knowledge of historical references and traditional Venetian glass techniques, such as murrine and zanfirico.

Shortly after John Lewis’ introduction to glass in Lipofsky’s course at U. C. Berkeley in 1968, the artist found himself impatient to pursue his vision for the material and established one of California’s first private hot glass studios in West Oakland. In 1980, Lewis designed an experimental furnace specifically for casting. Lewis’ ability to melt and pour glass into a variety of molds and his novel use of centrifugal casting has resulted in a range of sculptures and bowls that he combines with glass frit, copper foil, and gold leaf for a brilliant interplay of color and texture.

Elin Christopherson began incorporating steel and wood in her glass art while completing various assignments for instructor Marvin Lipofsky at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1984. Much of Christopherson’s work is composed of salvaged material, sometimes from landfill, and is concerned with the interdependence of humanity and the natural world. The artist frequently uses botanical references, such as blossoming tips and pod-like forms, to provide a glimpse of an object’s otherwise hidden interior.

Marvin Lipofsky, Dick Marquis, John Lewis, and Elin Christopherson have committed their careers to exploring the boundaries and testing the limits of glass. While no single presentation can encompass the extraordinary breadth of work produced during the five-decade history of studio glassmaking, this exhibition highlights four unique and evolving approaches to the art form. These artists continue to pursue their respective visions for glass and all its possibilities, and their work represents the perpetual growth of the studio glass movement.

Friday, January 16, 2015

2014-2015 catalog is now online,

2014-2015 blenko catalog is now available online.  http://www.blenkoproject.org/2014-2015
We hope you enjoy them.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sun Face Decanter 6218. An all time favorite.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Glass update - V


Its almost a year since I started glass making. In last year I took classes for 6 months and have been making my own designs since August. Here are photos of some of my favorite pieces.

Hope you like them. As am posting these, I realize I like pitchers and bowls more. They are more fun to make.


Selection of my favorite glass works

Paper weight

Bowl with spiral and yellow pitcher

Orange bottle

My interpretation of 'fire and ice' and my first experiment with optics

Experiments to make miniature pieces

Bowls, the one on right is made with black only.

Attempts at wine glass

Attempts at wine glass

Christmas ornaments and bowls