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, April 27, 2016
I'm seeking a series of four pieces of crystal glass sold in the Kaufman's Pittsburgh location.
They were signed by Mr Bill Blenko and numbered.
I don't have photos. Does any of this make sense? If so can you help me replace these items that were lost when we moved my grand mother from her home in 2000. We are just now realizing the loss. She had a list of items.
Her description was crystal bowl, crystal flower vase, crystal triangle, crystal basket.
Short Hills NJ
I do know this series. It started at Kaufman's in Pittsburgh the same year the WV Birthday Series began in West Virginia. May I suggest, You might advertise on Craigs' List or ask a Pittsburgh dealer to assist you.
We'll ask if anyone of our Blenko Collectors own these series - if so we'll get photos - and if they want to rehome the glass we'll give you their contact info.
Thank you for reading and for purchasing Blenko Glass.
Note: I couldn't get the photo to publish. May I suggest your google Texas Blenko - Bruce S
sent photos of this series to the blog in
Bruce owns three pieces . Helen Lodge owned the Vase. Steve and Margie Bair of Charleston also own the vase.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
|Blenko Glass Texas Steer|
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
We don't have a volunteer to screen and post.
We do read your comments and we will respond to any / all questions.
I apologize for the confusion.
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Thank you for reading and for commenting.
If you have unique Blenko you no longer want, and feel it would / could find a home in another collection . Send a photo.
Also if you are seeking an item - we can post your needs.
The Blenko Project will put provide your contact info with person who has the item you wish to purchase. We will prior to this send you photos to confirm this is what you are seeking.
If you can help the collectors below complete their collections with the addition of an item listed.
Thanks. Questions? TheBlenkoProject@aol.com.
In no particular order:
1. Vintage Sandblasted Blenko ( Mr. Harold W. Charleston)
2. Vintage Blenko Pineapple and other glass fruits and veggies ( KH / Charleston)
3. Anything Rose' ( George - Weston)
4. Olana - by Husted ( Sarah - North Carolina)
5. The Husted decanter Collection - Variations ( RF Charleston SC)
6. WV Birthday Vase - multiple people / different years
7. RUBY Lamp ( Rhonda - Cabin Creek WV)
8. Glass - Very Large Pieces from 70s - multiple people
9. Ebony Glass - multiple people
10. Animals and Whimsy pieces ( Suzanne B. Ohio)
Sunday, April 17, 2016
|You'll want to visit the www.blenkoglass.com website often for info about New Products! One of our favorites is the Blenko Gurgle Bottle. Available in Tangerine and Bermuda Blue.|
|Blenko Gurgle Bottle in Bermuda Blue|
Friday, April 15, 2016
This weekend is the WVa Master Gardeners' Annual Meeting - Greenbrier County is hosting. The gardeners will meet on Friday - Sunday. You can be certain my Dad offered Blenko Glass for the silent auction and he'll be promoting BLENKO in the Garden with photos of his own creations. My Dad firmly believes that BLENKO GLASS and Gardening are addictive, positive addictions and the marriage of the two is spectacular.
Dean Six was a new addition to the BLENKO GLASS staff this year. Most of you will be familiar with Dean's dynamic personality and endless energy and vast knowledge of American Glass ...from his work at Replacements .Com and also the WV Museum of American Glass in Weston. Dean is a well known author, his latest book is
I do know its the weekend after Mother's Day - and there is a charge. You'll want to visit the Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com webpages to obtain additional information. I'll also publish here anything we receive.
Note: The older Blenko, and heavier items are best suited for use in the garden. I think Blenko may recommend bring them in each winter. I'm certain at the Garden Party we'll see examples of in stock items that are deemed appropriate for the garden.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
We need assistance with the Blenko Project mail - 3/4 of this is identifying glass or suggesting the correct resource for self identification.
Blenko Glass ID - assistance.
Photos of Collections or Special Items that are BLENKO GLASS or were MADE IN West Virginia .
Someone to assist in responding and publishing appropriate comments - we have not allowed comments for six months. The comments can be educational and helpful to new collectors - this should take 2 hours max per week.
If you are available to assist please email TheBlenkoProject@aol.com
include your name - contact info and let us know how you wish to assist.
|Blenko Glass pre-designer pinched vases|
I guess I will start with these predesigner pinch vases. These are Blenko #441 in Turquoise and Ruby. These are relatively hard to find that don't have water damage since it is extremely difficult to clean the inside of the "donut".Have had this photo on hold for quite a while since I always had newer pieces that I wanted to share first. I also believe some of the other manufacturers produced similar pieces so you are left having to base your identification on the color and pontil mark.
Hope you enjoy,
If you are new to Blenko Glass Collecting or the Heart of Glass Blog. Bruce Specht and his family are avid Blenko Glass Collectors - they own some of the best BLENKO in Texas and perhaps the USA.