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, March 15, 2017

Blenko Glass Company. Heart of Glass. Blenko Blog.

Blenko Glass is having a 10% discount on all green glass.  In honor of St Patricks Month.  Please go to www.blenkoglass.com to view all the many items available at this discount price.  As always shipping is available and Blenko accepts all credit cards.

Shamrock from Carolee and wiki

Sunday, March 12, 2017

St Patricks' Day. Blenko Glass Blog. Blenko Glass Company. Heart of Glass

Thanks to Carolee and wiki for this info.

Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick  (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint  of Ireland.

Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture , of the Irish  in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.[ Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption.

 Modern celebrations have been greatly influenced by those of the Irish diaspora,, particularly those that developed in North America. In recent years, there has been criticism of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations for having become too commercialised and for fostering negative stereotypes of the Irish.

   In West Virginia we often give 'green' gifts to those we care for - flowers, mints, or GREEN GLASS,  and most pubs offer green colored beers for the celebration. 

Photos of Blenko Green from Bruce S. ( Texas Collector)

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Monday, March 06, 2017

Easter arriving at Blenko - Bunnies, Eggs and baskets!

Special Edition Bunnies are beginning to make their way to the shipping department here at the factory. Our skilled artisans have been hard at work designing a color scheme for this bunny that is both beautiful and eye-catching. This year’s bunny is known as the “Crocus” Bunny because it mimics the colors of the Crocus flower and pays tribute to the Easter season. They are completely hand-formed by our team of skilled glass artisans and enhanced with a splash of purple, blue, green and white colored glass encased inside of each. Available for pre-order now at  shop.blenko.com Bunnies will begin shipping as early as next week. Order by March 31 to ensure delivery before Easter. The height of each bunny varies but they are generally around a chubby 6 ¾” in height with a flop ear. $52 each

We are 
also making a mini basket from 448r shape and a large handblown egg that can is supposed to have a large enough flat vase so it can be stood up. these 2 are still in development but bunny is online. 

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Spring Open House - Make Your OWN Easter Egg

 Open HouseMarch 18, 2017

A One day, Saturday Only event. Classes offered to the public to make handmade glass Easter eggs Blenko family signing event. Limited edition of special pieces for sale in our Visitors Center include an annual edition hand formed Bunny, as well as limited edition spring vase and pitcher

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Blenko Glass Blog. The Heart of Glass 3/1/17

This is a large event - for Blenko Vendors - also for Blenko Collectors or folks looking to purchase xmas gifts for great prices -  or just to refill your gift closet.
Blenko's Dean Six is continuing the Blenko Warehouse Sale for 2017.  NOTE the event is for FOUR DAYS ONLY.
You'll want to plan to visit - if you need lodging etc info - write to theblenkoproject@aol.com and we'll provide you with a list of lodging and great places to eat - and shop for vintage Blenko.

Blenko Warehouse SaleMarch 18-21, 2017
Four (4) Consecutive Days ONLY!!!
We open our factory warehouse with overstocks, preferred seconds, and some unique and one-of-a kind Blenko at special discount prices.  We will also feature special items in our on-site store. A great shopping opportunity.  This event previously was almost two weeks but we have less excess inventory and have shortened the event dramatically.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Blenko Glass Blog. HEART OF GLASS. Blenko Critters Under $20

Most children have seen and love turtle.
As a child one of my favorite stories was about a slow and reliable turtle.
We had at one time about 15 Blenko Glass turtle in my Dad's small garden in Edgewood - they were located throughout the garden with many near the small koi pond.
Blenko has been making the turtle for decades.
If you don't own the TURTLE - you'll want to consider purchasing.
Paper weight, garden ornament, pet, gift...versatile Turtle.
Under $20

Wiki has the following to say about  Turtles: 
Turtles are reptiles of the order Testudines (or Chelonii) characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs and acting as a shield.  "Turtle" may refer to the order as a whole (American English) or to fresh-water and sea-dwelling testudines (British English).
The order Testudines includes both extant (living) and extinct species. The earliest known members of this group date from 157 million years ago, making turtles one of the oldest reptile groups and a more ancient group than snakes or crocodilians. Of the 327 known species alive today, some are highly endangered.
Turtles are ectotherms—animals commonly called cold-blooded—meaning that their internal temperature varies according to the ambient environment. However, because of their high metabolic rate, leatherback sea turtles  have a body temperature that is noticeably higher than that of the surrounding water