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.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The theme throughout is love, symbolised by the colour red and played out through state-of-the art effects and high-end imagery. During the show, audiences will be treated to live performances of the phenomenal back catalogue of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, including hits such as Rocket Man and Candle in the Wind.
Beach balls were dropped into the audiance, confetti flew, and a few lucky VIP even got to get up on stage and boogie around the piano! We had to settle for dancing in our seats, but we had a fantastic time!
The Red Piano is a visual extravaganza, a collage of all the outrageous and beautiful images Elton has been responsible for in his career. Bette Midler will be takeing over Caesar's Colloseum stage at the begining of April, but Elton will be back again for a short stint in June, so book your tickets now!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
This canyon is a gift that transcends what we experience. Its beauty and size humbles us. Its timelessness provokes a comparison to our short existence. In its vast spaces we may find solace from our hectic lives.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The 'Hard Hat Tour' which is a hands on underground tour, has been closed since 9/11 but will start again in July - returning for this tour is a new goal for me.
Hoover Dam facts and my photos of the Damn are below....your comments are welcome.
Hoover Dam, also known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada. When completed in 1935, it was both the world's largest electric power producing facility and the world's largest concrete structure. It was surpassed in both respects by the Grand Coulee Dam in 1945. It is currently the world's 34th largest hydroelectric generating station.
The dam, located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, is named after Herbert Hoover, who played an instrumental role in its construction, first as Secretary of Commerce and then later as President of the United States. Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935, more than two years ahead of schedule. The dam and the power plant are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.
Monday, March 24, 2008
My family has a routine - we visit FRANKLIN ART GLASS located in German Village, KATZINGER’S DELI also in German Village and BOOK LOFT. We walk around German Village admiring the Glass and the Gardens then on to the Art Galleries on the Short North then eat at TASTE OF THAI or Indian Resturant in Kenny Mall, we also shopp the Eddie Baurer Outlet Store before leaving Columbus.
Columbus Ohio is a short drive from Huntington and Charleston also has great theater and makes for a great weekend roadtrip. I haven’t been but I understand the SEARS AND PENNYS OUTLETS are located in Columbus.
The Blenko Glass website lists four locations in Columbus that sell BLENKO GLASS.
This Morning I ask the Manager of the COLUMBUS AIRPORT about BLENKO GLASS he proudly pointed out 2 pieces of "BLENKO GLASS" in his space - I took the above photos - we’ll have to wait for Tim Alonzo or Tammie Kosla my Blenko experts to comfirm they are BLENKO, but you will agree it is beautiful glass.
When you read this, we are in VEGAS searching for BLENKO, Rest, Relaxation and
perhaps some great shopping.
Note: Written Saturday March 22
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I'll let you decide if we chose this hotel with the Chihuly Glass in the foyer and
the Blenko Glass in the gift shop and Cirque du Soleil.
Photos etc to appear after Saturday.
Cirque Du Soleil Store
Suspend the disbelief of “O” by Cirque du Soleil®
Well both are unique, exciting, and . . . . . well I'll finish this post at the end of my mini vacation to Vegas.
One goal is to find ' Blenko' in Vegas. If you know of a collection, or a shop that sells Blenko in Vegas. Share this information with the Blog...after all I want to check out Bett's shop, and have some free time.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
As a dental student who is very much interested in Rural Dental Health - I found the series to be very interesting and reprinted parts with Eric's permission for the BLOG.
The Eyre's are my neighbors. Eric Eyre , his wife (a very active educator), and son moved into our neighborhood (Edgewood - Charleston) when I was beginning high school. The Eyre's bought 'The Reber House' a wonderful vintage brick home custom built for Jessie Reber's family - in a time when custom built meant something.
Now like most everyone on our street they spend all their free time taking care of the vintage house and the yard that came with. If you didn't read the post on Oral Health Crisis - check the older post for this blog.
It is a great honor for the state when any writer wins a National Award. Eric Eyre keeps winning awards, since I've been in college - it seems several times a year my Mom is sending clippings about Eric's journalism awards. An article in the Gazette says he has won 20 national awards.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
BLENKO GLASS. BLenko has a complete array of GREEN GLASS. Every shade
of GREEN (well a couple three shades of GREEN) are now available at the Visitors Center.
Glasses, bowls, plates, containers, vessels for flowers. All the decorating GREEN GLASS
you will need for an awesome party. When you buy BLENKO you are buying quality items that will last a life time.
The shamrock outside my door, heavy glass was made in the 80s . . .the green salad bowl set
I'll use was made just last year. Blenko is handmade glass - its heavy, and its made to last. Quality sometimes cost a bit more.
