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.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Blenko Ashtrays

Ashtrays have always been a part of Blenko’s
production from the 1930s thru today.
Blenko's ashtrays have been unique. One of
Winslow Anderson’s ashtray designs won the
Good Design award in 1950. Believe it not
there are hard-to-find Blenko ashtrays. The trilobe
bowl #5831 is one and the 5722 is another
hard to find design. Blenko’s ashtray designs
always have a bit of panache!

Thanks to Tim and Karen Alonzo


Ram said...

Hi Hillary,

They are beautiful decorative pieces too. does Blenko do corporate marketing ? just curious to know since seeing these beautiful pieces reminds corporate world I know they are decor for home too :)


Anonymous said...

This comment is for Tim and Karin
We enjoy your photos, your home must be very colorful and lovely did you once live in West Virginia?
Margie H.

andreendo said...

Blenko, Blenko, Blenko.
Did you know Winslow Anderson
and Wayne Husted also were Alfred
We have many photos of their work here. Many very distinguished grads.
Both did many honorable award winning designs not involving Blenko, Blenko, Blenko Ms. Hillary.

Dr.BOB said...

That triangle ashtray 3 leaf ashtray could be used to
encourage me to increase grade percentile? No wait that is not

Dr.BOB said...

Where does one find these ashtrays?

Hillary J Homburg said...

Blenko doesn't do coporate marketing - often coporation use blenko as gifts
and it is often engraved for awards. Please feel free to promote Blenko within your corporation.

Alfred is Wonderful
Winslow is Wonderful
Wayne is Wonderful
and by virtue of the above
andre is ______ obviously wonderful!
and going to be extremely successful!
Ever think of submitting a design to Blenko?

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous,

We live in a large open loft in Dallas, TX. On one side there are 12 windows, each window is filled with shelves of Blenko glass. A poor man's cathedral, I suppose. As for your second question no we've never lived in WV, but we try to visit as often as we can.

To Dr. Bob,
One may find the "tricolor lobe" bowl on eBay once in a Blue Moon for a couple of hundred dollars, or if lucky like us, find one at a flea market for $25. It was only made in 1958. The amethyst 5722 comes around even fewer times it too was only made for one year-1957. It is rare and much more likely to get broken. I managed to have 3 at one time through sheer luck, but I have since sold one to a fellow collector here in Texas.

I'm so glad you all enjoyed the articles I wrote for the Texas Blenko Collectors newsletter.


jedijawa said...

What a shame to use such a nice thing as an ashtray ... but I don't get smoking anyway.

Hillary J Homburg said...

Master - pardon me for interfering
but one buys the ashtrays not to use..but for display.
So buy the ashtray
because you find beauty in the object.