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.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Vintage Blenko

It seems pretty clear that the vintage Blenko market has developed significantly lately with collectors more than any time before willing and able to pay for what is now known to be the very best and rarest of Blenko's 1950's & 1960's production. Probably the most visible evidence of this is on a website that most Blenko collectors have in their "favorites", http://www.vmglasshouse.com/ . Personally I have never before seen so many rare and amazing pieces gathered in one place and for sale. For example, look at these things that many of us will either never see again or have an opportunity to own:


Hillary J Homburg said...

Tim Alonzo
has glass on his Collecting BLENKO BLOG from the Texas Collectors for sale. These are great prices - I hope he doesn't mind I'm doing this
I forgot to ask before I'm posting this - sometimes lack of sleep causes one to act without thinking oops.
but check it out...and if he is angry..then blame ME.
Hillary Homburg
for some reason BLOGGER won't acknowledge me today!

Dr.BOB said...

I am saving these links for next weekend.
Looking forward to having 'my socks knocked off'

Anonymous said...

My ex-wife's Dad was is a Retired Blenko Glass Blower, as a matter of fact his picture was even on the little visitors brochures(spelling?) they used to have in the showroom. Anyhow they (her Parents) gave us a truckload of Vintage Blenko Glass. We had it all, the crackled pitchure w/matching glasses, all of the famous Blenko Paperweights you could imagine, unusual stuff like stuff they would make and maybe not put into production or whatever. We had one-of-a-kind huge Vases and just things like Glass art (or whatever ), I mean you name it we had it but its all ''In the Wind'' now, and has been for years. And also, strangely One of my best friends growing-up's Dad worked there and retired as well and he had almost a basement full of the stuff too. You wouldnt believe some of the Blenko stuff I have had, Like I said one-of-a-kind stuff too. We were allowed also to get in the pile of stuff they disguarded every day, like huge things like an ashtray I think I still have and a bunch of other works of Art that just had a little Bubble in it or some flaw that you couldnt even see hardly unless you really looked. We were allowed to just get the stuff and take it home and use it. But like many other things that we used to have that are now actually worth something are all gone. Aint Life Grand. LOL.

Hillary J Homburg said...

Well, I'd be tracking down that Blenko....

Anonymous said...

Me again. One item I seem to remember well was a very tall vase with a glass(of course) flower at the top of it, I mean it was probably 3 feet tall and the flower was real big and each petal was different. It seems to me that the petals were probably 6 or 7 inches long themself's and it had real bright colors. And we also had a Glass Cane of an affair too, As I remember it was blue with white spots all through it almost like the back of a Fawn Deer, and it was made in a twisted-style like a piece of Licorice. Like I said a lot of the stuff we had was one of a kind. I sure remember that big vase w/the flower at the top of it, I can just about see it now.

Anonymous said...

get a name or call yourself
something. So we can talk back and forth.
We must be the same age. We also had a lot of WV and American Glass in the garage growing up.
Margie Hale

nick said...