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.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Message from BCS - President Karin Alonzo
Recently Richard Blenko's responsibility at Blenko had been in a marketing position. He often told how the traveling had long ago lost its allure. Richard is a dear friend and has been quite open about his limited responsibilities at Blenko. It is very unfortunate that the company no longer felt he was part of their future, but I have no fear, Richard will be okay.
As for pieces signed by Richard and his father William and his grandfather Bill. Unless it is a rare or beautiful vintage piece signing has a nominal effect for collectors and on value. I should mention there are many pieces "etched" with Richards signature, these have virtually no effect on value or collectibility.
As to who will sign that depends, perhaps William, Walter or Don could sign, but I should add a piece signed by the designer is more desirable to collectors than that of a company executive.
As for William, Walter or Don's age, I don't think that's relevant to how Blenko is run. Blenko's greatness had always been that the youthful trends came from the various designers and employees. I am sure there are several Blenko shareholders ready to step up if it became necessary. Remember Blenko family has been running their company for over 100 years.
Katie Trippe is not a Blenko, but there numerous employees who work at the factory who not Blenko family members. At the recent Festival of Glass Katie was a very integral part of the events success.