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.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

What Women Want....

The great question...which I have not been able to answer despite my 30 years of research into the feminine soul is " what does a Woman want?"
Sigmund Freud

Dr Freud,

WOMEN WANT BLENKO!   Blenko Glass Company located in Milton West Virginia
Blenko is made in WVa by West Virginians.

To learn more about Blenko Glass  visit the www.blenkoglass.com Blenko Glass Company website and www.blenkoproject.org  Blenko Project website.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Blenko Catalogs

Blenko Catalogs are the very best way to identify your vintage Blenko Glass
www.blenkoproject.org  has a link to all Blenko Glass Company Catalogs.

These catalogs ( reproductions) are sold on line for less than $15 per catalog.  Catalogs may also be obtained through the W.Va Museum of Glass in Weston, W.Va.

Should you not be able to find your particular glass treasure in these catalogs,  you may send a photo of the object  along with measurements to  Theblenkoproject@aol.com  The Blenko Project - we are running about 6 weeks behind in identification as many of our volunteers have children and grandkids they are responsible for during the summer months.

Thank you for collecting BLENKO GLASS.  Visit the Blenko Glass website weekly for special offers and also the Blenko Collectors are now on Facebook.

Thank you

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Readers - Were you able to get a WV Birthday piece, Happy Afterhours vase or Moonshine jug?

If so, please share your experience and photos!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Blenko Limited Edition Moonshine Jug

For those of you who can't make it to Milton, there is a special edition piece being sold at the Capital Market in Charleston today - both in person and over the phone!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Birthday Peice on Sale tomorrow, 8am

The Visitor Center, located at 9 Bill Blenko Drive, Milton, will open 8 am tomorrow for the Birthday Piece Sale.  
Blenko is celebrating its 35th anniversary of creating the WV Birthday piece.
 This year’s birthday piece is called “Autumn Flame." This vase pays homage to the state’s trees.

The piece is limited to a quantity of 152 and will be sold for $152 plus tax. Each piece is hand signed by the designer Arlon Bayliss and Blenko President Walter Blenko, Jr.

Readers have reported there are already over 35 Blenko Die-Hards in Line!
Will you be there?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


If you haven't made plans to visit Blenko for the WV Birthday Celebrations do so this day.
If you need info re: where to stay, what to wear, where to part the RV,
where to eat?
Email us we can help.
You must be present and in line to receive a card that will allow you to purchase the vase.
Blenko Glass Company web site has all the info about this vase and also
other objects that will be sold during this weekend of celebration.
The lines for the Bday Vase are long...people start as early as Wednesday the day before....in the past as long as you arrive by 3am on Saturday you will be assured of receiving a vase. . . . each year the lines are longer.  Check with Blenko Glass to ask what they suggest.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

BLENKO GLASS COMPANY - WV Birthday Celebration - You are Welcome to Join In

We've been doing the Blenko Project and this blog for nearly ten  years.
We are grateful to many collectors for their help in the development and of the Blenko Project and assisting with this blog.

I am especially grateful to Dr Vivek Yadav ( Penn State University) and Bruce Specht of Texas for their daily contributions.  Bruce and his family own one of the finest Blenko Collections.  He frequently shares photos and his extensive knowledge of Blenko with blog readers.
Dr Yadav is a PHD engineer, a researcher, and recently added glass blower to his list of skills.  . 

Our sole goal is to promote West Virginia Glass most especially BLENKO GLASS.   I've been a big fan of Blenko for more than 20 years.
Most everyone who visit the Blenko Glass Factory - visits with the talented craftsmen become a fan.  We do not buy or sell glass.   We have real jobs not pertaining to glass or selling glass.  We do assist Blenko Collectors with rehoming their glass or finding a particular Blenko item.  We are not employed by Blenko and receive no compensation of any type for Blenko Project or this blog.

Blenko Glass Company  is unique, its small, its friendly, its responsive.

I have yet to ask a craftsperson or an office person for assistance without getting a response.

Blenko Glass and Blenko Collectors are approachable and friendly if you don't collect, or have been fearful to call yourself a collector.
Consider joining Blenko for the WV Birthday Celebration.  If you don't feel like standing in line - - do what my Mom does ( she's over 65) go for the Friday Night Vase - its less expensive and you walk in and pick it 
up ...continue to shop while you are there.  Often time Mr Walter or Mr. Bill or Mr Andy Blenko will be there on Friday and Saturday to sign your glass.
I know the experts say signed glass isn't more value ............BUT....I'd rather have my glass signed. " It helps with the 'estate sale' later in life  "is a quote from Blenko Collector from Conn  Margie.

Every year the WV Birthday Vase is special and we all stand in long lines to purchase ....however since Arlon Bayliss began designing this vase.  It is UNIQUE and their is a story accompanying the vase.  Arlon Bayliss understands how important this item is to the Blenko Collector.
Acquiring the whole collection shouldn't be goal....its nearly impossible at this point.  We are now counting ten whole collections.
But  a goal could be owning all the vases designed by Bayliss - start now and add to your personal collection yearly.