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, July 16, 2008

Blenko Ebony

Blenko made ebony in 99 and 2000 then 2004 until 2007.

Tammy Kosla of Illinois provided the following photos and info about Ebony Blenko. This is

in response to WVA JANIS' question: What items were made in Ebony.

Page from the 1999 Blenko catalog showing the first Blenko items made in ebony
(click for a full sized image)
This is the Blenko 8432M in ebony sitting on top of an ebony 9316.


Anonymous said...

Oh my god. The man in top hat is
Margie Hale

Anonymous said...

Wasn't 'black' glass popular in the 50s?
Seems I recall my gmom having many pieces of black glass from different factorys.
It does have an eloquent appearance, why did Blenko discontinue? Do you know the answer to this Hillary?

Anonymous said...

Do you recommend we buy Ebony?
Do you recommend we buy Patriot Line?
What are your recommendatons?

bridgett said...

Don't sing of yesterday - Yesterday is gone .....
Tomorrow Isn't written - Make today your song!!
These are words from a song, but if
Blenko is to be successful don't we as collectors need to focus on today and what they are currently producing?
Just a question?
NO a comment also, for thought.

Hillary J Homburg said...

I'm gonna be very honest with you. I do not recommend as a policy.
However, IF I had your money, I'd a)join Collectors Groups b) phone Damon Crain ask him to look for what I want or probably he would have everything you would want in 1st quality condition c) I would buy only from the best, buy only the best d)I would stop writing 'silly comments' on this blog e) if I were interested in new glass, I would do as you are and buy from the factory and local dealers f) I would continue to buy Blenko (new) for gifts and to keep g)I'd read and look at photos from the Blenko Museum to see what great Blenko looks like, h) check out other collectors sites (blenko four, blenko collectors see list on www.blenkoproject.org references. i) attend the conference get to know Tim and Karin Alonzo - I got the only 2 water bottles I own from them. j) Be nice to people.
Good Luck

Anonymous said...

You have a heart of glass
or ice.

Debbie d said...

Hey Hillary, How could I get in touch with Damon?

Debbie said...

Hey Hillary, How can I get in touch with Damon?

Hillary J Homburg said...

go to contact link
and leave message w/ phone number or items you want.

westvirginiajanis said...

I agree with Bridgett. To keep Blenko solvent, we need to collect what they are currently producing. Going to events where the designers and the Blenkos sign is a way to add value to your 21st century glass.

Last time i was at the visitor's center, I purchased two of the glass fish that are multicolored. No two of those funky fish are exactly alike. They really add color to a house.

Regarding Ebony: I remember when Morgantown glass made it. I noticed that their cold-worked rims were especially prone to chipping and so I didn't buy any.

I have a friend who decorates her house with glassware for the holidays. For Halloween, she brings out her orange and black glass and it is stunning. Perhaps Blenko should consider offering seasonal specials.

Someone asked about water bottles, currently, on blenkoglass.com, water bottles are offered in 10 colors. Of course other colors have been made. I have one in chartreuse. Hillary has one in Ebony.

WV Janis

Anonymous said...

The new WVA. piece is black and orange

Anonymous said...

The new WV Birthday piece is tangerine and cobalt, not black and orange.

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Anonymous said...

In a message dated 7/21/2008 8:23:39 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, noreply-comment@blogger.com writes:
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Blenko Ebony":

i like this black glass very much.Fish type of glass is very nice ,i like that glass.where did i get this type of glass?
catherine smith

Anonymous said...

I am sorry, but I must agree with orange and black for this years West Virginia Birthday piece.....or at least mine is.

Anonymous said...

Do you want to sell the tophat
and man?

Hillary J Homburg said...

Birthday Piece is not Ebony.
Trust me on this.