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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.

Friday, June 16, 2017

TROPHY ANTIQUES TO HOST STEVE BAIRS BLENKO

TAMMY FOWLER  - TROPHY ANTIQUES  of CHARLESTON  will continue to sell the STEVE BAIR COLLECTION OF BLENKO AND WEST VIRGINIA GLASS.

STEVE BAIR WAS AN FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE BLENKO COLLECTOR SOCIETY. PHOTOS OF HIS COLLECTION ARE ON THE www.blenkoproject.org website STEVE'S COLLECTION OF BLENKO AND WEST VIRGINIA GLASS IS ONE OF THE BEST IN  WEST VIRGINIA AND IF WELL KNOW IN AMERICAN  GLASS CIRCLES.  STEVE IS AN ARTIST AND HIS COLLECTION HAS EXQUISITE UNIQUITE ONE OF A KIND ITEMS.

IF YOU HAVEN"T SEEN HIS COLLECTION YOU"LL WANT TO VISIT TROPHY ANTIQUES AND IF ITS POSSIBLE AND YOU HAVE THE MEANS FOR YOU TO ACQUIRE ITEMS FOR YOUR OWN COLLECTION  THESE OPPORTUNITES ARE LIMITED.

Blenko Glass Blog. Blenko Glass . The West Virginia B Day Vase Sale

The Line Begins very early... ..... If you aren't In Milton....Should you be?
Well....  Rumor has it....that  you are most often safe...as long as you
arrive BEFORE
MIDNIGHT
and sometime you are SAFE even if you arrive
at 6 am on SATURDAY
but many people have been disappointed
and left without a Blenko Birthday Vase
when they arrived late.
IF you arrive late and don't get a vase

you can purchase a vase on EBAY for an upcharge of $100
most often the day after....fyi.

BUT the fun is standing in line....getting to know other BLENKO COLLECTORS listening to the stories of   the old timers....the folks who collected when the sale was in the downtown area - first at
THE DIAMOND....then At Stones'
Then at The Cultural Center
Then.....
well you get....This Blenko Birthday Vase is nearly an OLD LADY -  she was born in 1980!   The first Vases were crystal - and made by Sheperd only later did the designers add color. 

WV Birthday Vase 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Blenko at Bahnhof WVrsthaus and Biergarten


Driving in Huntington this weekend we unexpectedly spotted Blenko glass.
Of course we stopped to check it out, and ended up having lunch at a wonderful new restaurant in the Huntington area.



Bahnhof WVrsthaus and Biergarten, 747 7th Ave., Huntington, WV
The wood inside and out was imported from Germany, and the glass blocks are Blenko Glass.
We had the 'Sausage Party' platter and it was delicious.

Everything is housemade- they grind and case their own sausages and make all the sauces and dips.

There are also more than 30 different brews on tap.
You can read the full Huntington Herald review here:

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/features_entertainment/dining_guide/bahnhof-brings-german-inspired-comfort-food-brews/article_1fae9692-29a5-58c2-a5f5-23288e1cc486.html

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Blenko WV Day 2017


Blenko WV Day 2017


Inspired by the mountains and rolling hills of our beautiful state of West Virginia, the base of this 13.5’’ tall Cobalt, Clover & Crystal creation known as “Sun Over The Mountains” is emboldened with a variety of ingrained lines meant to emulate the curvature of our states hills and mountains. The piece is finished with a round Yellow stopper representing the sun. 
This is the 1st West Virginia Day Piece designed by Blenko’s newest designer, Aaron Harvey.
This year's birthday piece, will go on sale Saturday, June 17. The doors will open at 8am, get in line early so you don't miss your chance to own one of these rare and beautiful pieces!. Each piece will be numbered and signed by Blenko President, Walter Blenko Jr. as well as the West Virginia Piece Designer, Aaron Harvey.
-Only 154 of these available. 
-$154.00 each plus tax 
-Limit 1 per person, No advance orders, 
-No phone orders, No coupons, No gift certificates. 
-Each Piece numbered & signed by Walter Blenko, Jr. & Aaron Harvey
 


 
 
Designed by Aaron Harvey to continue to pay homage to the outdoors; “Moon Over The Forest” is a 12 ¼” tall form blown in Cobalt and finished with a White powdered frit stopper to represent the moon. Item will be available as a Pre-Event piece during our “After Hours” Event on Friday, June 16 from 7pm to 9pm. Item will also be available online at shop.blenko.com starting Saturday, June 17.  Each decanter will be $79.00 and will be etched WV Day and Blenko 2017 on the bottom. Limited Quantities Available


Monday, May 29, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. Day of LOVE Give BLENKO

June 1st is the day German men traditionally send bouquets of flowers to females ( to express a romantic interest - sometimes anonymously).

