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, February 25, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Type of Organization: Not for profit
Mission Statement: The mission of Small Paws® Rescue Inc., is to rescue and supply any Bichon Frise or Bichon mix, nationwide, regardless of age or medical condition, with love, shelter, food, human companionship, medical care, and spay or neuter services through local veterinarians until permanent placement is secured into a prescreened loving home.
Small Paws® Rescue Inc. will accept into rescue any Bichon Frise or Bichon Frise mix who is either abandoned in a shelter or living with an owner who can no longer supply care. We also participate in rescue and placement of Bichons who are culled from the Puppy Mills or purchased at Puppy Mill auctions.
We wish to eliminate the euthanasia of any healthy, adoptable Bichon Frise in our country. We do not accept euthanasia as a means of population control for animals. We believe each Bichon's life is meaningful and each deserves a loving home. We take responsibility for each Bichon rescued and placed through Small Paws® Rescue Inc. for the rest of his or her natural life
If you are thinking of adding a four legged friend to your family (of any breed) - please consider adoption! hjh
Saturday, February 17, 2007
To stop? Then get off, walk away, don’t look back. It takes determination and a calculating purposefulness to bring something to an end once it has gained an important role in your life. We become addicted to the experience.
If you can spend a month without saying the word “Blenko” then there is a good chance you are free.
Collecting Blenko like 'running' can be addictive. We think these are POSITIVE ADDICTIONS. Dr. Security Coluym states not all addictions are negative. A number of addictions are not only positive but enhance life.
Blenko can certainly be counted among the positive addictions - your knowledge of WV history, WV glass, and your confidence grow with the collection. Happy Collecting! hjh
During my last visit to BLENKO I noticed six or seven different post cards and paper items for sale at minimal cost - when you are at Blenko, pick up a post card or paper product. Include these in your gift package with the Blenko glass or keep for yourself, or start a Blenko paper product collection with your child or grandchild.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Beri Fox, president and chief executive officer of Marble King, said the segment is scheduled to air at 9 pm on March 6.
Ratzenburger met every employee during his visit in October, and he spent considerable time talking with Archie Spencer, a blind worker, Fox said. Ratzenburger filmed Spencer cutting folding and sealing bags filled with marbles. Ratzenburger told Fox he seldom encounters people with disabilities at the manufacturing work sites he visits.
Fox said Spencer is one of her best employees.
Marble King is one of only two marble manufacturers left in the United States.
Isn't it sad to read only two marble manufacturers left in the US? The same thing is happening to the entire GLass Industry - - very few factories left.
We are fortunate in WV to have several glass plants still working.
In March the West Virginia Cultural Center will be hosting a BLENKO GLASS exhibit. Mark your calenders for March 8th. A special item will be produced by BLENKO for this event - it will be a limited - number and signed each piece.
The last time this happen at the Cultural Center was in the 80s. The 'special item' sold for $50
the current resell value of this item is between $300-450. The value of these 'special items' increases with time. I don't know if you can pre order - I'll ask and let you know.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Mary writes that she had several of these bottles, purchased by her Mom in the 50's. Chance would have it that she was lecturing at Marshall University in Huntington a few years ago - and saw a brochure about a HUNTINGTON MUSEUM OF ART display. She made arrangements to go, met Winslow Anderson, learned more about her 'bottles' and became a collector of all things ' Winslow Anderson'.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
I should apologize for being tardy in . getting photos of these very inexpensive $15 hearts. A gift any child or adult .will cherish. The glass hearts have messages : 'puppy love', I love you, Best Friends, Forever, more than a dozen 'statements'. You'll want more than one.
Blenko also has the LARGEST COLLECTION OF RUBY GLASS on display and for sale - the largest I've seen in a long time. Producing Ruby Glass than any other color. Blenko's 'Ruby' is very special. We noticed a couple Ruby Water Bottles for sale ($25) a steal - and a hard to find item. hjh
Wade is one of the younger Blenko employees - he's under 35. He has an active life outside of Blenko. He is active in Auto Racing, actually passionate about Auto - Racing Rodney is also active in involving the youth in his sport. He will take the time to speak with the community about Racing and Automobiles. Rodney loves sharing photos of his cars, and talking about his passion for racing.
Many dedicated people make up Blenko. Rodney Wade is an essential part of Blenko.
The Touch Of Glass company employees describe Wade as one of the most hard working, honest young men they have ever known.
Hard working, and honesty are common traits amongst the Blenko Staff. hjh
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Also knowing the difference between the Frogs and the Princes, just how does a girl judge potential?
Blenko Glass makes Valentine's Day and all gift giving simple. .with lots of items like a team Logo Water Bottle, glass figurines, or a special drinking glass in his favorite color, each designed to make you look like the 'perfect' gift giver.
Blenko, like the 'frogs' in ones life, is available in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Whose to know you spent little time or money on the V-Day gift giving? hjh
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Consider a day or over night trip to a WV Glass Factory.
Friday, February 09, 2007
was once known for manufacturing Glass. The Teays - Valley area had
many glass plants., one sole plants remains open, BLENKO GLASS .
