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.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Who Made this Vase?
I have a question for you (or for you to pose to your readers):The piece in the following auction is not Blenko: http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-BLUE-CRACKLE-GLASS-EX-LARGE-BLENKO-MUSHROOM-VASE_W0QQitemZ200298548162QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item200298548162&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A10%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318, but it has often been confused for Blenko. It was misidentified even in Popular '50s and '60s Glass: Color Along the RIver on page 25, at plate 1.45. I have two of them in Tangerine (or, since it's not Blenko, in just an red-orange shade) with the same optic pattern seen in Leslie's book. Who made this vase?
Trick question? I think not - this reader is a serious collector and was a founding BCS member. Put your thinking hats on.