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, June 03, 2008

Quality over Time = Blenko Glass

"Over time, quality work will lead to an audience for your work. "Nicholas Sparks
This speaks to BLENKO GLASS's commitment to quality for almost 100 years.

The sands of time were eroded by the river of constant change! Many glass manufacturers have closed their doors in the 100 years Blenko has been producing handcrafted antique and table ware. At Blenko they believe in 'quality'
this belief in providing high quality remains in tack and visible in each production line. One of the best places to learn about BLENKO GLASS is the Blenko Museum Website, http://www.blenkomuseum.org/the website states: The Blenko Museum's mission is to organize and facilitate the public exhibition of Blenko glass and to advance scholarly interest by preserving and promoting the history of the Blenko Glass Company. Which is a great adjunct to the goal of BlENKO PROJECT , which wants to preserve the history of BLENKO,raise awareness of WV Glass making history, and focus on the individual factory glass craftsmen. The Blenko Museum has been most helpful to our work on BLENKO PROJECT during these four years. Bill Pratt and Damon Crane (New York and Seattle) have collected, shown, and educated the public about BLENKO for many years.

Free-blown glass is made entirely by hand using blowpipes, molds - usually of hand-carved wood - and shaping tools. The work is performed by skilled workers, each performing a specialized task. The process is not mechanized but takes place in a factory (production) setting as opposed to a studio. Blenko continues to use this method of production.

Damon Crane states: "BLENKO GLASS whose work perfectly embodies the qualities of free-blown glass with an enormous range of the highest caliber of original and unusual designs. Known for hiring designers who later became leading names in the Studio Glass movement, Blenko was a great innovator and is deeply relevant to the history of glass and American culture. "Note: D Crane prefers the vintage Blenko.

1 comment:

Dr.BOB said...

What is this called?
How much does it cost?
Where can I obtain one?
What is the color?
Temptation is thy name Dr Homburg.