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, April 30, 2007
Next Sunday: Part 3: Nothing To Smile About: Across the state children are missing school, eating poorly and not sleeping well because of untreated tooth decay. Next Monday:
Part 4: The Fight For Fluoride: Dentist and health official recommend fluoride in the battle to improve dental health. About one in four West Virginians rely on well water, which normally isn't fluoridated.
How the Gazette did the series: Eric Eyre spent six months researching oral health in West Virginia as part of a Kaiser Media Fellowship in Health.
Eyre visited dental clinics throughout the state and interviewed dentists, hygienist, dental school students, state health officials, nonprofit group leaders, and patients with oral health problems.
Much of the dental data was culled from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Eric Eyre is an award winning author and reporter.
I promise to return tomorrow to writing about BLENKO GLASS, if I can remove the obsessive compulsive thoughts about why relegate our health care decisions to third party payment and decision makers. Why we don't accept responsibility for our own health care and decision making, why we don't educate our children about proper nutrition and dental care and make certain both are provided. OK I'm off the Soap box.
Send your BLENKO photos and questions! hjh
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Eric Eyre Is A Charleston Gazette - Daily Mail Reporter. He is a highly honored award winning author and reporter. Whatever Eric Eyre tackles he does with intensity and he tackle the issue without any preconceive notions.
Mr. Eyre is now writing about STATE OF DECAY: West Virginia's Oral Health Crisis Today's article was the first in a four part series.
You must read this! Not because I am a dental student, but because you Live in WEST VIRGINIA and you need to be informed and become aware of the difficulties facing those less fortunate. Eyre doesn't offer solutions, he sites brutal statistics: (1) 42.9% of West Virginia's age 65 and older have all ALL their natural teeth - the highest percentage in the US (2) 50% of all West Virginians age 75 and older suffer from complete tooth loss - the highest in the nation (3) l4% of all West Virginians age 65 and older have dental insurance - one of the lowest rates in the nation (4) 33% of West Virginia's poorest residents went to the dentist last year - the lowest rate in the nation (5) West Virginia has the LOWEST percentage of adults over 55 that saw a dentist last year.hjh
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
To register for classes call Brad Boston at 529 2701 ext 21.
A membership to the Huntington Museum of Art would make the PERFECT Mother's Day Gift - - - This with a bouquet of Flowers in a BLENKO VASE...ahh...
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Jerrod took this photo at the WEST VIRGINIA CULTURAL CENTER
BLENKO - West Virginia's Gift is currently on display - if you haven't been, plan to go. The W.Va. Cultural and History Commission Staff worked very hard to make this an awesome display and the exhibit will not disappoint any one with a desire to learn about or see a display of exceptional BLENKO . hjh
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
'very special' items are usually available for purchase. Membership fees are nominal and include a great glossy newsletter.
The other photos Jerrod provided are also of the Convention - sales booths and a display of the various 'blenko colors' with labels and samples provided by Blenko expert Dream Wood of the Montgomery, WVa.
If you have photos of Blenko, or visit Blenko and take photos of something 'beautiful' pass them along to us- I won't promise they'll show up properly- but I promise the beauty of BLENKO always shines through. hjh
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
available. SHOP NOW FOR THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS!.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Damon Crain the Blenko Museum Curator writes, ' though you will still be able to get there from our old .com address, their new address is the more appropriate www.BlenkoMuseum.orgAs the first organization dedicated to Blenko and the first one to have offered a website dedicated to Blenko history, The Blenko Museum is pleased to re-present to you what is now the most comprehensive website on vintage Blenko glass on the World Wide Web.
Over a year in the works the website now cleanly and succinctly provides all the essential information on vintage Blenko in one location.
It is our intention to be as useful as a scholarly book with the advantage of being free and easily accessible.New features include:- a source of all vintage Blenko catalogs from 1948 onwards as well as many earlier ones- a comprehensive identification guide including the most easy to use guide on identifying colors- dozens of never-before published photographs including images of all museum Blenko exhibition installations in the US.The launch coincides with the publication of an important new article on vintage Blenko glass, published in the spring issue of the National American Glass Club's quarterly magazine. Titled "Blenko, Heir Apparent to the American Art Glass Legacy" the full text is available on the "Resources" page along with all other major Blenko articles of the last 5 years. '
My Blenko Project advisor considers the Blenko Museum website, an excellent source of information, professionally designed and a must for all collectors of Blenko. Even if you don't collect it's a site you'll want to visit.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wish it could have been ME!
Blenko GLASS in MILTON has several NEW COLORS in the long running WATER BOTTLE
series. If you are a water bottle collector, or thinking of starting a collection - - - water bottles are inexpensive, easy to showcase, practical, useful, just a great way to start collecting BLENKO.
The Visitors Center currently has over a dozen colors in stock. The prices vary from $15 - $35. hjh
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Blenko hasn't made the WATER BOTTLE in ROSE for quiet some time, Water bottles are a great item to collect. If you don't have the ROSE water bottle, it seems that Dixie's in Texas (WWW.THEBLENKOSTORE.COM) does have ONE. It is a part of a l,300 piece BLENKO VINTAGE BLENKO COLLECTION that DIXIE's is currently selling. Check it out.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
If you are looking for Easter Basket gifts or if like my family your mind is on the NEW BASKETBALL COACH . . .well BLENKO has WVU and Marshall logo items.
Blenko . . .Made in West Virginia. hjh
Friday, April 06, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Four days remain for "Easter Basket Shopping" . . . .and BLENKO GLASS (304 743 9081) is having a clearance and Easter Glass Sale.