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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.

Monday, December 08, 2008

PURPLE MOON mentioned as Competiton for NY Glasshouse

If you follow this blog - or collect BLENKO GLASS you know of Damon Crain , the Blenko Museum and VM GLASSHOUSE. Damon 'knows glass', he writes frequently about Blenko for major publications , Damon's collections, his photos are the best! We 'borrow' photos from Damon Crain often, he is generous with information, he is a teacher, he wants you to know about quality so you'll want the very best. Most often he has 'just that item'. In the last four years, Damon and I have spoken about everything from nutrition to the environment. I always find myself wishing Damon lived near.
Damon's VM Glasshouse publishes an often controversial newsletter, my belief is Damon likes inspiring people to discuss issues and product.
In this latest issue he list his competition. OUR PURPLE MOON is listed! Modern Guy Chuck and his bride own Purple Moon, this shop should be on your list of places to visit. If you haven't. Capitol Street in downtown Charleston, WV or on the web. Below w/o Damon permission but I know he won't mind is a small section of the article - you'll want to go to his website and read in its entirety.
GLASSHOUSE
What We Sell:
All our glass is vintage, meaning old & out of production. The glass we sell was all made between circa 1920 and 1970. The type of glass we specialize in is called free-blown "production" glass with a focus on rare examples.
Free-blown glass is made entirely by hand using blowpipes, molds (almost always hand-carved wooden molds) and shaping tools. The work is performed by skilled workers, each performing a specialized task.
The process is not mechanized but takes place in a small artisan and factory (production) setting as opposed to in a studio.
http://www.vmglasshouse.com/aboutglasshouse.htm
Who qualifies as "competition"? Any store or website that specializes in comparable vintage glass to what I sell, or stores or websites that regularly stock a reasonable selection (more than just a few pieces) of comparable vintage glass. I do NOT consider a store or website competition if they clearly do not know what they are selling and either don't identify things or incorrectly identify them – they must have at least basic knowledge of the glass. I absolutely do not consider group sites or auction sites to be competition. Rarely do those unreliable venues with their multitude of part-time hobbyist sellers actually know what they have or correctly identify them.
That being said, I do have real competition and I would like to introduce you to them. This is different from me endorsing them – patronize them at your own risk. What they all have in common is passion and dedication enough to regularly sell Blenko, Empoli or other mid-century blown production glass.
THE PURPLE MOON was on this list! Folks you don't need to travel to NEW YORK CITY for quality vintage Glass! Purple Moon is located on Capitol Street in Charleston, W. Va.
SERENITY GLASS in TEXAS - isn't yet on Damon's radar, we won't tell him about Larry's terrific shop with vintage BLENKO and low, low prices! BLOGGER WON"T ALLOW ME TO DO LINKS TO PURPLE MOON AND SERENTITY GLASS, I'll return later and attempt this again!

16 comments:

chitrakahn said...

I did follow the link, and agree Damon Crain is full of himself
and he knows his product.
You are a lucky lady, Dr. H.

susan said...

My comments weren't posted. It is an ongoing problem.

Anonymous said...

I am trying to start a waterbottle collection for my gchildren.
Last year I bought the three new colors and this year I want to buy red blue and white
but there is no red blue or white
the light blue I bought is available but the navy is not.
It is listed as an available color.
When is it available?
Sue Mullins

Hillary J Homburg said...

Colbalt is a regular color - ask Diane or Mindy about this - waterbottles should be always available in the line colors.
Red & White maybe more difficult, Ruby is not made frquently and when ruby water bottles are available they are about $60.
Again mention to Diane and either prepay or ask her to phone you when it is available.
I haven't seen a white glass blenko waterbottle - this doesn't mean it was never made -
I'll ask TK and also Blenko but it would be a rare water bottle.
Check Ebay for this also.
Water bottles are great gift ideas for children and also for beginning collectors.
hjh

Anonymous said...

BOUGHT THAT TRAVELIN WEST VIRGINIA KY OHIO BOOK BY THE HERALD WRITER IT IS FUNNY AND ALSO FULL OF INFO.
WILL GET ANOTHER ONE FOR MY SISTER.
YOU SHOULD DO A REVIEW OF THE BOOK BEFORE XMAS.
MOUNTAIN RITA
ALSO I WAS AT BLENKO SAT AND THE SHELVES WERE NOT FULL

bridgett said...

I discovered Purple Moon, have not yet purchased anything, I'll be in Texas after Feb so we'll get to know Serenity Glass.

Anonymous said...

This summer I will enjoy Purple Moon and Taylors Book and Ellen's Ice Cream.
The joys of West Virginia are many.
Margie Hale
Hilary do you hear from Ram, Holly, Ravi and Lloyd?

Anonymous said...

Blenko had red water bottles on sunday they are $50.
Sol
also crystal which is what you mean by white? right?

sweetdoc said...

This one is a keeper.

Hillary J Homburg said...

Sue Mullins
Sol says cobalt ruby and crystal are all available at the gift shop in Milton.
Phone Mindy or Diane and ask for their help.

Anonymous said...

HILARY
THIS HAS BOTHERED ME FOR SOME TIME.
DAMON IS NOT NICE TO BLENKO GLASS WHY ARE YOU SUCH A SUPPORTER?
DON'T MAKE SENSE TO ME, BUT HEY I'M JUST A IMPORTED LAWYER NEW TO W.VA.
WHY ASK PEOPLE TO VISIT A WEBSITE OR BUY GLASS FROM SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T SUPORT YOUR COMPANY?
MOUNTAIN RITA

mismgr said...

Sue; I currently have water bottles in stock in my store. Available colors are Dreamcicle, Cobalt, Clover,Spring Green Frosted, Ruby w/4 spouts, Electric Blue, Ocean, Vineyard, Vineyard frosted, Spring Green, Turquoise. Prices range from $45.00 for most colors to $50.00 for frosted and $70.00 for ruby 4 spout piece which I had 10 made special order (1 remaining) also I have a Ruby water bottle factory converted into a night light for $100.00. larry from TX
larry@serenityantiques.com
214 724 5081

amodernguy said...

To steal a line from Avis - We Try Harder!

Did you get the photos I sent Hilary?

Anonymous said...

Very nice blog! Bookmarked :)

Anonymous said...

THEY MOVED THE DAMN BLOG
WHY?

Anonymous said...

THEY MOVED THE D____ BLOG
WHY???
BLENKO WHY?