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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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Less than One Month Til the WEST VIRGINIA BITHDAY CELEBRATION AT BLENKO GLASS

Each year in the month of JUNE  Blenko Glass host a WV Birthday Party - they offer for sale
a limited edition vase created especially for the B-day.
This vase has been made yearly since 1980.
Almost a dozen full sets are documented. ( if you own or know someone who owns the complete set - please contact theblenkoproject@aol.com) .
Ten years ago Arlon Bayliss began creating the WV Birthday Vase.  My favorite vases are the early ones and the last Bayliss creations.
This will be the last Bayliss created WV Birthday Vase.

If you haven't collected the series - consider collecting the BAYLISS created WV Birthday Vases by Blenko Glass.     Check Ebay - Etsy - Craigs List or send your name and vases you desire to  TheBlenkoPRoject@aol.com  and we'll connect you with a seller. 
2012 Bayliss - WV Birthday Vase

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Blenko Glass Co. The Water Bottle

Blenko Glass has made water bottles since the beginning.  The waterbottle is the single longest running item in the Blenko line.
 It's fair to say 'everyone' loves the versatile, colorful, Blenko Glass water bottle.   Many folks collect just water bottles.  A blog is devoted to BLENKO WATER BOTTLES. 
The Blenko Glass water bottle can be etched with most any emblem or saying.  Note: the diamond and optic can't be etched.
  The Blenko Glass waterbottle is perfect hostess gift,  b-day gift, or gift for the girl or guy in your life for all occasions.
Check out the Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com  website,  The Blenko Glass Company and Blenko Glass Collectors on Facebook. 
Be an informed buyer. 
Unique Blenko Water bottles in ruby

diamond optic


orange

regular and mini

Friday, May 20, 2016

Joel Myers - Blenko Designer

HI Doc,

Joel Myers is still one of my favorite designers so I was pleased to finally pick up this spiral wrapped decanter a couple of years back. The decanter is a Blenko #6816-CT with a similar design Blenko # 6817-CT vase. Crystal is not for everyone but I have found it to be a nice addition to the collection. The spiral wrap gives each piece a very festive appearance.

Hope you enjoy as well,

V
Bruce S.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

GAS 45th Anual Conference.

JOIN US FOR THE 45TH ANNUAL
GLASS ART SOCIETY CONFERENCE

Corning, NY • Creating Context: Glass in a New Light • June 9-11, 2016

Pre-register at the early-bird rate today! Rates increase March 2, 2016.
$295 individual member - $165 student member
Conference attendees must be current members of the Glass Art Society.
 
If you enjoy glass -  want to learn more about glass - meet others who create or appreciate great glass consider joining the GAS.
In 2009  Marvin L.  invited me to attend a GAS conference - being held in Pittsburgh, Pa.
since this time I've been a great admirer of GAS.
We recommend you join and attend.
Corning NY will be a win win situation - great location and great group

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Does Blenko Engrave Glass and do Custom Casting?

Hilery,
Does Blenko do engraving?  Or custom casting?  
My only child is being married 2/17.   Its a large Persian wedding.
We did follow your blog for long time.  Her colors are purple and gold.
Blenko has many purple and gold items.
Will they engrave mini water bottles (100) for wedding favors?
and can we have custom casting for tables?
S. Makos

Mrs Makos,
   The blog comment doesn't allow me access to your email - so I'll respond here.
You should phone Blenko Glass and speak with Mr. Dean Six.
   I'm certain Blenko can provide you with as many mini water bottles in the appropriate color you choose.  Blenko doesn't etch but can send the items out to be etched - there is a cost for this.
   Re: custom casting.  I have no experience with custom casting.    I'm attaching a quote from the Blenko website. 
It's my belief if you speak with someone at Blenko Glass (www.blenkoglass.com)  they'll provide assistance with your desire to use Blenko Glass in your daughters wedding.
  Etching and custom casting take time - I would suggest you contact Blenko this week.  HJH
Custom Casting
Custom casting allows us to create mold dimensions based on our customer’s specifications
within our ability. Due to the
learning curve on any new project there are additional charges
for the custom casting. Call for price quotes. Most molds our fabricated here at the factory
for an additional fee. We have a selection of molds to choose from
in stock

Friday, May 13, 2016

BLENKO GLASS - Glass For Your Garden - A Special Blenko Weekend

This weekend  BLENKO GLASS will host a Garden Party tonight ( call to confirm your attendance.  On Saturday and Sunday the newly designed Glass Garden will e open to the public and Blenko will be selling glass created especially for this event. 

SchBB

Glass in the Garden Party
May 13, 14 & 15, 2016

Friday night will be a Garden Party from 7pm-9:30pm, it will offer food and music, sales and just a pleasant evening. Cost of the garden party will be $15 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the factory starting Wednesday, April 13. Call us at 304-743-9081.
Advance reservations MUST BE MADE and are non-refundable. Limited number of reservations are available. The visitors center will be open for sales as well as select vendors of garden elements offering wares in the garden. There will be a rain date Saturday, May 14.

Saturday and Sunday we will offer garden tours, talking about the plantings AND glass. These will be FREE and open to the public. With luck we will have special glass made for use in the garden for sale all weekend.

( Thanks to Suzanne B.  who copied and pasted from Blenko  Events Calendar this post)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

BLENKO GLASS GARDEN PARTY this friday night

BLENKO GLASS Garden Party Weekend.

SchBBGlass in the Garden Party
May 13, 14 & 15, 2016

Friday night will be a Garden Party from 7pm-9:30pm, it will offer food and music, sales and just a pleasant evening. Cost of the garden party will be $15 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the factory starting Wednesday, April 13. Call us at 304-743-9081.
Advance reservations MUST BE MADE and are non-refundable. Limited number of reservations are available. The visitors center will be open for sales as well as select vendors of garden elements offering wares in the garden. There will be a rain date Saturday, May 14.

Saturday and Sunday we will offer garden tours, talking about the plantings AND glass. These will be FREE and open to the public. With luck we will have special glass made for use in the garden for sale all weekend.

( Thanks to Suzanne B.  who copied and pasted from Blenko  Events Calendar this post)