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, November 16, 2008

Osburn Modern Glass is owned by Dave Osburn and located about 1 1/2 miles from Blenko Glass. Dave worked at Blenko for about 30 years before going out on his own.
Larry Thompson ( Son of Harry Thompson - who was one of Blenko Glass' very finest craftsmen) sent these photos of his visit to OSBURN MODERN GLASS.
Milton is located off I -64, the town is a step back in time - sweet, charming, gentle, the shops on Main Street are filled with vintage glass , also Perry Square now has a group of shopkeepers who were formerly at the Milton Flea Market. Visit Milton - HOME OF BLENKO GLASS! osburnmodernglass2008@yahoo.com is the email address.
Phtos are from Larry and Bev Thompson of Indiana.


Anonymous said...

take off the rose tinted glasses
regarding milton you are so o o o naive.

westvirginiajanis said...


I agree with Mama llama and anonymous #2. You should let go of your anger. Sure, Hillary has rose tinted glasses. Many of us do. However, what's the alternative? Be resentful and bitter your whole life? Resentment, bitterness, and not being happy for others is deadly to one's immune system.

Historically, West Virginia has a negative image to the rest of the nation. Outsiders see us as poster people for the movie Deliverance, ignorant rednecks. Many of the West Virginians on this blog have been to graduate school and have advanced degrees. Other readers, who may not have much formal schooling, have tremendous common sense and wisdom and have acquired knowledge in ways that are as valuable as sitting and a classroom.

What do we have to gain by plastering the internet with comments about problems, disappointments, and weaknesses? Sure, BLENKO and Milton aren't perfect. Few small towns are (not even Mayberry). If collecting hand-blown glass from West Virginia makes people happy, so be it. For those who aren't interested, there is plenty of Made in China glass available at Pier 1 Imports, much of it looks similar to BLENKO.

Perhaps you should borrow some rose colored glasses, at least for a day! I learned to let go of anger and resentment and am a better person for it!

WV Janis

westvirginiajanis said...

I love the way this Osbourne vase looks like alabaster/marble.

WV Janis

bridgett said...

I stopped. He is charming and funny and talented.
The glass was similar to the 50s glass and too busy with color for me. I like one color
I am boring.
The designs were excellent, I recommend you visit if you have not.

Anonymous said...

website address?

melissa said...

The new Osburn glass website is
www.osburnglass.com however you must use the toolbar, not yahoo or google, as this website is new and hasn't been listed with those two search engines yet. The toolbar is usually found at the top of the screen. The pictures are updated frequently.