If you haven't taken your family for the Blenko Glass Tour - plan to do this soon. Your children need to experience the making of glass - to see the beautiful hot liquid, smell the concrete, salt, sand and grit, to see the workers perform magic with the molten liquid.
Its something most people don't forget.
Yet for some reason we neglect to THINK before we BUY . . .was this glass item made in the USA? Was it made in WV? In grade school I had a friend who wore only clothing with the union label, I remember thinking he was excentric, Now I KNOW he was decades ahead of me in thinking. HJH
* Bella and Sons Glass, ca 1923, Scott Depot
* Bischoff Sons, 1922- 1935, Huntington
* Bischoff Sons and Co., A.F> Bischoff Glass, 1935-1960's,
**Blenko Glass, 1921- Present, Milton
* Bonita Glass, 1925-1950's, Huntington
* Ench Glass, ca. 1940's - 50's
* Gill Glass, ca. 1949-57, Huntington
* Hammond Glass, 1932-1990's, Scott Depot
* Kemple Glass
* Midway Glass Corp., ca. 1923-25, Culloden
* Midway Glass Corp. ca. 1923-25 Culloden
* Moncer Glass, ca. 1940-50's.
* Pilgram Glass, 1950-2001
* Rainbow Art Glass, 1954-70s Huntington
* Reed Glass, ca. 1940s
* Sinclair Glass, 1929-30 Huntington 30-60's Ceredo
* Scandia GLass, 1946-83, Kenova
* Sloan Glass 1907 Ca. 1944 huntington
* Spring Valey Glass, 1942 ca. 1948, Huntington
* Tri State Glass 1940- 56 Huntington
Note: This information was obtained from 'Shorty Finley, Charlie Chapman and WVMAG.
It's less than a week until the Big V- Day. If you can't get to the Visitors Center to select your glass for this holiday, and your current Florist doesn't have or won't get BLENKO GLASS for your arrangement. Perhaps Milton Florist can help.
Wish I could say 'tell them Hillary sent you and they'll give you 10% off - I can't, but I can say " their goal is to make you happy, the flowers are the freshest, the delivery quick".
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Blenko is known for their "Ruby" glass, the red is so vivid, the color is captivating.
This V-Day give your wife, child, husband, secretary a gift of BLENKO GLASS.
The Visitors Center - has a large selection of Red Glass and some crystal hearts. The price is surprisingly low for a handcrafted gift.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
Blenko made NO FROGS until Don Shepperd in 1970s.
This conflicts with my post about Blenko Frogs - It also is in direct conflict with an article in the
Vol.2No.1 WV Glass Museum Publication page 8. Article by David Schepps with photos of the BLENKO FROGS from the 30's.
I am not a member of the BCS - and unlike some, I do not proclaim to be an expert on glass. I do attempt to document facts before I post. My research indicated Blenko did make frogs in the 30s. I honestly do not know for certain if Blenko did or didn't make Frogs in the 30s.
I do know that the craftsmen at Blenko often made small animals w/o a mold as gifts for their friends. These men had remarkable talent.
I 'm passionate abut WV Glass, my only goal is to share that passion and perhaps encourage you to purchase Blenko Glass.
Note: Thank you for reading. I take full responsibility for all errors in any post. Spot a mistake - let me know, and we'll correct it immediately.
Hank M. Adams was the Blenko designer who did all the Faces/ Heads that I collect. He is the only living Blenko Designer I haven't interviewed in person. Adams work after Blenko has won many awards. Adams teaches at the Wheaton Museum and continues to produce one of a kind glass sculptures. Admas is young and handsome - so after I meet him he may become my favorite designer.
Winslow Anderson was the first Blenko Glass designer - he went on to design for Lennox, retired and moved back to Milton. Many of Winslows' designs are still 'in the line' - being made today. All Anderson's designs are 'classic'. Winslow is now over 80 and one of the most 'witty', charming men - - I often find myself thinking of how handsome he must have been. Winlslow is probably my 'favorite' BLENKO designer. I am drawn to classic pieces, I like simple form. Winslow's drawing and designs will never 'go out of fashion'.
When I was in grade school, each year I would go to Blenko for the crystal hearts, my teachers always seem to enjoy the gift of glass - the cost then was $6 now its $15 but still about the same price as a box of mid range chocolates. Red Glass, or a crystal heart, these items say: " I thought about the gift, I made an effort to buy quality and handcrafted." NOTE: RED GLASS and crystal hearts are available at the BLENKO VISITORS CENTER IN MILTON, W.Va.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Talk about your Great Valentine's Day Gifts - the Blenko Water Bottle (a classic) and this lovely necklace , the combination is sure to win the heart of any fair maiden. (Guys this is an excellent idea for those of you giving 'bling' -impress her with your creativity, present the 'bling' on BLENKO!).
*THIS IS A "JEWELRY JOHN BELL" THIS ONE IS THE LOVE BELL. HAND-CRAFTED ONE AT A TIME. ALL STERLING SILVER WITH 24 INCH SNAKE CHAIN. 69.00 INC.CHAIN -THEY MAKE 40-50 DIFFERENT BELLS.
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