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.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Valentine's Day Weekend!

Nothing speaks to the Heart like ' Ruby Red Blenko!'  or crystal Blenko vase filled with fresh flowers, a bowl in your significant others favorite color filled with jelly beans or his favorite chocolate.

Blenko Glass is handcrafted in West Virginia.  www.blenkoglass.com

Sunday, February 07, 2016

West Virginia Birthday Vases Seeking New Home

   My maw maw passed this past year.  I inherited and do not want her West Virginia and Ohio glass.   Its a bunch of odd n ends except for the State Birthday Vases.
    She has the first four and the last eight.
I have been told the first ones are worth about 1,000 each and the later ones about $500.
Is this accurate?   Will you help us find someone who needs these?
Alicia Bell

Blenko and most other vintage glass is worth whatever another is willing to pay.  I will post your note.  If you will send photos - I'll add these.
Most collectors will want to see the bottom and a good quality photo of the entire piece.
Thank you for reading.
If you want to learn more about Blenko Glass -- the history and also learn about collecting, may I suggest The Blenko Project,  another good site is Blenko Glass Collectors - Blenko Four, and of course the Blenko Glass Company website  and facebook pages devoted to Blenko.
She has 1980 - 84
She has 2012 - 2015

Friday, February 05, 2016

Glass Needing New Homes _ Feb 2016

Our main focus for the month of Feb., other than promoting GLASS as an alternative to Valentine's Day Flowers..... will be 'Glass Needing New Homes'.

Should you have a good item that is a duplicate for you, or that you no longer love.  We may be able to help.   Please send photo, description and a contact info and we'll post the photo.  Our readers, many of whom just began ( 1-5 years) collecting and are in need of older and unique colors of Blenko.  
Please send to TheBlenkoProject@aol.com 
Sample of Ideal Valentine's Day Gift -  Card and Blenko!
V-Day Card

Blenko Glass - Martini Pitcher 

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Loss of great glass artist, Marvin Lipofsky

Marvin Lipofsky, Who Raised Blown Glass To High Art, Dead At 77
Marvin Lipofsky, a founder of the studio-glass movement, which took blown glass from the realm of interior decoration and functionality and showed its potential as a fine-arts medium, died on Jan. 15 in Oakland, Calif. He was 77.
For years we heard stories fro m Shorty Finley, and Jessie Carpenter about the ‘design boys’  who came with Joel Myers to do factory work.   They spoke of how kind and supportive the designers  were to the factory men.   They all went fishing and bowling and bonded in Milton.
Shorty Finley and Marvin Lipofsky were reunited via phone after I met Marvin and Henry Halem http://www.henryhalem.com/ in Pittsburgh ( 2009).  
Marvin Lipofsky and Henry Halem spoke of their time in West Virginia and the workers with great delight – as if it were yesterday.
Marvin Lipofsky was a wonderful presenter, a beyond wonderful glass designer, and a good friend to everyone who knew him.
Over the years, he has provided this blog with photos from Blenko during his tenture and documents about Joel Myers.  Marvin Lipofsky loved  the process of making glass art and immediately bonded and became teacher, mentor, friend to others sharing his interest.
We feel blessed to have known him.


Give Kids A Smile - Feb 5, 2016 Charleston WV

Monday, February 01, 2016

Blenko Warehouse Sale

Blenko Glass each year in March holds a 4-5 day warehouse sale.

If you haven't been....may I suggest you mark this event in your calendar and attempt to attend.

Each year they sell Artist Proofs,  odd ball glass,  2nds and many items that are just discontinued.

While I have not been in several years,  each year many readers write to speak of the beautiful and VERY NICELY PRICED items they purchased.

My parents used to go yearly and buy gifts for their entire office staffs.   During this event, one can obtain Blenko Glass water bottles for as low as $16.... consider buying in bulk for your gift closet.

Each year I receive a letter from the Conner family -- they bring their van and fill it with items to
resell on EBay and Etsy.  
For the exact dates and times please phone 304 743 9081 - check www.blenkoglass.com Blenko Glass website, or the Blenko Collectors on face book. 
Photo from Conner Family - Warehouse Sale 2015 

Located in Milton, WV Blenko Glass is an American institution and has been in business since 1893.
For over 100 years Blenko has maintained and will carry on the tradition of hand making glassware in America. We offer a wide range of products which include functional glassware, art glass, mouth blown sheet glass, dalle de verre and other quality products.

We welcome you to become a part of the Blenko Family.*

Note:  We continue with policy of NOT publishing comments.  We will however, forward your comments to the appropriate persons.  We appreciate your comments - good - bad and indifferent.
Our goal is to raise awareness of the wonderful handcrafted glass available in West Virginia.
We will attempt to assist you with documenting your glass,  finding new homes for your glass.
Thank you for reading and for your continued interest in Blenko Glass.  

* Blenko Glass website.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bowl ID

I have looked through your catalogues and was not able to identify this piece.  Would you be able to help me?  Measures 5 1/2" tall, 8" long, 6 1/2" wide. Base is 6" long X 4” wide.  Has 4 stretched sections that rise up from the base.