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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.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Blenko Glass in theNew Erickson Alumni Center


These six-foot-diameter stained glass windows of the flying WV logo for the bell tower windows at the new WVU Alumni Center in Morgantown were created by Law's Stained Glass Studio, out of Statesville, N.C. using BLENKO GLASS.

More on the New Erickson Alumni Center

* New center will be located on two acres near Ruby Memorial Hospital, less than 400 yards from Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium and provides a view of the WVU Coliseum
* Approximately 48,000 square feet
* Cost: approximately $12 million
* Building is being funded through grants, gifts and private contributions
* The architecture of the building is reminiscent of Woodburn Hall and features a landmark bell tower (with carillon), terrace, meeting facilities, and outdoor fireplace
* IKM Architects of Pittsburgh designed the new facility
* March-Westin is the contractor for the project
* Groundbreaking held June 1, 2007
* Anticipated completion date is late-fall 2008
* Charles F. Erickson, son of the late Charles O. Erickson, serves as honorary chair of the building campaign. Glenn Adrian serves as chair of the building campaign. To date, more than $10 million has been raised for this project.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Somebody with a good camera take a photo of these and send it to the blog for Hilly.
Sol

annu said...

The West Vurginia University School should be providing a photo of this.
It would be free publicity for the center and the school.
Did you ask them?
Someone with connection reading should phone.

westvirginiajanis said...

Hillary:

I hope a lot of blogs publish this photo. This is a great example of how important BLENKO glass is to industry. Thank you for keeping me informed.

This summer, I went all over WVU trying to see the BLENKO birthday pieces that you donated. The current alumni center staff had no idea what I was talking about. You mentioned that they were at the WV President's home. I went twice and the place looked boarded up, certainly not open to the public. I'm hoping the birthday pieces will be in the new WV alum center for all to see. Keep us posted on the progress.

WV Janis

westvirginiajanis said...

Somebody needs to update Wikipedia's entry for BLENKO (for me, ALL CAPS = COMPANY; Blenko, Upper and Lower Case = The Family Members). Richard is no longer with the company. Plus, Widipedia could use some pictures on the side. Also, while there is a link to Hillary's Blog, her name and efforts should be mentioned in the actual text!!!

WV Janis

Phani said...

All you need is an SLR camera or dslr with variable ISO and focal settings. If you do, then set the ISO to 400 and decrease the shutter speed to say, 1/10thsec, and keep steady hands, you should be able to get a good picture without a flash. If its bright or dark, you would have change shutter-speed a little bit to get appropriate brightness of the picture.

westvirginiajanis said...

Sol: I like the night shot. Probably makes the BLENKO glass shine even more!

WV Janis

Anonymous said...

That is beautiful! Love stain glass. When I was a little girl I wanted my windows to be stained glass like the church windows. Roxie

Anonymous said...

These are very good ideas. My computer skills are limited, but surely someone reading this blog, has good to excellent skills and can manipulate wki and include our Hillary and her project. Also including the Collectors Society if it isn't mentioned would be appropriate.
Margie Hale

Anonymous said...

WHO CARES?

westvirginiajanis said...

Dear "WHO CARES?"

Obviously you do, because you read this blog as diligently, if not more, than the rest of us. We will continue to post our wonderful musings for you to TROLL!

Remember the trolls from the 1960's? wild hair of just about any color you could think of? All sizes! Happy trolling! We will continue to provide the fodder.

WV Janis

sweetdoc said...

Nice Photo!!!!!!