Perhaps it began with the Victorians. The Victorians telegraphed detailed messages with flowers in a bouquet -especially the eloquent rose. The same color could mean different things, a note or number of blooms on a stem would clarify the message. yellow for friendship or jealousy, white, innocence or silence. RED? Nothing but Love.

I love picking up traditions from other places and making them my own. 'Good things' good feelings, make life ... more wonderful, more magical, more beautiful. Become involved.
IF there is a PRINCE in your LIFE (or a FROG who might have Prince Potential) make certain he learns of this German Tradition - Make it a part of your life.

IF there isn't an available Frog or Prince then might I suggest as an INDEPENDENT WOMAN you phone Jim Fletcher at Food Among the Flowers, (346-7994) Charleston, W. Va http://www.foodamongtheflowers.com/ or Carlos at Milton Floral (304 743 9079) ask them to prepare a great bouquet for YOU!

OH! Don't FORGET To ask for a BLENKO GLASS COMPANY container for that bouquet. http://www.blenkoglass.com/ (304 743 9081.
Enjoy JUNE 1st
Be Good to Yourself and those you Love! hjh

Ps. How to Keep the Rose Alive:
Give them sugar (Like lemon/lime soda in the water and an aspirin and a
cap or bleach added to the water will increase the life).

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass. GAS Announcement

 

 
 
 
 
GLASS ART SOCIETY ANNOUNCES NAMES OF 46 ARTISTS FEATURED IN THE 2017 GAS MEMBER JURIED EXHIBITION AT GLASS WHEEL STUDIO
May 3, 2017The Glass Art Society (GAS), in partnership with Glass Wheel Studio, is pleased to announce the names of the 46 participating artists who will be featured in the 2017 GAS Member Juried Exhibition. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Glass Wheel Studio in Norfolk, Virginia, and will be a highlight of the 46th annual GAS conference, Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 2 from 6-10 PM and prizes will be awarded to select artists at 7:30 PM.
“The breadth and quality of the works submitted for this exhibition were so impressive,” says Cheryl White, director of Glass Wheel Studio. “Whether experimenting with the technical limits of the glass or using it to explore deeper conceptual themes, GAS member artists are pushing the boundaries of this material in fascinating ways. We cannot wait to showcase these artists in Norfolk.”

The 46 artists featured in the 2017 GAS Member Juried Exhibition are:
James Akers
Julie Alland
Barbara Atkinson
Nisha Bansil
Emily Bartelt
Megan Biddle
Conrad M. Bishop
Jen Blazina
Kate Clements
Shaun Conroy
Jennifer Crescuillo
Scott Darlington
Jerre Davidson
Jonathan Davis
Cheryl Patrice Derricotte
Courtney Dodd
Karen Donnellan
Davin Ebanks
Jean M. Fernandes
Morgan Gilbreath
Jack Gramann
Jennifer Halvorson
Mollie Marie Hansen
Ji Huang
Krista Israel
Robert Mickelsen
Kathleen Mitchell
Sharyn O’Mara
Clare Peters
Suzanne Peterson
Spencer Pittenger and Gina Zetts
Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles
Leana Quade
Lisa Beth Robinson and Kristin Thielking
Leisl Schubel
Maia Stern
Susan Taylor Glasgow and Janis Miltenberger
Louise Thompson and Hanne Enemark
Nancy Weisser
Amy Whittingham
Benjamin Watkins Wright 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Blenko Glass Comapny. WVA Birthday Vase 2017. Heart of Glass Blog

Inspired by the mountains and rolling hills of our beautiful state of West Virginia, the base of this 13.5’’ tall Cobalt, Clover & Crystal creation known as “Sun Over The Mountains” is emboldened with a variety of ingrained lines meant to emulate the curvature of our states hills and mountains. The piece is finished with a round Yellow stopper representing the sun. This is the 1st West Virginia Day Piece designed by Blenko’s newest designer, Aaron Harvey.
This year's birthday piece, will go on sale Saturday, June 17. The doors will open at 8am, get in line early so you don't miss your chance to own one of these rare and beautiful pieces!. Each piece will be numbered and signed by Blenko President, Walter Blenko Jr. as well as the West Virginia Piece Designer, Aaron Harvey.
-Only 154 of these available. 
-$154.00 each plus tax 
-Limit 1 per person, No advance orders, 
-No phone orders, No coupons, No gift certificates. 
-Each Piece numbered & signed by Walter Blenko, Jr. & Aaron Harvey
 
 
 
Designed by Aaron Harvey to continue to pay homage to the outdoors; “Moon Over The Forest” is a 12 ¼” tall form blown in Cobalt and finished with a White powdered frit stopper to represent the moon. Item will be available as a Pre-Event piece during our “After Hours” Event on Friday, June 16 from 7pm to 9pm. Item will also be available online at shop.blenko.com starting Saturday, June 17.  Each decanter will be $79.00 and will be etched WV Day and Blenko 2017 on the bottom. Limited Quantities Available