Buy Made in the USA whenever possible and MADE IN WEST VIRGINIA when its available. Support local craftsmen. hjh
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Ms. Connolly had this to say about the Blenko Connection and her books:
I've been fascinated by glassblowing for years, which is one reason I jumped at the chance to write the Glassblowing Mystery Series for Berkley Prime Crime. I live near two long-established glass centers, Pairpoint Glass and the Sandwich Glass Museum, so of course I I've spent a lot of time at those, as well as visiting a lot of the smaller studios on Cape Cod. I even took a class recently, from one of them.
I first learned about Blenko Glass when I took a stained glass class in Berkeley, many years ago. When I was passing through West Virginia after my nephew's wedding in Kentucky, I made a point of detouring to Milton and touring the visitor's center. It's always wonderful to watch glassblowers at work, and Blenko's glass colors are so rich and vivid.
Sheila Connolly, writing as Sarah Atwell, is the author of Through a Glass, Deadly (Berkley Prime Crime, March 2008). The sequel, Pane of Death, will be released in November 2009. For more information please see her website, www.sarahatwellwriter.com
THROUGH A GLASS, DEADLY
Berkley Prime Crime
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Sunday, March 09, 2008
This proposal passed without a negative vote or debate. Great Idea! Blenko Glass Company has been located in Milton for close to a century .
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
For many of my friends from High School the choice of Business and / or Business Management as their career path, was based on the dream of one day being a CEO. Perhaps it was the TV we watched : the CEO's flew in private jets, ate out a lot, and seemed to have a life of leisure. The one CEO I know - works very hard. . his personal motto seem to be - " what is not started today will not be finished tomorrow." Richard Blenko is always on the go and always promoting West Virginia, West Virginia Glass Industry and his own BLENKO GLASS
Being the CEO of BLENKO GLASS (Milton, WV) http://www.blenkoglass.co/. seems like a dream job. After seeing the schedule you may think NOT!
I'm going to share with his schedule for March, which he described as a 'slow' month.
Someone said ' To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan but also believe.' Richard Blenko is an example of one individual working well with others to make a dream continue.
march 2 arrive Des Moines Iowa
march 3 IPT television 4:30-6pm reception/broadcast 6:30pm
march 4 Las Vegas
march 6 Vegas PBS 6pm reception/broadcast 7:30pm
march 7 Fresno
march 8th reception 5:30/broadcast 7pm
march 10 orlando
march 11 broadcast 8-10pm
march 12 Grapevine arrive 10:10 am
march 13 Witchita Falls, texas Kemp Center event
march 16 san francisco lv 10:50 am dfw
march 17-21 sales calls / meetings w/ reps
march 22 Charleston return
march 27 Grapevine
march 28 Ft Worth American Diabetes Assoc; Ft Worth Club
march 30 Charleston return
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
A gala evening is planned for A Trail of Glass, March 13th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Kemp Center for the Arts. The Blenko Glass show and sale will be in the Great Hall along with two exhibits, Blenko Stained glass panels and Blenko Silk Screens portraits. The NorthLight will feature an exciting collection of Blenko Glass from a major Blenko collector in Vashti Texas. Bruce Specht and his wife Debbie have amassed a stunning collection of over 800 glass studio works and will be sharing numerous pieces from their collection in the NorthLight Gallery from March 13 through April 19, 2008.
The Blenko Glass exhibit, show and sale at the Kemp Center for the Arts last June was one of the highlights at the Kemp. Richard Blenko, President of Blenko Glass of West Virginia, was so pleased with the reception he received in Wichita Falls, he asked to come back. This year he is also bringing a Stained Glass Exhibit and a Blenko Silk Screen Portrait collection from the Blenko Glass Museum, which will be exhibited in the Great Hall. The stained Glass exhibit was most recently seen at the West Virginia Art Museum.
Blenko Glass Company is shipping 120 Blenko glass works to the Kemp which will go on display in Local Color, The Kemp Gift Shop beginning February 26th. The Kemp will pay the tax on any glass purchased before the Gala ,March 13th . Richard Blenko will be available on the 13th to sign any glass purchased. Additionally he is bringing a glass vase
which will be given away at the end of the evening. There is no charge for the Trail of Glass Gala and no charge for the drawing, but you must be present to win!
For more information about the Trail of Glass please call the Kemp Center for the Arts at 940-767—2787 or go on line at www.kempcenter.org. The Blenko Glass will be on sale at the Kemp beginning February 26. The Trail of Glass gala is open to members of the Kemp and guests.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Richard Blenko - CEO at Blenko Glass wrote the following about Hinton " Jarfly" Richmond.
Wayne Husted - Designer and Glass Artist living/working in California - Former Blenko designer who worked with "jarfly" remembers