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.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
I'm vacationing in North Carolina will return late Monday night.
Thank you for supporting BLENKO!
If you haven't bought the BLENKO GLASS Items with TEAM LOGO
make that call today!
Many 'new' teams have been added - except for Sol and Lewis' Ohio State University I believe they have most of 'our' teams covered.
Someone wrote yesterday to say Case Western wasn't included. I'm thinking get someone from your School to phone BLENKO and make it happen!
BLENKO GLASS and FOOTBALL what a great combination! hjh
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
* cargirl is one of 'us' heart of glassers
Note: From Heart of Glass. You can arrange a Stain Glass Class by phoning BLENKO GLASS. Mr. Lemley is available to teach, my parents took the class - I'll take photos of their creations. My Mom admits she had 'not one creative bone' yet the final product was beautiful. Mr. Lemley is an excellent instructor. Get a group of friends together and take a class. hjh
Monday, August 25, 2008
Margie Thanks for the PHOTOS - They are Beautiful!
Note: Another reason to JOIN the BLENKO COLLECTORS SOCIETY is for information - with a bit of time - you'll know which Winslow Anderson horn is correctly shaped, and when you see Rialto (the milky white with ruby accent) you'll know if the color is correct or faded. Consider joining NOW! Blenko Collectors Society - where everyone is very friendly and WE want you to KNOW all about BLENKO and your glass. hjh
NOTE: If you join the BLENKO COLLECTORS SOCIETY you will also have the opportunity to 'try' blowing glass. Trust me the BLENKO GUYS make it look easy - it is NOT - even with the help of Masters Les Womack, Randy Rider and Bays I struggled. My 'glass' wasn't ready when I left BLENKO - my Mom is picking it up on Tuesday I'll post a photo! hjh
* age -The Blenko Project and Heart of Glass Blog always recommend AGING your own glass, you purchase new glass from BLENKO that you find attractive and enjoy the beauty as it perhaps increases in value and becomes' Vintage Glass'.
Do you have PHOTOS or a Story from the Festival of GLASS? Send to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll share with readers of Heart of Glass.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Festival of Glass - Garden Tour - these photos are of the Garden Tour - Blenko Glass is everywhere - the lights are made of BLENKO GLASS (solar panel to illuminate), architectural brick around the garden beds, Blenko figurines and Blenko bowls are used as Bird feeders and Bird baths. The BLENKO in this yard ranges in age from 27 years to being bought last week. Its OK to leave Blenko outdoors (breakage occurs but not often). I didn't have time to interview Brett or Don ( Stain Glass / Architectural Glass) but will send emails and ask them to let us know when new things are available.
DO YOU HAVE BLENKO PHOTOS - if you do please share with the Heart of Glass Blog email@example.com .
Friday, August 22, 2008
Friday and Saturday www.blenkoglass.com for schedule.
One thing NOT listed is the Garden Tour at 506 Swarthmore Avenue in Charleston. Its my understanding there were over 40 people last evening who saw the garden, koi, and glass. 26 were from Lincolin Putnam and Cabell Counties, one Ohio resident. Margie Hale, and Susan from the blog both older
ladies came with friends. We appreciate this.
The garden tour is OPEN TONIGHT FROM 6-8 (ok to come early) last evening they said the last people left a bit after 9pm. Its a self guided tour BUT it gets dark around 8:30. Plan to go early.
Tomorrow you'll want to get up early - really early - to get in LINE for the purchase of THE CELEBRATION VASE! Designed by Bayless Design Team.
This Saturday, I hope to set up some interviews with the Bayless Team so look forward to learning more about this Design Team.
Note: NO PHOTOS Blogger isn't co operating - couldn't get a post to upload for 2 days.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
For me it will always be the RUBY waterbottle with handle that I seek!
The nicest thing about the many stories and photos I received is almost everyone spoke of "pleasure'.
Lucille Parsley of Mingo County sent this photo of a star fish - it started her collecting BLENKO. She said the starfish reminds her of the beach and warm weather on the coldest West Virginia winter days.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote: 'One ought every day at least to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture (for most WV and Blenko Glass Collectors seeing a fine piece of glass could be substituted).
If you haven't made plans to attend the GLASS FESTIVAL check out the BLENKO GLASS Website http://www.blenkoglass.com/.
Fenton Glass sent a note about a sale they are having labor day weekend - check out their website. Fiesta is having a tent sale this weekend in Flatwoods. GREAT SHOPPING ALL WEEKEND!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
At each little nook and turn there are surprises - glass turtles, Cats, a large red frog, smaller frogs, snakes, owls, all made of Blenko glass and tucked into the lush garden.
After the self guided tour you'll be inspired to start gardening, looking for colorful glass, a great water fountain or a master gardener class. The garden is guaranteed to inspire. Flowers and fruits and vegetables are everywhere as is glass, there is NO GRASS in this yard only BLENKO GLASS and FLOWERS and Fruit and Veggies.
506 Swarthmore Ave.
Charleston, W. Va
Self Guided Tour
Thursday Aug 21 - 7-8pm
Friday Aug 22 6-8pm
Applications for membership in KOI Club and BLENKO COLLECTOR CLUB available during self guided tour
NOTE: I'll post photos when BLOGGER allows!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
check out http://www.blenkoglass.com/ for details
One of your bloggers asked for some better examples of the classes we are offering. I am attaching some rough pics of the Dalle panel, the glass mobile and the carved suncatchers pics are the grouping of rondels and the close-up of the hummingbird sandblast. Keep in mind these are just examples. I'm not real sure what stencils you can choose for the suncatcher, but if I were going to be in town I would be in on that class and the mobile class myself. The mobile will be a miniature version of what Charlie Harshbarger makes that we sell in the VC. The casting class will give you a choice of choosing from one of our animal miniatures and a team of workers will assist in the pouring of that piece. I don't have a picture of that. Christy.