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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 15, 2008

Blenko The People - David Lloyd

The Blenko Glass http://www.blenkoglass.com/ websie describes David Lloyd as a 7 year employee of the Antique Glass division. David has been at Blenko now for more than 8 years. Always quietly without fanfare or much comment, contributing, to the well run Antique Glass division.

David Lloyd is a father, husband, leader in his community, active with the youth of his community. He is an outdoors man, very typical of BLENKO GLASS employees. Most are outdoors men - they hunt, fish, play sports and are active in the community.

David is a quiet, thoughtful, very intelligent hard working man. My own parents often speak of how 'helpful' David is to collectors and average folk who have opportunity to visit the 'Antique Glass' shop at Blenko.

The men and women who make BLENKO GLASS may be your neighbors, Blenko is made up of people I'd welcome as neighbors. David Lloyd lives on a farm near Blenko - his life is focused on rearing excellent children, providing for their education and making certain they are well balanced, inspiring each to learn about nature and to love and protect the environment.

David Lloyd is our BLENKO Glass featured person. If you know David or have ran into him at Blenko and want to share a story - please comment below. hjh




17 comments:

bridgett said...

Hillary
Do more of Blenko people, everyone will enjoy learning about the many workers, face to the product.
Are they signing the works now?

bridgett said...

I have 2 lamps
when do you want the photos?

Anonymous said...

Your auto post is not working.
Friday was up on Thursday and now 2 for Saturday.
FYI

Anonymous said...

Comment
U are harping about buy made in us
aren't you fearful of offending the obviously foreign people (judging from screen names) who read?
Why is buying made in US important?
Why not buy best quality regardless?
International world and community in 2008 is it not?

Anonymous said...

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, While loving someone deeply gives you courage.
- Lao-tzu

True also for
loving something outside yourself
You H. do this, your courage and strength inspire me.

Anonymous said...

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, While loving someone deeply gives you courage.
- Lao-tzu

True also for
loving something outside yourself
You H. do this, your courage and strength inspire me.

Anonymous said...

Hillary, I thought i would pas on some blenko humor that i herd groing up around Blenko workers. Did you know the reason they put rings on the hiball glasses was so that Mr. Blenkos drink wouldent fall out of his hand till he pased out. They did not let harry make the mermades any more because the fell over forward when he made them to heavy in the wright places. The gergle bottle realy got it name when Harry took the sample to Mr Blenko and Wayne they were looking at it next to the window trying to figure what to call it when Harry turned and tiped up a bottle and gurgled down a mouthfull of whisky. Hearing the noise they said hay lets call it a Gergle Bottle. I know your websight is red in Wi, A man put a fish on ebay that looked like Rainbow and said it was a Harry Thompson peace.. Larry T.

Hillary J Homburg said...

Bridgett
I will ask Christy at Blenko if she's OK with giving me short Bios on people- I agree- this information makes Blenko more appealing, as people get to know the faces behind the scene.
hjh
Anonymous
I defend my position on BUY MADE IN USA AND BUY MADE IN WVa - often I get 'hate' email about this position but we need to keep small factories and family owned business alive - we do this by purchasing LOCAL!
My friends, asian, mexican, french, britsh all understand this and also know first hand how great the US can be.
ps - why not adopt a name for yourself when commenting -

Anonymous said...

COUNT ME IN THE GROUP WHO ENJOYS LEARNING ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF BLENKO.
WHAT HAPPEN TO RICK?
WHAT IS GOING ON AT BLENKO?
MOUNTAIN RITA

Anonymous said...

Yes Bridgett,she says:, please send your photos of Blenko lamps, and other items to
theblenkoproject@aol.com " about once a week.
P J

Phani said...

Anonymous,

I agree with Hillary about being able to support Blenko, as inturn she was saying support local, which improves regional economy. Also, blenko is known for its quality and one of the best american glass. Having said that, its not cheap glass anymore and instead of buying something foreign which would drive revenue elsewhere, you would improve the economy locally.

As a foreigner, I always was intrigued on foreign stuff back in my country, and realised the value of the stuff in home country being here now. Local is important and I would support it always.

I recently developed this habit of supporting local and I started doing that in decatur, as much as I can. local help, local stuff anything which I could find locally, like even farmer's markets for produce if I can find it.

Anyways, point is - improve locally and the brand grows internationally.

Anonymous said...

Well said Pheni.
P J

Anonymous said...

I met David Lloyd at the Glass Festival last summer. Very nice, knowledgeable, helpful. I found that the color I wanted didn't exist but was a piece of another color of glass sitting on some colored paper. The background totally changed the glass color. David then explained what materials are used to make different colors. Fasinating.
Car Girl

Hillary J Homburg said...

Phani
Thank you for your comment. I hope to never offend by my sometimes bias comments. I have 2 shawls from India the quality could never be matched locally - the fabric is fine merrino (sp) wool the hand workmanship (weaving)is superior. While I wear them frequently I am very careful and value them. Quality handmade items from fine craftsmen are important in my life.
Every country has unique fine craftsmen.
Buying 'local' is always best. Thank you for the reminder!
hjh

andreerods said...

Hilary
Being attracted to the best is never offensive.
Being honest, truthful, devoted, is never offensive.
You worry too too much.

andreerods said...

Hilary
Being attracted to the best is never offensive.
Being honest, truthful, devoted, is never offensive.
You worry too too much.

Phani said...

Hillary,

You have not offended anyone and I just trying to prove that you are doing a right thing by supporting local.