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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reminder - just a few days left to Pledge for NEW glass by Wayne Husted

New hand-blown art glass by Blenko’s most collected designer. Six new creations in dazzling colors

Back in the 1950s when I was fresh out of college, I was hired as Director of Design at the venerable Blenko Glass Company in Milton, West Virginia. During my ten years at Blenko, I created over 60 new designs every year, resulting in over 600 unique designs, many of which are included in museum collections and sought after by private collectors nationwide.

Art glass designed by Wayne Husted for Blenko Glass Company in the 1950s

Now, at the age of 87, I am still designing in glass, and seeking contributions to fund the production of a new group of art glass decanters and pitchers that recall my designs from the 1950s Modern era.

Working with Public Glass, a nonprofit public-access glass studio and school, I will produce the new designs using traditional techniques and the rich color palette for which Blenko is famous. Wooden molds will be hand-carved by wood sculptor Dean Nyberg and others from cherry logs that have been hand-selected from orchards in central California. Skilled glass artisans will gather and blow the molten glass into the molds, forming a layer of charcoal that smooths the surface. After each glass piece is formed, it’s placed in an annealing oven for about 12 hours. Then it is polished, ground, and finished.

Each piece will be numbered, dated, and signed by me with a diamond tool, and delivered with a certificate of authenticity. For this series, each design will be made in its own unique color (see illustrations below). They are designed to complement each other. Their universal appeal makes them perfect for any environment—traditional or contemporary. These designs will be made in limited editions of 50 of each.

Your contributions will be used to pay for the shop time and glass artists working to produce the pieces, and will benefit Public Glass and its educational programs, including the Light a Spark youth program. With your help, I will be able to create these new works, and continue to pursue my passion for designing in glass.

What We Need and What You’ll Get

My campaign goal is to raise $20,000, which will go towards making the molds and beginning production of the six pieces. By making a contribution, not only will you become part of this process, you will be benefiting a great nonprofit educational program at Public Glass. You can also earn an invitation to attend a glassblowing session with me and the glass artists at Public Glass.

Other perks that you can receive in return for your contributions include an autographed t-shirt featuring my “Jazz in Glass” iconic glassblower. Or you may contribute at a level for which you’ll receive your choice of any one of the “Jazz in Glass” designs, or the full collection. (Please see contribution levels on the right.) All of the glass art pieces will be reserved at the lowest number available, and hand-signed with a diamond tool by me. 

If I don’t reach my goal of $20,000, I will begin the production process, and get as far along as funds allow. You will receive updates by email of my progress, and feedback on the delivery date for your perk.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blenko lamps at blenko VC

Update from blenko.

Just stocked a few new lamps at the gift shop today.
Also, the $15.00 cobalt water bottles are disappearing fast. We are just stocking what is left of the overrun of seconds we had. The sale will end when they are gone.
If you have any questions about the lamps give us a call at 877-425-3656.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bowls- V

Hello Hillary,

Below are bowls I made last week. The green one is a solid color, and the one with stripes is optics and crackle combined. I used optics to make the lines, and cracle to make spotted patterns. I was trying to make leopard/snake patterns.

Hope you like them,


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stars and Hearts From Blenko Glass.

As a grade school student, my parents often took me to Blenko Glass to purchase gifts for
my teacher and principal.
Blenko has an array of small under $5 items ( this was early 90s). The price has increase a bit.
Blenko Glass Company still offer small affordable gifts -  the hearts and stars - paper weights or just objects of art are examples of the small ' stocking stuffers '  you can find currently at Blenko Glass.
Its not too early to start refilling your gift closet.
Think Blenko Glass.  Made in West Virginia.
Handcrafted glass. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

NEW Wayne Husted Line!

Attention Blenko Glass Collectors & Glass Lovers!
Legendary Blenko Glass Designer Wayne Husted is designing a NEW line of ‪#glass‬ called "Jazz in Glass".

 These beautiful pieces are reminiscent of Wayne Husted mid-century Blenko designs.
Please click on the link below to see how you can be a part of this line.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

COLUMBUS DAY PROMOTION. $15 off $100. Monday, October 13 ONLY.

Update from Blenko. 

Monday, October 13 ONLY
$15.00 off a $100.00 purchase. Present clerk with coupon or save it to your smartphone.
We still have $15.00 cobalt water bottles while supplies last. We also have a good selection of pumpkins available in various colors and sizes.
Gift Shop hours 8am-5pm
Glass Blowing demonstrations 8am-3:15pm
Hope you can stop in to see us.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Blenko Glass. Hurricane Shades and Candle Sticks and Book Ends.

Blenko Glass Company, Milton, WVa.  Blenko Glass catalog.