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, April 30, 2017

Attention: Collectors of Fine Blenko, Fenton, Fiesta and RARE old Glass

Blenko Collectors and  Friends of Blenko.
Tammy Fowler is offering for sale the complete collection of Steve and Margie Bair's Blenko Glass.
Steve Bair was instrumental is founding and fostering The Blenko Glass Collectors Society.
Steve is thought to have one of the best collections in W.Va.
He focuses on Wayne Husted - most all his pieces are signed.  LIMITED TIME  Sat- Tues
( phone sales may be available with appropriate credit card).
We're suppose to get a disc of photos when this arrives we'll upload to the blog.
 This Sale is at TINY TIM"S GLASS SHOP   5206 Mac Corkle Ave Kanawha City Charleston, WVa.

DUE TO THE ENORMOUS COLLECTIONS OF GLASS  we are only allowing 10 people per hour to view and purchase.

100 Pieces of Signed and UNIQUE BLENKO
600  Fiesta
200  Fenton 
Sale Hours:   Sat 29  9-4
                       Sun 30   10-4
                       Mon  1st  11-4
                        Tues 2nd  11-4 
Trophy Antiques
Owned by Tammy Fowler

Antique store in Charleston, West Virginia
 424 Virginia St W, Charleston, WV 25302
 (304) 561-7731   Questions - Phone

Steve and Margie Blair - The Blenko project : Advocate for growth and ...

Steve and Margie Bair, Charleston, WV. Steve Bair is an artist; the colors, styles and choices of his collection are that of an artist.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Blenko Glass. Blenko Blog HEART OF GLASS

I'm a new collector.  A grad student with a small amount  of money to direct toward this new passion.  What do you recommend I purchase?
Terrance Paxton
I always suggest you buy only the glass - you love and want to live with.  My other suggestion is to study Blenko. An ideal start is the book listed below.  It's out of print, but can be found on Ebay.
Good Luck!


Blenko Glass, 1930-1953 Paperback – September, 1987

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. Vintage Blenko Stoppers

Everyone has one or two Blenko decanter with missing stoppers. This shop is offering Blenko stoppers. My artist friend Carrie would suggest using the stoppers w/o the decanter - they are great conversation starters.. . .
A menagerie of Blenko stoppers, circa 1970, from blog reader Vintageshopgirl

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Glass-a-palooza May 12-14 Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass 's Dean Six is hosting the First Blenko Glass-a-palooza.  You'll want to return to the www.blenkoglass.com frequently for updates.
This is an event you'll want to bring the gkids, and yourself for a long weekend in Milton.

GLASS-A-PALOOZAMay 12, 13, 14, 2017

A weekend of fun and festivities on the campus of Blenko Glass. Join us as we create, explore and celebrate glass. Food on site, glass blowing classes, outdoor live music and more. Our goal is to mix glass activities with a fun outdoor event. Contact us to learn details for this First Ever Blenko Event.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blenko Glass . Heart of Glass Blog. A Shorty Finley Creation

If you follow this blog - you know we appreciate the craftsmen - past -present - future.

Shorty Finley,  Jessie Carpenter, etc. from the 60-70s.

With some luck you may  find an item signed by Jessie Carpenter or Shorty Finley or another craftsman from the past.

I'm not suggesting you start a search for signed by the craftsman - vintage Blenko.

But you might want to investigate the new crop of Blenko craftsmen.
Visit the factory, observe the workers,  ask at the gift shop if there are items made by their craftsmen and signed?   I have a few items signed by Randy, Dave, Brenda  and a lamp made by Charlie Harsbarger.  It brings me pleasure to know who created the items in my home.

Factory work is team work - but often a worker  or a SHOP will stand out, and be assertive enough to produce a few unique items that often are for sale. 

This photo is of an item Shorty Finley made after visiting the south west with Don Sheppard ( Blenko Designer).  This item and many others ( by Jessie Carpenter and Shorty Finley) were on display at the Huntington Museum of Art.  Later the items were offered for sale.

The owner of this item, is not in good health,  will be turning 75 soon and it will be sold as a part of the estate.

Visit Blenko Glass often.  If you can't frequently make the trip to Milton, visit the www.blenkoglass.com website,  the Blenko Facebook.   Buying only what you love, and USE THE GLASS,  80% of Blenko is made to be utilitarian.  Use your Blenko.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blenko Glass. The Heart of Glass Blog. WVa Birthday Vase For Sale

Every year in June since 1980 The Blenko Glass Factory has offered a WVa Birthday Vase. www.blenkoproject.org/wv-birthday-pieces

This year the company will again offer a special WVa Birthday Vase.    The vase is made by Blenko Craftsman, usually designed by the DESIGNER employed at Blenko during the creation.

Most recently the Designer was Arlon Bayliss www.arlonbayliss.com - my favorite designer of the B-Day series.

This year Blenko is unveiling an awesome design created by a new ( To Blenko) designer.  The designer is a West Virginian educated in West Virginia.   We haven't seem drawings etc of the 2017 piece, however, we expect it to be exceptional.  We'll provide additional info as we receive. 

IF you don't collect this series.  Consider starting NOW !  You can begin by purchasing the 2017 vase at Blenko Glass in June.  www.blenkoglass.com for date and time.
You'll want to arrive early to ensure your ability to purchase this LIMITED Edition Signed by the artist and MR. Walter Blenko.
Note:New designer is Aaron Harvey. piece is meant to pay tribute to wv mountains Designer Harvey is a graduate of Concord University in Athens, WV. The Checkmate line was his first expansive line for Blenko. more on additions to Checkmate series later this yr
20 - WV Bday Vases Seeking New Home

We have knowledge of WVA Blenko Vases that are currently being offered for sale.
1980 - 1985.     1999   2000   20002  and all the Bayliss B-Day Vases.   If you need one or all of these to complete your collection - send an email and we'll connect you with the seller.

Happy Blenko Shopping! 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. 4/15/2007

May is going to be a big month at Blenko Glass in Milton, W.Va.
If you haven't made reservations to attend please start making your plans.
Both weekends should be very nice.
These are opportunities to meet other Blenko collectors and perhaps add to your collection of Blenko.
Check www.blenkoglass.com for additional info.

If you need a list of local motels, and Blenko dealers shoot us an email.
Blenko Project


A weekend of fun and festivities on the campus of Blenko Glass. Join us as we create, explore and celebrate glass. Food on site, glass blowing classes, outdoor live music and more. Our goal is to mix glass activities with a fun outdoor event. Contact us to learn details for this First Ever Blenko Event.

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Blenko Glass in the Garden Show, Sale & Party-May 26 & 27, 2017

Sales and exhibits in the Blenko Glass Garden at lake side. Special Garden Party Friday evening, an advance fee applies for this event only. Special Garden Party Hat decorating contest w/ Blenko special made prizes Friday evening. All Saturday events open to the public at No charge. Exhibits, sales, garden ideas. Special Blenko products made for display in the garden will be offered for sale.