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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, November 29, 2008

Blenko Lamps

HEART OF GLASS theblenkoproject@aol.com wants photos of your lamps for a December blog post about BLENKO LAMPS.
The lamps in this photo are from THE PURPLE MOON in Charleston, West Virginia.
www.purplemoon.com .
Blenko Glass has many lamps currently for sale in the Visitors Center. Blenko Lamps last a life time - they are functional, beautiful and a conversation starter always.
Why not buy a new Blenko Glass Lamp this week. Lamps make the ideal gift, only at Blenko will you find designer lamps at reasonable prices.
Vintage lamps sell for between 150 and 350. At Blenko you can buy a 'new' lamp for a high of $175 (many much less).
NOTE: THE HEART OF GLASS Blog is in need of PHOTOS OF Lamps, Figurines, Vintage Unusual Glass from Blenko or glass made in West Virginia. Mail your photos to theblenkoproject@aol.com .
Also when at Blenko Glass remember Larry the Antique Dealer from Texas' advice LOOK UNDER THE COUNTERS for those special treasurers.

7 comments:

sweetdoc said...

Hilary
The sale was well received, Mr. Blenko looked very happy.
We bought too much and will return next week to buy Holiday gifts.
Suggestions?

sweetdoc said...

Lamps what do you suggest we buy and do they make finels(sp)?

Anonymous said...

Hilly
I paid $500 for my signed
floor lamp made in the 70s by Blenko.
Sol

Phani said...

I wonder why its called purple as I see no purple in the picture unless I am color-blind. So, I guess blenko makes just the glass part and who assembles the remaining top cover (buld holder) etc?? Are there local shops who buy blenko and assemble this stuff??

I heard from my colleagues in paducah about the history of the famous italian car makers: Ferrari, Mazzeratti and Lambhorghini. These companies are very local when they started, more like family businesses. All the companies are within visiting distance from each other and they grew enormously now. When I mean family business, lets say a part of the family makes bearings and their cousins family makes drive-shafts and etc..and other family assembles them together and as they are not mass-produced (even now), they are very very famous for their Quality, reliability and brand (world class) and everything is hand-made instead of robotics (these days) they started being LOCAL and grew internationally. Now each of the cars cost more than 150grand. We can think of some major brands in history like RolceRoyce or some swiss watchmakers etc, they were a great success there and grew out internationally.

SUPPORT LOCAL IF YOU CAN.

sweetdoc said...

Purple Moon was delightful.
Thank you for suggesting. I will return.
Otherwise the Art Walk had no blenko I did buy some pottery.

westvirginiajanis said...

Sweet Doc

I enjoyed the Purple Moon too. Seeing all the stunning glassware made me want to upgrade my collection. The nice thing about the Purple Moon is that there is something for everybody. From jewelry to furniture to art to Christmas cards. Even a friend or spouse who doesn't collect BLENKO will find something to look at.

Next door is an UPSCALE clothing consignment store. Around the corner is the Paris Cafe/Restaurant, Taylor Books (a must visit for downtown Charleston). And of course, not too far is Capitol Market selling beautiful Christmas trees this time of year. And the blue and gold dome of the Capitol building hovers on the horizon. And many performances to enjoy can be found at the Clay Center.

Yes, if you are visiting West Virginia, going downtown Charleston is a MUST.

Sweet doc, the art gallery attached to Taylor books has lots of new BLENKO. They have the water bottles lined, looking like a rainbow up in the ceiling. Taylor Books brews a great cup of coffee and is second only to the nearby public library for a bathroom break.

WV Janis

Anonymous said...

The bathroom at Taylor's is very clean Dr Saville and his bride Ms Ann have a real first class place.
Bathroom is in the back, I try to keep the poster of glasslady from being covered every other week or when I go to book signings.
Sol