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, July 30, 2014

Blenko Glass festival: Andy Blenko

Blenko Festival of Glass---August 1-2, 2014

Signing Events

Andy Blenko, Vice President will be on hand Friday and Saturday
to sign all Blenko Glass purchases. His schedule is as follows:

Friday 8:30am-10:30, 11:15am-12:45
Saturday 8:15am-10:15, 12:30pm-2:30

Monday, July 28, 2014

Arlon Bayliss Lecture

Blenko Festival of Glass---Arlon Bayliss Lecture
Lecture schedule: Friday, Aug 1 1:00pm-2:30
Saturday, Aug 2 1:00pm-2:30
No Charge---All ages welcome---Limited to 25 participants
Location: Blenko Design Building

Arlon Bayliss, Blenko Designer, will show images, videos and share interesting stories about his life working with glass and what it is like to design for Blenko.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Reminder, Blenko festival of glass is 1 week away. Aug 1-2, 2014

If you havent made reservations for blenko festival of glass. Do consider.
It is next weekend, and if you can come and show

Buy american, support local businesses.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Red Bowl and tumbler - V

Hello Hilary

Just got home, here are pictures of glass I made last week. This time I spun out and made a bowl. Bowls, plates etc are made by spinning out the same basic form. I will make a big post about how various glass forms are made, and used later. 

Hope you like these photos.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

colored glass experiments - V

Hello Hillary,

Here are more pictures of colored glass I made this week. I accidentally made a hat too. Was making a tumbler, but spun too much and ended with a hat. 

We start more color stuff now, so will keep sending pictures. 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Blenko Glass: Behind the scenes

Recently blenko glass was featured in UNC-TV. Below is the link for it.

Journey to the hills of Milton, W. Va. into the heat of Blenko Glassworks and see first-hand how Blenko handmade glass is created, from start to finish. Each step in the Blenko glass-making process is accomplished by human hand, eyes, and he arts, not by impersonal machines.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Bottle practice- V

Hello Hilary.

I finally am learning the final form in glass making. Each school teaches differently, but the one I am learning involves 3 basic shapes; tumbler, bowl and bottle. Once you learn these shapes, you can modify them by adding handles, spouts, foots etc. Below is the bottle I made this week. Bottle form is the toughest to make, because in it we gather the glass, make the basic form, and then heat-stretch-and add jack lines. After that, shape, add foot etc and box it. The whole process takes 10-15 minutes. Its fast and teaches how to handle/control hot glass, but is equally annoying. Because, a small mistake can ruin the whole piece.

Next week will add spout and handle to this. If that turns out well, will start experimenting with colors.