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, August 28, 2016

Blenko Glass Company. Is This BLENKO?

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  These belonged to my Maw Maw, she has them label Blenko Glass.  
I can't find these in the on line catalogs.
Can you assist?
Lynsey McD

These are Fostoria candlesticks.  I cant remember the name of the design, first check the Fostoria Glass Collectors group.  If you can't find an answer.  Contact us again, and I'll do the research. HJH
Fostoria Candlestick

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Blenko Glass Company. IS This Blenko?

The Blenko Project is about 18 months behind in responding to emails from collectors, wanna be collectors, and friends of Blenko.   We lost two of our most valued volunteers in December 2015, and 19 months ago we lost Dr Vivek Yadav our webmaster.  We have yet to find replacements.

While we apologize for the backlog.  We will respond to all letters.

I'm publishing a few this week.   Easy answer letters that do not require research.
Hillery is this BLENKO?

This is NOT Blenko.  It was sold in large quantities at the 'Tuesday Morning' store.  Blenko Glass did make a heart bud vase, very similar in size, the Blenko heart was 99% of the time done in crystal and is much heavier than this imitation.
Thank you for the photo, for reading and for purchasing in the future Blenko Glass.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

MCM Glass Symposium this weekend in Weston WV

The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia will host its 4th annual American Mid-Century Modern Glass Symposium on Friday and Saturday in Weston

Registration for the symposium is $79, which includes both days of activities and two meals. For those who are Museum of American Glass members, the cost is $69.

The symposium will be held at the museum, which is located at 230 Main Ave. in Weston.

To attend, call the museum at (304) 269-5006, although same-day registration is welcome.

Read more at: http://www.theet.com/news/local/th-annual-glass-symposium-returning-to-the-museum-of-american/article_2675dd8c-b9c7-59d9-8dce-0e8c5b2032f7.html

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Blenko Glass Company. IS this Blenko?

Sending photo.  Is this Blenko?
I can not find in catalogues.
Adam G.

I know this to be  Blenko - it was made for a fund raiser WV Museum of Glass conducted a few years ago.  You are correct it is NOT in the catalog.
At the time of purchase the Museum valued this at $100 ( approx.).
   It is a nice almost one of a kind piece of Blenko.  Thank you for sharing this photo.
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Blenko Glass Company. Texas Glass Collector

HI Doc,
Juts wanted to send along this nice pair of Myers and Husted sheared top vases. The Tangerine vase on the left is Joel Myers designed Blenko #6923 with an earlier design of Wayne Husted, a Blenko #6317. The Myers design only has the dimples on two sides as opposed to an earlier design by Husted that all four sides have the pattern. The Husted vase is Jonquil and has a rose image on one side of the vase.

Two nice examples of Blenko vases where the tops have been cut off and ground.

Hope your readers find this useful,
Bruce S.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Blenko Glass Company. Blenko -Husted Design #627L Peacock

Specht Collection - Blenko Glass 
HI Doc,
A trio of Peacock decanters is next. From the left is a Myers design Blenko #646 optic body decanter, a Husted design Blenko#627-L in crackle, and another Myers design Blenko #6528-S.

Hope that the group enjoys as well,
Bruce S.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Blenko Glass Company. Faded Jade Vase and Bowl

HI Doc,
Sometimes even a mistake can take on it's own beauty. All three of these pieces are in Blenko Jade or were supposed to be as is the case of the two vases on the right. Both of these were supposed to be solid Jade but the gathering and blowing process produced these fade patterns where the turquoise covering the jonquil base color was too thin to achieve an even jade coloring. As with most Jade pieces and as illustrated in the bowl if you are wondering if a piece is Jade or another Blenko green, just look at the edges as you hold the piece up to strong light. If you see the turquoise "edges" you are holding an example of Jade.The three examples here are, from the left, a Blenko #3744, a Blenko #5824, and a Blenko # 533.

Hope this helpful,
Bruce S.