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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, February 20, 2008

Readers Blenko - WVJanis

WVJanis's Valentines Display:



Some Blenko, some Viking, some L.E. Smith, some Morgantown, a studio glass piece, and some non-descript clear glass. Hand blown glass is to be used. When you use your glass, you really appreciate its special characteristics. For example, the red in the roses really highlights the red in the Tangerine.

note: Readers, WVJanis needs a stopper for the Blenko tangerine in the center of the page. Can you help? contact theblenkoproject@aol.com

We want to see your Blenko on the Blog! Send in photos of your collection to theblenkoproject@aol.com! Inspire new collectors!

12 comments:

roundhead2 said...

Very nice WVJanis. It is very nice to see how people display thier glass. hope to see more pictures. Good idea.

ravi said...

The display is really beautiful!! Wondering how it would look without white shrubs (I dont know what they are called) along with roses.

Ram said...

so beautiful perfect for post card ..
Ram

Anonymous said...

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN A PHOTOGRAPHER
IF YOU ARE NOT ONE.
GREAT COMPOSITION!
WVU GUY 07
wannabe photographer

westvirginiajanis said...

Ravi:

In response to Ravi's comment about how the glass would look without the shrubs, I offer the following perspective.

When we put our glass to use, we learn so much about it. The true aesthetic qualities emerge when glass is in use. For example, I have some clear stemware with colored stems. When wine is poured in the glass, the colored stem anchors the glass. Beautiful!

A piece of glass full of flowers or non-clear liquid stops they eye. An empty piece allows the eye to move beyond the glass itself. So, Ravi, I guess one should look at glass in use as well as empty. Too often, we leave glassware to languish on shelves.

Ditto roundhead2, I too would like to see more pictures of Blenko glass (in use or dormant).

WVU GUY 07 re: photography. BLENKO + LIGHT = recipe for great photography. You can do it!

WV Janis

Ravi said...

Janis,
I think you have mistaken my comment..I was actually admiring the beautiful arrangement and I completely agree with your view..unknowingly or knowingly I try to incorporate the complete contrasting elements in my pictures too.... My reference was to the white shrubs(only) not about the roses ( I guess I need to improve on writing skills)

Anonymous said...

WV JANIS
I would think someone at Blenko would make a stopper for you, have you ask them? We had a stopper made 2 years ago cost $15 for a small one but made my wife happy.
Ravi, my man I also was thinking the photo was picture card beautiful. Are you too a photographer?
Roundhead2, how do you display your glass?
Ram, like me you have been a stranger, I must admit I have been reading but not commenting.
Great ideal Hilly to have readers send photos, I shall ask my own Mom to send photos. Perhaps I shall send photos of the new blenko in my office - is new blenko OK?
Sol

Anonymous said...

DOES THE TALL PIECE ON THE EXTREME LEFT NORMALLY HAVE A STOPPER? I HAVE A GREEN ONE AND IT DOESN'T HAVE A STOPPER EITHER. THANKS, RON HUNTINGTON.

Anonymous said...

DOES THE TALL PIECE ON THE EXTREME LEFT NORMALLY HAVE A STOPPER? I HAVE A GREEN ONE AND IT DOESN'T HAVE A STOPPER EITHER. THANKS, RON HUNTINGTON.

westvirginiajanis said...

Ron: My tangerine piece on the left is ground/roughed up on the inside, tell-tale sign of a stopper! Perhaps the vase/decanter was made both ways. I don't know. Great idea to get someone at the factory to make one!

Sol: I am not "Hilly" but think that new BLENKO is great to share in photos. After all, new BLENKO helps the factory thrive. BLENKO on the secondary market (antique or thrifting) does not help the factory (directly).

WV Janis

Anonymous said...

Thank you WV JANIS for responding.
I will get photos and send.
Look forward to seeing more of your photos also, Ram do you and Ravi and Roundhead2 and Ron have cameras. Lets share photos guys.
Sol

Ram said...

Hi Sol,
I do have camera but I dont have the Blenkos to capture its beauty but I am very much looking forward to your's Blenko pictures..
excited to see them
Ram