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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Eddie Powers is the son of Lewis 'RED' Powers who for years was the Antique Glass Manager at Blenko. Eddie's grandfather lost his life in an accident while working at BLENKO. The Power's family, like many Milton families have a long history with BLENKO GLASS. Eddie's Mother was an artist, who became friends with every Blenko designer. In the last years of her life she ran Ms. Phyliss Sports Bar in Hurricane. Her Blenko Glass Collection can be seen at http://www.blenkoproject.org/. . The Powers' family trait of art and love of glass is well known in the Milton - Hurricane area.
Eddie Powers is a quiet muscular Blonde man, with an almost shy smile,often times he has a red scarf on his head - he doesn't say a lot - at least not to me. Watching him work is very interesting - he seems to at times communicating non verbally to the other members of his team. He effortlessly creates flawless pieces. He is fast, precise, little wasted motion.

Mr. Red Powers said his favorite items of Blenko were ones that Eddie made. Red described Eddie as the best blower and finisher he'd ever known. 'He can do it all, he is amazing" his father said. Eddie Powers would never say these things, he would call himself a 'fair to good'
ever modest....Eddie Powers. He is delightful to watch!

When you visit Blenko Glass - look for Mr. Powers at work - his station is near the back - so you must look for the long blonde hair and the scarf.

Visits to Blenko Glass are always welcome, and each visit is different - I suggest you go often, and watch a different person or team each time. They're all different, some are very talented and a bit shy, but as you watch them you'll see the talent and dedication to work. Its visiable. Some are natural showmen. Especially the men like Rider, Powers, the guys who've done this for more than twenty years - they love glass - they know the job and they enjoy allowing you to view the glass from start to finish product. Blenko Glass is made in West Virginia this makes it special, its made by your neighbors, its made in the USA. When you need a GIFT or if you are buying replacement tableware for your home THINK BLENKO ! You and Your family deserve the BEST!


Anonymous said...

Great article I like reading about
people from the glass company.
Polly Sloane

Anonymous said...

Day three of no Solomon
are you missing me?

Hillary J Homburg said...

Your resolve is most impressive!
Let's try for 14 days.

Hillary J Homburg said...

Mrs. Sloane
The Powers family is one many multi generational Blenko stories - although in every West Virginia community with a glass factory there are similar stories. Its my desire to record as many as possible.
I am delighted you like reading about these families.

Anonymous said...

Eddie is a nice boy. We watched him grow up. His Mother loved him more than life.
Your tribute to pyliss Powers
on blenko project is wonderful.
We all miss her daily.
I often cry when I view the pixs.
Thank you for being so thoughtful.
Kathy R.
Red House