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 25, 2015

Support our Troops Wear Red on Fridays!

  Readers:  I can't take credit for this idea or story - it was a forward.   I like many of you support 100%  our Troops.   HJH                                  
Subject: Fwd: Will you give this to my Daddy?
This is a great story, but the end is really great.  I am starting to do it tomorrow - Friday.  Maybe you would like to do it too.  Forward this to your friends.  It would be wonderful to have thousands do this every Fri. 
As a Company, Southwest Airlines is going to support 'Red Fridays.'
Last week I was in Atlanta, Georgia attending a conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest acts of patriotism I have ever seen.
Moving through the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camos. As they began heading to their gate, everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering.
When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and cheered for, it hit me. I'm not alone. I'm not the only red-blooded American who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families.
Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we can go to school, work and home without fear or reprisal.
Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our service men and women, a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old, ran up to one of the male soldiers. He kneeled down and said, "hi."
The little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her.
The young soldier, who didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her Daddy. Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek.
The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter's name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine and had been in Iraq for 11 months now. As the mom was explaining how much her daughter, Courtney, missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up.
When this temporarily single mom was done explaining her situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second. Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a military-looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it..
After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, "I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to you." He then huggged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying, "your daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon."
The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet, he saluted Courtney and her mom. I was standing no more than 6 feet away from this entire event.
As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, there were very few dry eyes, including my own. That young soldier in one last act of selflessness, turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.
We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it's good to be an American.
RED FRIDAYS ----- Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday . The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority."  We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers.
We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions. Many American, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of Americans supports our troops.
Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that.. Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will     wear something red.
By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a               homecoming football game in the bleachers.
If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever; certainly more than the media lets on.
The first thing a soldier says when asked, "What can we do to make things better for you?" is...We need your support and your prayers.
Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear something red every Friday.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Blenko warehouse sale - II

More pictures from the ongoing blenko warehouse sale. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

glass update - V

Hello Hillary,

Here are more photos of glass I made this month. I have been trying to make the perfect roman handle for more than 5 weeks now. So I decided to practice all on one piece. The one on right has 14 handles on it.

I hope you and the readers like them.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

RIP Blenko Lady from Georgia - Deborah Allen

Blenko Friends - I just learned that Deobrah Allen Passed away. Am very saddened by this.

The Blenko Lady From Georgia 

The Blenko Project www.blenkoproject.org began while I was an undergrad at WVU - almost ten years ago.
The Blenko Collectors Group was very active at this time,  many men and women with vast knowledge of Blenko and WV Glass boldly stepped forward to assist me.  Deborah Allen was one of the first to offer her assistance.
Deborah Allen knows and loves Blenko Glass.  She and her beloved husband Rod Allen,  have a unique and vast collection of excellent quality Blenko.   Deb has been featured in news articles, and has written for publication about Blenko,  she frequently spoke to large groups of people on the subject of Blenko Glass.  If you collected Blenko during the BCS you would recall Deb Allen as she was often a featured speaker at Blenko Collector group meetings. 
What I remember most about my meetings with Deb was  enthusiasm, her knowledge, her willingness to share,  and her genuine love of Blenko.  She knew the history of each item,  many times she could tell you what shop made the item.  While it was no secret Deb,a true Southern Lady    had a favorite Blenko Designer. She was loyal to the brand.  Not just a 'cheerleader' for handmade in WVa Glass but a person devoted to educating others about handmade WVa Glass.  Deborah and Rodney bought and displayed  quality Blenko made by all the Blenko Designers.
Deb Allen was a big part of 'the living  encyclopedia of Blenko Glass.'   Cards may be sent to the address below.  I'll work on getting an email address posted.
Thank You HJH

Deborah Allen,  4174 Reef Rd., Marietta GA 30066

Deb Allen   giving a seminar on Blenko at the PSDGC show in Atlanta, last summer.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Blenko warehouse sale

Blenko is having its annual warehouse sale. Here are pictures from this year's sale. Do visit blenko, if you can.

The door opens promptly at 9am in the morning. Come in out of the rain, (but please pardon our leaks), and check out our great selection and super discounted prices. All regular water bottles are $12.00 each. This year we have a great selection of mini water bottles plus much, much more.
Select sheet glass is $15.00 per sheet and select dalle de verre slab glass is $5.00 ea or BOGO free.
We have also discounted a large selection of "First" quality pieces.
Our hours are 9am-4pm Saturday
9am-3pm Mon-Fri
Closed Sunday
Sale runs tomorrow through March 28.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Adams Hallmark Limited Edition Basket

Blenko Spring Open House and warehouse sale start this Saturday. Below is another announcemnt from blenko glass company.

Adams Hallmark is now accepting reservations for the 2015 Blenko Glass Limited Edition Spring Basket. An Adams Hallmark exclusive, the Spring Basket is limited to 50 hand-numbered pieces. Available beginning April 4, the introduction will coincide with a Walter Blenko signing event at Adams Hallmark at Pierpont Centre in Morgantown from 1-3pm. Reserve yours today by calling 304-291-4008 or by visiting your local Adams Hallmark location.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


15% off all Blenko "Green" items. 
(Clover, Spring Green, Kiwi)
Discount will be given at register.
Gift Shop Hours:
Mon-Sat 9-4
Sunday 12-4
If you have any questions give them a call at 877-425-3656 Ext 14