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, September 01, 2014

BLENKO GLASS. An American Made Product

  When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh
at the sky.   Buddha


Blenko Glass Water Bottle.   Simple -  Perfect!  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blenko Myers Honey designs

Hi Doc,
A am sending a nice grouping below to help folks with the color Honey. There can be some variance in the color from almost the wheat color that came in to Blenko's pallet later during Shepherd design period. Shelley is very fond of Honey and so I have been keeping my eye out for new pieces to add to the collection. I had a bit of luck lately and added the three pieces on the left over the past two months as mislist finds on Ebay. All of these are Joel Myers designs from the sixties. From the left you have a Blenko #658 S decanter, Blenko 669 optic decanter with ball stopper, Blenko #6711 S spiral wrapped decanter with ball stopper, Blenko #653 optic decanter with flame stopper, and Blenko 64E beehive vase.

Hope you enjoy,
Bruce Specht


Monday, August 25, 2014

Glass pitcher, and bowl.

Hello Hillary,

I made more things with color. Made another pitcher, and color bowl. The bowl is made by making the basic glass 'bullet'. Then red spiral was added and after that it was quoted with white. 

I ran out of space in lab, so started getting glass home. The way its going, I will run out of space in home soon too. 

Regards,
V









Saturday, August 23, 2014

Amethyst crackle blenko

HI Hillary,
A few new additions to the collection that I wanted to share with the blog. The crystal crackle and amethyst pieces came from a northern collection that included a matching canister with lid. The lid on the large jug is questionable but it goes well and should keep the dust out. My favorite of the three is the reed handled pitcher. From the left is a Pre-designer Blenko #442P pitcher, Blenko #443 jug, and Blenko #390 ruffled top vase.

Hope you enjoy,
Bruce Specht


Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Unique Bowl

Hello Hillary

I have a Blenko bowl purchased about 25 years age. I have not seen a bowl similar to this in recent years. It is part of our Blenko collection which we have collected over the years. This bowl is the centerpiece on our table and is filled with 8 Blenko glass apples of various colors. The apples are of solid glass. I have always wondered if you still have the mold for this bowl. Attached is a photo of this bowl.

William Galyean





Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Glass mistake. Made vase instead of pitcher. V

Hello Hillary,

If you recall I said there are 3 basic shapes; tumbler, bowl and bottle. And you modify them to make different pieces. What people dont realize is when you add color, you change properties of the glass. Glass can handle more or less heat, and behaves very differently. I was tying to make a pitcher with red which is a hard color. Hard meaning it cools much faster than clear glass. So first I didnt heat enough, and the second time, I heated too much and could not control glass. So made a vase instead of pitcher. I just stretched the glass, and cut it to make this. Its about 18 inches tall. Have included blenko angel for size reference. The forest you see is view form my apartment.

As you know, I keep the worst pieces I make each week with me. Am just glad that this week the mistake came out looking good. Although, must admit. It didnt look as pretty before. Another lady I work with cut the top, then I ground the top and base.

You can see how far off I was. I was making a pitcher, and ended up making this.

Regards,
V





Sunday, August 17, 2014

PM Estate Sales - Purple Moon Estate Sale

 



Kanawha City Estate Sale

5209 Noyes Avenue - Charleston, WV (Map)

Sunday, August 17, 2014 – Noon to 5pm - 25% OFF!
PREVIEW VIDEO #1* – Living Room, Dining, Kitchen, Sunroom, Vintage Telephone Collection, Art, Bar & More!

PREVIEW VIDEO #2* – Bed Room, Den, Office, Die-cast Police Car Collection, More Phones, Art & More!

This gorgeous home is packed with unique, artful and collectible items! With fine furnishings, antique and vintage Asian art, figurines and collectibles, china and crystal dinnerware, barware (and a bar!), massive collection of antique toy

Blenko Myers designed decanters

Hi Doc,

A trio of Myers designed decanters in Crystal, Turquoise, and Olive Green. These are Blenko #6947.

Enjoy,

Bruce Specht