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.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


We hope you can join us for our annual holiday sale. There will be classes, limited edition items, glass signings, tours, special discounts and much more.

Limited edition items will be available on Friday, November 28 at 8:00am in the gift shop. Cards will be handed out at the door. No advance orders or phone orders prior to November 28.

We will have our brand new holiday angel. This year we are debuting the "Guardian" Angel. The colors of bright blue, green and white swirl through the body of this beautiful piece. Limited to 50 numbered pieces available in the gift shop. Each piece will be signed
by retired Master Craftsman Les Womack.

We have two pieces designed by Arlon Bayliss. "Holiday Garlands"
These pieces are "draped generously with expressive trails of festive color. "Holiday Garlands" celebrate the season and look lovely together or solo!" Each piece will be numbered. Limited to 30 pieces of each style available in the gift shop.

(For our customers who can't visit us in person, these items will
be available to order online on Monday, December 1 at 12 noon EST,
9am PST. There will be 30 each available of the "Holiday Garlands"
items and 25 of the "Guardian Angel".

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blenko Glass: Holiday Sale and Open House November 28-30, 2014.

Here is a complete listing of the classes we will be offering during our Holiday Sale and Open House November 28-30, 2014.

Friday, November 28

*Blown Christmas Ornament
$35.00 per person, Limited to 15 participants

Work with our craftsmen to create your own unique
Christmas ornament you are sure to treasure for years to come.

*Glass Painting and Tumbled Glass Mosaic
Ongoing class upstairs in the gift shop 8:30am-2:00pm
Great for kids.
$10.00 Glass Painting 2 for $10.00 Tumbled Glass Mosaic

Saturday, November 29

Blown Christmas Ornament
$35.00 per person, Limited to 15 participants

*Blown Ruffle Vase
$65.00 per person, Limited to 15 participants

Create a beautiful mini, multi-colored vase . You will work with our craftsmen to help form the vase, including blowing the piece.

*Stained Glass Mosaic Plate
$50.00 per person, Limited to 8 participants

You will work with Blenko sheet glass to create a beautiful
design on a 14" wooden plate. Our artist will assist you in the
design and finishing of the piece.

*Glass Painting and Tumbled Glass Mosaic
Ongoing class upstairs in the gift shop 9:30am-2:00pm
Great for kids.
$10.00 Glass Painting 2 for $10.00 Tumbled Glass Mosaic

Call us Monday-Friday at 877-425-3656 from 8am-2:00pm to sign up. Class must be secured with a credit card.

We hope you can join us for this event. We love to talk to our
customers and participants and show them a little bit of what we do on a daily basis. When you make your own piece of glass you are making a little bit of history. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014



You can now order the new "Bubble" Snowman that we introduced at the gift shop a couple months ago. We are now producing these in anticipation of the holiday season. Order on our online store at www.blenko.com. Click on the online store and then click on Holiday Items. The price is $52.00 each plus freight.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kissin Kates

Kissin Kate's,  one of our favorite vintage and after market Blenko Glass sellers sent photos of glass in their shop.
This is a wonderful way to start your Xmas shopping!
Below is a photo from the 1st Floor of the South Charleston Antique Mall. They brought in 20 new pieces for the Christmas season.
If you need additional info - email  theblenkoproject@aol.com or contact the owners Tim and Linda ( aka Kissin' Kate's Antiques) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kissin-Kates-Antiques/719760098108000

Friday, November 14, 2014

Keith Lahti Pottery Show November 15 & 16 Reminder

Remember the Keith Lahti Pottery Show is Today and Tomorrow,  November 15 & 16

Make a weekend excursion and plan to visit McColley Studio in nearby Chloe to see the work of  Connie McColley (jewelry), Lynn Gundry (stained glass) and Margie Mills (fiber), Karen Shreve (jewelry) and Kathy Russell (handmade truffles)

Info at 304 655-7429

Or Visit http://www.handmadecremationurns.com/

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. We need your help!

See a mistake in the daily post?   If you do please notify us.
Both Vivek and I have full time jobs, and many other commitments.
Many times the post are written early am or late pm.

If we mislabel an item.  State something that you know to be in error or questionable, let us know.

We have a large number of new collectors - who rely on the blog as factual.

Please help us provide factual and accurate information.
If you have information about a Blenko event, or other American Glass event, or collectors group you wish to share - send the info to:  theblenkoproject@aol.com.
We welcome your high definition, clear photos - please appropriately label your photos.

Thank You
Hillary and Vivek 

Blenko Glass Company - Milton, WVa.

NO!  These are not Williamsburg designs or even Blenko Glass.
This is the work of Vivek,  an post doc scholar at Penn State University who like most of us loves glass.
Vivek has taken his love of glass to the next level,  he now attends a glass making workshop and also goes weekly with a glass partner to try new things.
Several years ago my Dad and I did the full day at Blenko Glass attempting to make glass - the two of us made ( with a great deal of help from Randy Rider) three pieces.
From this experience I became more aware of the skill each member of the team needs - and I realized whatever the cost...the handcrafted excellent products from Blenko are worth what ever the asking price.
Glass is a difficult medium.   My admiration of glassworkers is a big part of why we do the Blog.
Blenko Glass is unique.   It is made in West Virginia,  it is made by family men - men who hunt, fish, coach soft ball, bowl.  Men who are involved in our communities.  .
When you support ( by buying new glass) Blenko Glass you enrich our community and our State.
Be proud to gift Made In West Virginia items and most especially Blenko Glass.
    If like Vivek,  you want to make glass -   Blenko offers courses each year,  Check out the www.blenkoglass.com website.
     Thank you for reading.  Thank you for your comments and even your criticism.  Both Vivek and I work full time.  The blog and the website are all volunteer activities. 
Should you have time to volunteer we welcome you.

#### Update from Vivek ####

Here is photo of progression of wine glasses. It took 4 weeks, 1.5 hours a week as gaffer to get to this stage. The first 3 are from week 2 and 3, and last one is from week 4. If you like to improve your glass skills, you should take/register for classes as often as possible.

Week 1, made nothing, goblet cracked and feet kept falling.
Week 2, made the ones where foot fell off.
Week 3, shortened the stem, and got heat/flash right for the foot.
Week 4, the wine glass with longer stem.

I will start stretching stem more, and make glass bigger in up coming weeks.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day Discounts at Blenko Glass Company

From blenko glass company:

Veteran's Day Discounts


Tuesday, November 11
Blenko Gift Shop 
Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm

All Orchid, Amethyst and Spring Green items 15% off regular price. All items priced as marked

Already reduced pumpkin inventory is an additional 15% off. Discount will be given at register.

Stop by and visit us if you are in the area. Glassblowing demonstrations will be 8:00am-noon, 12:30pm-3:15pm