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, July 17, 2008

Focus on... 968

Focus on... 968
Blenko Chianti style pitcher
decanter Blenko design #968 in
Amethyst by Winslow
Anderson. This piece is an
exciting and modern design by
Anderson. It was so unusual
that a guide book described
the piece as an experimental
design. An interesting feature
of pitcher/decanter is the
elongated spout. It is an
elegant design that was well
suited for its original purpose,
but can actually be viewed as
a work of art.

*From Texas Blenko Collectors Newsletter


Dr.BOB said...

Thank you Texas.

bridgett said...

Great website - blog they do.
Thank you for the link.

sweetdoc said...

Very nice.

westvirginiajanis said...

The narrow-necked Blenko vessels are stunning; however, someone needs to invent a device to clean down in them! Bayliss has designed one for the 2008 collection that is very attratctive-- long, skinny, and inspired by guitar frets!

West Virginia Janis

Hillary J Homburg said...

I use a old baby bottle brush
found at flea market- any other comments - what do you guys use?

Anonymous said...

i just wash & rinse
and set up to dry
Margie Hale

nick said...

sounds like a lot of work
having this glass collection.

Anonymous said...

If you want us to buy
new 'stuff'
show photos of new stuff.

westvirginiajanis said...

Margie: Long, skinny necked vases are the main glass I collect. Sometimes I purchase them in pristine condition; other times, the vases get "rescued" from a swap meet or yard sale and have rust spots or have build up from hard water, etc. I'm sure I can find some kind of bottle brush but my tallest vase is probably over 3' tall. I have one that must be only about 1" in diameter.

What kind of glass do you collect?

I'm hoping next time I get to the Blenko Visitor Center they will have some tall skinny vases! The taller and the skinnier, the BETTER!

WV Janis