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Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Readers Shares her Blenko Orange & Green

All Right! I should be on the road but just had to upload these photos! The orange one is for CAR GIRL! How can you not love this orange glass? I like it because the color was popular in the 1960's and 70's when shape was very organic; well, just plain groovy. From top left clockwise: Viking bowl, end of day pulled (some say stretched) Morgantown piece, round Blenko vase, Viking candy dish.
Two pieces of Williamsburg Resoratation Glass back in the day when it was made by BLENKO. Pottery piece made by a young child in WV to add some texture and interest (but not color) to the Blenko glass. The bust is saying, "Oh, Mother. How lovely. May I have some Blenko Glass?"

Note and photos from WVJanis.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

The ceramic is very nice
is the artist local?
I collect local (WV Ky Ohio) ceramic arts.
Margie Hale

Ram said...

so beautiful.. thankyou WVJanis for sharing the beautiful note and pictures. that is so imaginative to pair Blenko glass with Bust great combination I really like the concept ...

Beauty, eye catching things creates everlasting impression like beautiful colorful Blenko glass and beautiful Hillary.. Hillary you have got many beautiful names now .. car girl, glass lady, heart of glass smiling :)

car girl has a heart of glass :)

Ram

Hillary J Homburg said...

Ram,
Cargirl is a reader from Michigan I think.
Glasslady is from South Carolina.
However, Sol and Lewis do call me glasslady all the time- & perhaps I am a bit obsessed with glass.
hjh

bridgett said...

Agree with Ram you do like the cars.
WVa Jan your photos are professional in quality, always enjoy. Thank you.
My boss has many orange tangerine Husted from 60s that are 36 to 40 inches tall. He also collects red floor vases.
Collections say alot about the collector don't they. I crave peace and like blues, my boss loves drama and collects red/orange/yellow. I prefer small well made items or unique one of a kind. He wants one of every color for each design.
Perhaps a good topic for future BCS would be session with shrink to talk about collections and what they represent.

Anonymous said...

Hilly
Did U know Blenko now has
other schools University of South Florida Marshall University University of Pittsburgh Clemson University
University of Kentucky University of North Carolina University of Tennessee West Virginia University
University of the Pacific Air Force
Not OSU but other schools.
Work on OSU. Please.
Sol

Hillary J Homburg said...

Solomon,
Yes. I knew but I thought I'd wait for the BLENKO Marketing Person to let us know about this.
Now that we know Blenko has someone whose job is to market product. So as we get info from her about new product I'll post it, otherwise IF you buy it and take a photo - we'll publish.
Great idea to have waterbottles and other items with College Logos.
hjh

Hillary J Homburg said...

Fiesta makes an awesome orange.
Check out:
http://www.homerlaughlin.com
I've heard they may be having a tent sale the weekend of aug 22-
if so combining the 2 Blenko and Fiesta would make a great weekend trip.
HJH

Christy ---- Blenko glass said...

The new collegiate products is our first step in branching out from the success of Marshall and WVU.  We are starting slow.  With popular schools in mostly this region with the exception of Air Force and Pacific.  Ohio State does not license through the CLC, but independently and we applied over a year ago, but were turned down.  Our problem with Ohio is the color red.  We cannot get a good, consistent red and cannot incur the expense of batch after batch.  If you have any other school suggestions that might fit into our current color scheme, please let us know.  We are compiling info so we know which way to branch out from these schools.  All of our new collegiate products can be ordered online.  These make great gifts for those people that are hard to buy for.

saltonannu said...

Orange is a color of power. I like to surround my self with Blenko Red Orange Yellow and Blue Glass with sun shining thru during prayer.
In my group we hold this shade ( red to orange in
high regard.
Tibetan monks are one of the first things one thinks of when it comes to the presence of color in religion. Their saffron robes make for a bright contrast to the solemnity of their practice. Buddha was said to have worn a monk’s robe made of patches of donated cloth, so the monks wear these robes in honor of his memory, and also to draw contrast between themselves and the physical world in their quest to attain enlightenment.

Another familiar image is of the Gelukpa monks, who are of the same sect as the Dalai Lama. These monks often wear yellow, pointed hats that draw to mind the image of a plumed helmet. Chinese and Korean monks wear brown or blue robes instead of the more commonly recognized orange that Tibet favors, and Japanese monks wear black or grey robes, leaving strong color out altogether. As you watch the Olympic Games Pray For Tibet!

saltonannu said...

Orange is a color of power. I like to surround my self with Blenko Red Orange Yellow and Blue Glass with sun shining thru during prayer.
In my group we hold this shade ( red to orange in
high regard.
Tibetan monks are one of the first things one thinks of when it comes to the presence of color in religion. Their saffron robes make for a bright contrast to the solemnity of their practice. Buddha was said to have worn a monk’s robe made of patches of donated cloth, so the monks wear these robes in honor of his memory, and also to draw contrast between themselves and the physical world in their quest to attain enlightenment.

Another familiar image is of the Gelukpa monks, who are of the same sect as the Dalai Lama. These monks often wear yellow, pointed hats that draw to mind the image of a plumed helmet. Chinese and Korean monks wear brown or blue robes instead of the more commonly recognized orange that Tibet favors, and Japanese monks wear black or grey robes, leaving strong color out altogether. As you watch the Olympic Games Pray For Tibet!

Anonymous said...

Christy
I've phoned (2007) per hjh's instructions about blenko doing the waterbottles for my OSU Vet Class reunion and didn't get a return call.
It would have been red, so perhaps this was problem.
Is there a better number than the one Hilly post on the blog? 743 9081? OSU turned you down? I will check into this today.
Sol

Hillary J Homburg said...

Solomon,
You never mentioned this to me. The fact that the order didn't happen.
HJH

lewisdvmphd said...

Blenko colors all colors are nice, I am a new recruit. Expect to be there on the 23rd and give blood.
You're coming aren't you Hilly.

Christy @ Blenko said...

I'm not sure what happened with that. Sorry no one returned your call. Even if we couldn't do the red, you should have been notified. I apologize for the non-communication.

Anonymous said...

West Virginia Janis, great photos and very nice pieces of orange glass. My "colors" are blues, purples, and other greens, usually. I do have some orange-ish, topaz, yellow and red items, even some crystal. Too much orange and olive are more than I care to remember of much of the '60's and 70's! I do mix my Blenko with my other vintage glass and china in displays. My camera is not working, maybe later I will have some photos. (vintage 35 mm)
Ram, if my heart is glass, it is red or mysterious purple.
Car Girl

Phani said...

I like shades of Blue and Gray.

sweetdoc said...

I also like blue and grey.