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.
Monday, April 07, 2008
West Virginia Birthday - Blenko 1981
1981 Blenko Glass - West Virginia Birthday.
This photo is of the West Virginia Birthday Piece 1981. This item was designed by Don Sheperd, who was the Blenko Glass designer. It is shaped somewhat like a ginger jar - the vase has "mountains" in the bottom to represent the WV Mountains.
This piece is very difficult to find - actually, most of the early 80-90 are difficult to find. All Blenko - Birthday Pieces (are less than #200 each in number of produced) keep the photo, and during your weekend travels or trips out of town, be looking for these early pieces. We've heard of people paying up to $1,800 and as little as $200 for West Virginia Birthday - Blenko.
It's a great collection - If you haven't started collection Birthday - Blenko. The 2008 will be sold is June at Blenko Glass Visitors Center. I'll post a photo of this beautiful item sometime in late May. As always the 2008 will be limited number and the lines are long plan to arrive several hours before the Blenko Visitors Center opens.
RE: West Virginia Birthday - Blenko
One piece is made for each year of statehood starting in 1980. The pieces are an extremely limited production of how many years West Virginia has been a state. Example- 1980 only 117 pieces were produced. All are signed and numbered. West Virginia was the 35th state of the union and was incorporated June 20, 1863.