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, June 26, 2016

Blenko. In The Blenko of An Eye. Photo by Bruce S. Blenko Glass Company www.blenkoglass.com

Collection of Bruce and Shelly S. - Texaqs 
Hi Hillary,

I had to call in some help on identifying this piece of Blenko. I stumbled upon the Ruby piece and took a gamble that it was Blenko. The color alone is so distinctive but it also had the pontil mark and "feel" of Blenko. Light weight, quality work that just said it was probably their work. I posted it to another site and one of the readers sent back a catalog page from the thirties that confirmed my suspicions. It was indeed a Blenko #351 flat sides vase. Maybe your readers will have the same luck when they are out "hunting".

Hope you enjoy,
Bruce S.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Blenko Glass Company. Something For Everyone!

MJ4 Medium Moonshine Face Jug- $124

This 8.5’’ tall bright opaque Yellow jug is designed with a wide Cobalt Blue smile, elongated nose and eyes. This medium sized jug has a loop handle is Clover Green.

Item is marked Blenko and dated. (Walter Blenko Jr.'s Signature can be added for an additional $10)

To order call 304-743-9081.  May be ordered on line from www.blenkoglass.com
Sample - Many unique face faces available

Thanks to Suszanne for this photo and info. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Blenko Glass Myers # 6516 Decanter in Honey

Myers # 6516 Decanter in Honey
HI Doc,
Moving ahead in time we come to my favorite designer Joel Philip Myers. This pair of decanters is one of his that I find especially pleasing. These are Blenko #6516 decanters in Honey. This design was produced for several years by Blenko but the earlier pieces have the distinction of having the taller stoppers which to my eye are more visually pleasing. The piece on the left is plain Honey while the other is Blenko's wonderful crackle. Shelley enjoys the Honey crackle so much that it is on the table next to the TV with its own lighting to make the crackle really sparkle at night. I refer to these as the spindle stopper decanters.

Hope you enjoy as well,
Bruce S.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

The Heart of Glass Blog - wishes a Happy Father's Day to all Father's.  

IF  you haven't bought a gift - Blenko Glass is open today .....or use on line ordering  www.blenkogoass.com  just print a  photo of the object you ordered and include it in the card  for your Dad.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

West Virginia Birthday Vase 2016 by Arlon Bayliss for Blenko Glass

The line for purchase often begins 2-3 days prior to the sale.  If you plan to purchase consider coming no later than early am on June 18th.  Blenko always sells out within 2 hours after opening.
These vases sell for double the Blenko Glass sale price shortly after - on Etsy and EBay.  We hope you are successful in your attempt to purchase at Blenko Glass - Milton, WVa. 
2016 - Blenko WVa Birthday Vase - designed by A. Bayliss  Hi Hillary,

Friday, June 17, 2016

Blenko Glass - 2016 WV Birthday Vase - The line to purchase begins....

Blenko West Virginia Birthday Piece 2016
"Patience’s Prize"  Sold Saturday 18th ONLY
From the careful pursuit of brook trout in cool West Virginia streams to bobbing for bluegills in its countless lake’s and ponds, fishing brings peace and joy to old and young alike.
Designer, Arlon Bayliss is a keen fisherman; as are many of Blenko’s workers. Bayliss says, “Their skill and patience extend beyond glassmaking. We've shared a decade’s worth of West Virginia Pieces and fish tales to prove it!”
This year’s Blenko West Virginia Birthday Piece, “Patience’s Prize” is a tall, fish-shaped, flattened vase with a flared tail opening in Spring Green cased with Jonquil. A dynamic curve in its body suggests a leaping fish.
Limited to a total of 153 numbered pieces.

Pre-Event Pieces 2016   June 17th TODAY 
"The One That Got Away" and "The Other One That Got Away"
Two companions to this years West Virginia Birthday piece, “The One That Got Away” and “The Other One That got Away” were designed by Arlon Bayliss to continue our homage to fishing. “The One That Got Away" is blown in Jonquil with a mid-body fade, and “The Other One That Got Away" is patterned with a blue, green, opal white frit mix. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Blenko Glass Vintage Blenko by Myers

Myers   #6742
Hi Doc,
This is the other photo that was created for my family friend in Georgia. Of course it had to be a Myers grouping. I just really enjoy this very heavy decanter design. For those of you who have not handled this piece before it is indeed one of the heaviest pieces that I have handled. The solid crystal bottom of the decanter as well as the solid airtwist stopper makes this a stout piece. This is Myers Blenko #6724 in Honey, Olive Green, and Turquoise. Blenko also produced this decanter in Lemon and Tangerine but in those two designs the stoppers do not have the color of the body in the stopper. Instead they just have a plain crystal stopper with the airtwist. The catalog also notes that the piece is not available in "Plum". That would have been a wonderful color combination to me, but alas it just didn't occur.

Hope you enjoy,
Bruce S.

 Please remember Friday night - and Saturday AM
The Blenko celebration of WVa 's Birthday