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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Blenko Glass family mourns death of its first designer, Winslow Anderson

The Blenko Glass family is mourning the loss of renowned glass designer, Winslow Anderson.Anderson passed away Monday. He was 90.
Anderson was the first in-house designer at an American glass company when he was hired at Blenko Glass in Milton in 1946.
He stayed at Blenko until 1953 when he left to become design director at Lenox China and Crystal where he worked with glass and china.
Anderson, who designed hundreds of unique objects while at Blenko, lived in Milton after he retired from Lenox in 1980.
Anderson, who set the bar high for the long list of Blenko’s influential designers such as Wayne Husted, Hank Adams, Don Shepherd, John Nickerson and Joel Myers, was a popular fixture at the Blenko Collectors Society Conventions.
He was honored in August 1999 with a solo show, “Winslow Anderson: Artist and Designer” at the Huntington Museum of Art and that also traveled to the West Virginia Cultural Center.
An avid traveler who spent his summers on a sailboat off of Long Island in his younger days, Anderson also traveled extensively to the island of Haiti.
Traveling there once or twice a year since 1948, Anderson gathered an extensive and renowned collection of that country’s art.
The Winslow Anderson Collection of Haitian Art," featuring many of the pioneering artists such as Gabriel Alix, Montas Antoine, Alberoi and Castera Bazile, Hector Hyppolite, was exhibited at the Huntington Museum of Art in 2004.
Read more about Anderson and his life's work in Thursday's Herald-Dispatch.

transcribed from Herald Dispatch Article By DAVE LAVENDER 12/12/07

On Sunday December 16, 2007 there will be a dinner celebrating the life of Winslow Anderson at the American Legion hall in Milton, WV. between 5 and 7 PM. Friends are invited to come help celebrate this wonderful life.

Donations can be made in his honor to the Huntington Museum of Art

2033 McCoy RoadHuntington, WV. 25701

Online condolences can be left at Heck Funeral Home


Anonymous said...

Hi Hillary,
I found this bit of info on his online obituary. I know animal lovers such as yourself would want to know this as well.

"Donations in his memory can be made to either the Huntington Museum of Art or the Putnam County Animal Shelter. "

Here is the full obit:


Hillary J Homburg said...

Thanks Tim
I knew he enjoyed cats.
My last conversation with him was in summer, he was forever saying how grateful he was for his friendship with Lake and Louise Polan and Mr. Blenko and Delorse.
He also spoke of his mother a lot that day.
Winslow even at 90 was a remarkable man. I feel blessed just to have met him.

Anonymous said...

are you a member of the blenko glass family?
I wannabe also.

Ram said...

He certainly has left behind his impression through his art works and he will continue to exist and remembered being part of Blenko famiy too