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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.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Harry Thompson's Glass (2)

These items were made by or for Harry Thompson during his time in the glass making business. Harry Thompson began his work at BLENKO GLASS leaving only because he wanted a better life for his family and INDIANA GLASS offered more money for a craftsman with his skill.









































































































Mr. Larry Thompson provided this brief description of the glass photos: IF you have questions or need for information about an item, write theblenkoproject@aol.com and we'll provide larger copy and ask Mr. Thompson for the info you desire. I know you will relish seeing this wonderful collection, the items are all uniquely beautiful - - - made even more special by learning about Mr. Thompson. Now I will begin my quest to own a HARRY THOMPSON piee of Blenko to add to my Shorty Finley, Les Womack, Dave Osburn, Randy Rider, Powers shelf. THANK YOU TO THE THOMPSON FAMILY for sharing.
The plates were made in 1939 by the blenko people for mom and dad's wedding. they were used for thanksgiving dinner til we all graduated highschool, yes i graduated. The pinch glasses, creamer and cruet were aded to the table later.
Most of the air twist dad had given to family and i gathered it up.
The tangerine mugs were given to my oldest brother for his wedding.
Dad made several paperweights back in the controld buble days out of marine cristal with ruby and colbolt inside. The two in the picktures were made in the early 60's th show someone what would hold up under the heat of moltin glass.
The bell vase with colbalt foot is no.58 i am presuming that the ruby jug withe upside down handles is a end of day peace.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

These photos are so beautiful,
this man was so talented.
Hillary how do you find out about
these men?
How many are there?
This one belongs in an art book.
He left Blenko? WHy?
Margie Hale

Anonymous said...

vintage lace tablecloth
this is a talented family.
Margie Hale

bridgett said...

add those ruby plates
to the how much
I must have list.
Please Mr. Thompson sell these
to me.

sweetdoc said...

Tell me about the chocolate
set. I collect chocolate sets.

annu said...

WOW WOW WOW
I need to learn more about this
glass and this man
please please
someone tell me
everything
this can't all be Blenko?
why aren't they doing this lovely
work now?
the twisted stem " are too die for"