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, January 26, 2009

Great West Virginia Glass

I was aware of Seneca Glass, Louie Glass, Fostoria, Wheeling Glass and a few of the Northern Companies. My Gdad was a Regional Manager for Continental Glass before my birth - however, this reader is correct. I haven't promoted these lovely glass wares. I haven't gone to this study group. I will begin to attend. I will start to ask for photo of ALL WEST VIRGINIA GLASS or Glass made by ANY West Virginia Craftsman. This comes at a good time. Blenko Glass has so busy of late, getting photos and info to me has been a chore for them. This will take some burden off the girls in the office at Blenko. Please if you collect any West Virginia Glass feel free to add your 2 cents worth - or pass along the blog to your friends. Beginning soon, we will start to include all West Virginia Glass. If you have photos of Seneca Glass that was used in the White House - I'd love to post those photos! hjh
Being a student at West Virginia University means living in the Northern Panhandle and learning about our glass history, have you? If not may I invite you to our glass group or to the museum?
We have a very serious group of glass collector and we study weekly to learn and grow.
The glass made in Morgantown was excellent, I think you will find once you study this glass no other West Virginia Glass can compare. The quality was excellent. Fine tableware was made. It was used in the homes of presidents, senators, emperors world wide. As you young people say 'check us out' and then add us to your list of glass to write and brag about, we also photograph well.


Anonymous said...

Nice resturant next to the museum if you have any interest in doing dinner and the glass?

bridgett said...

Don't give up on Blenko
we'll send photos.

Hillary J Homburg said...

You would find me very boring and bad company. Thank you but No Thanks.

Anonymous said...

JOURNEYS; 36 Hours | Morgantown, W.Va.
Yahoo! Buzz
Published: May 9, 2003
THIS self-designated ''micro-city'' of 26,000 gets its most excited visitors in the fall when 65,000 blue-and-gold-clad football fans fill Mountaineer Stadium at West Virginia University, making Morgantown temporarily the largest city in the state. But it's actually in spring that the town explodes with life. The wildflowers are at their peak, the Cheat River is at its white-water wildest and bikers and skaters rip up and down the hilly streets. In the last decade, conservationists have converted 51 miles of rail corridor into bike trails with parks and picnic shelters. Preservationists have sparked a night-life scene along the riverfront and saved a grand old playhouse from destruction. Work has begun on a 15,000-seat waterfront theater. But the real appeal may be the lively and walkable downtown, gone neither to seed nor to preciousness. The lack of urban attitude takes some adjustment. When a store owner offers to lend you a vintage book overnight, or bikers slam on their brakes to let you cross, just smile and nod. You could get used to this. SUSAN BRENNA


5:30 p.m.
1. Get the Kinks Out
The new hub of the city is the Wharf District, a mile-long stretch of converted warehouses along the Monongahela River at the western edge of downtown. Restaurants and shops line this landscaped section of the Caperton Trail, an asphalt path that snakes along the river for eight miles. Join the parade by renting a bike at Whitetail Cycle and Fitness (54 Clay Street, 304-291-2270). A bike is $10 for two hours, $25 a day or $40 for the weekend; kayaks are also available. Pedal north for a view of the hilltop Evans-dale campus of West Virginia University. Dusk erases the river's industrial edge and the town looks almost dainty as it rises from the river in sparkling pinpoints of light.

7:30 p.m.
2. A Drink With a View The restaurants and pubs along the Caperton Trail have bike racks, so it's easy to stop for a drink. Two -- La Casa Mexican Grill (156 Clay Street, 304-292-6701) and Oliverio's (52 Clay Street, 304-296-2565) -- are usually packed. If their riverfront decks are full, try the West Virginia Brewing Company (1291 University Avenue, 304-296-2739), which offers a changing selection of house-brewed ales and lagers. The deck overlooks a riverfront park.

9 p.m.
3. Bacchanal
The restaurant of the moment is Cafe Bacchus (76 High Street, 304-296-9234), serving contemporary American food in a century-old house an easy walk from the Wharf District. Diners linger near the windows of the front dining room or in the dimly lighted turquoise back parlor, which has the look of nighttime at the bottom of a Hockney pool. Entrees are $20 to $32.


9 a.m.
4. Blue Morning
Let the college students sleep in. All ages mix at the Blue Moose Cafe (248 Walnut Street, 304-292-8999), a corner place with window walls for people-watching. At this hour adults trade sections of the newspaper as they drink organic coffee and order the off-menu egg-white omelet filled with spinach, avocado and grape tomatoes ($3.75).

10 a.m.
Hilary do you know Susan? You all share a lot of common interest, these are many of the places you write about. I'm gonna give her a link to you also.
Brenda I.

Anonymous said...

Food is awful at the Glass Grille.
Don't eat if you go to the Museum.