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, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year 2008

These BLENKO items are currently on display at the HUNTINGTON
Museum of ART
along with rooms of WV and American Glass. If you haven't been, GO!
If you are familiar with HMOA - consider volunteering, telling others about how wonderful the Museum is, and encouraging everyone to visit and donate to the Arts!.

On this the beginning of a new year - I am repeating the 1st post from this blog.
I get emails frequently asking if I sell Blenko, if I work for Blenko Glass Co., and if I do appraisals. I did a disclaimer in the initial post. I am NOT a Blenko employee, I am not an expert in any field. I have a great appreciation for handcrafted and made in WVa. most especially made by BLENKO GLASS Co. items.
9/2006 BLOG-
This blog will focus on the Blenko Glass Company located in Milton, West Virginia. Twice weekly I'll post on Blenko and WV Glass topics, once a month the post will feature an employee or designer from the present or past. Biweekly I'll post photos of individual Blenko made items, and items that are currently available from Blenko. We will offer some background information on the piece and perhaps the steps/ process used to make the item. I am NOT a fine arts major, a glass expert or an English/Journalism major. I don't have all the glass answers. I am inquisitive, don't mind asking people for answers - I believe in lifelong learning.
This blog will I hope be a place where we can learn together.If you have been to the Blenko Factory, or are a retired or former glass worker or just have photos of unusual Blenko and / or Blenko stories to share - this is the place - I'd love to see/hear them. For over three years, I have spent all my free time traveling to meet former Blenko and other glass workers and designers. I want to learn more about Blenko and W. VA. made glass. . . and I want YOU to THINK before buy glass...who made the glass. The number of glass factories in the US has declined by almost 72% in the last 15 years.Together we can stop this trend. Be an advocate for MADE IN WV.Blenko Glass Factory is located in Milton, W.Va., less than 20 minutes from Huntington, W. Va.posted Hillary J Homburg .
Ps. Thank you for reading and for your suggestions, and comments.


lewisdvdphd said...

U amaze me with these photos
and the words are also inspiring.
In 2008 take a break, slow down, enjoy life more. U work 2 much.
It appears.

lewisdvdphd said...

One request for 2008
a new photo without red flower.
Perhaps a blue or white flower.

Hillary J Homburg said...

Lets both hope 2008 brings, more enjoyment and happiness to both you and I.
Re: Photo
If I did a new photo someone might recognize me. With this
photo 'no one' ever knows its me.
So NO I won't do a new photo.

Blueheron said...