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, February 28, 2009
I meant to mark the 1,111 post but neglected to do so - we are almost up to 1,200 post on the Heart of Glass Blog.
Thank you all once again, for reading, commenting, for your emails about BLENKO GLASS http://www.blenkoglass.com/ , your concern for Blenko and for me.
I'm suggesting we celebrate together at the 2009 Blenko Collectors Society annual meeting! hjh
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Mindy told my Mom the word is they have enough glass for 7-10 days. Unless sales are brisk.
Note: This DOES NOT mean Blenko will close, we have no inside information, only that the current supply (furnaces are closed) will be running out.
They are now selling items that have been in storage or just 'forgotten' about.
If you happen to purchase anything new or different, send an email.
If you purchased the GOLD BOWL that was a designer sample, please send photo. My Mom couldn't stop talking about the bowl.
She bowl a designer sample - wedding bowl - for her Nephew Shan, who was married on 2/20/09 I'll post a photo when it arrives.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
1. " Where can I purchase quality Blenko Glass?" Can you recommend sellers? Online or brick and mortar stores? I'm asking for your help- readers please recommend stores and websites or ebay sellers by name.
Readers please send your favorite store, address phone numbers and website if available to: Theblenkoproject@aol.com we'll compile a list of sellers for readers.
Your comments about items found, and if the seller have knowledge, is consignment, what period you most all find etc are all welcome. Also if the list price is negotiable.
#2. Is Blenko closing? How long will be Gift Shop VC be open?
I do not have inside information about BLENKO, I write or call just as you would. Please phone Blenko at 304 743 9081. IF we get any information from the factory we will immediately pass this along to you.
#3. Where will I be able to buy BLENKO after the closing? See #1 and wait for the post sometime next month.
#4 Why can't you post photos of what they have at the visitors center?
They have not sent photos, I am over 3 hours away from the factory. A reader did send yesterday photos of every table in Blenko. I will publish these before friday. However, I was told it changes daily . An article in the Charleston Gazette quotes Katie (VP at Blenko) as saying they had another weeks worth of glass in the holding bend.
#5 . Investors? Is this open to Collectors to the public? Why won't the government do anything?
I have NO repeat NO knowledge of Blenko seeking investors, I did write to the factory on Monday for clarification - when this arrives, I'll post the information.
Re: Government doing something? What would you propose they do?
Blenko is a privately owned, family owned business.
May I suggest you phone Blenko at 304 743 9081 and speak with Katie Tripp about this, she was the person quoted and photographed in the newspaper article.
#6. Have you read the things said about you in the 'other blog'.
The only blog I read besides this one is a Herald Blog - Hot Topics, and This is Not My Blog a Charleston, WV Blog.
While I appreciate your offers to defend me, it isn't necessary. Also not necessary to copy and send me the comments. My life is too full of happiness and good fortune to allow for negativity.
#7. Why are my comments not showing? Why haven't you published my photos?
If you send photos and I don't respond with a note of thanks. It means the photos went to spam. Place the word BLENKO in the title of all email.
Re: comments, while I am not always the person to approve the comments, I attempt to allow only positive, on topic comments. As collectors we want Blenko to be successful offering suggestions for improvement is okay. Suggestions and comments that are 'mean and nasty' are not. If you think the comments are sometimes 'mean' you should see the ones we don't publish.
#8. Did you pass your exam and when do you finish school?
WOW its been four years of Dental School, and you have all been very patient. No punt intended. School is over for me the middle of May, then I go on to Ohio for some advanced training. Yes. I did pass my national board exam. When I finish rural rotation and have more time, I'll update you about boards and my life.
Films are Shown every evening at 5:30 and 7:30pm. A Synopsis of each of the six films being shown and the date and times can be found here.
Tickets may be purchased at the door, advance tickets are not necessary. Individual film admission is $7, and tickets for Marshall’s staff and faculty are $5.50 each. Tickets are free for full-time Marshall Students.
There is still time for you to acquire tickets and attend the remaining 2 nights. Great films, great prices, totally restored theater in the lovely downtown Huntington area.
You still have 2 more nights to get down to the Keith Albee!
(I went last night to see Elsa & Fred, a romantic comedy from Argentina, and took some photos of the glass inside the theater - to be posted soon!)
I am not a purist when it comes to my Blenko collecting. I am into collecting to enjoy and to have fun. I don't buy glass for resale purposes unlike some others that occasionally post here. When I no longer have fun collecting that is when I will be done. If someone wants to call a 573 a teapot then they should be allowed to do so. I had a friend call me tonight and said it looks more like a coffee pot. I just hope no one out there would think about putting boiling water in any piece of Blenko. Also unlike a couple others I do not wish to see the Blenko company permanently closed. I believe everyone should collect what they want to collect. If it is a 573 "teapot" or a 9316 "face vase" or something made at the company in 2009 then they should buy it if that is what they want. I have always had a problem with being told what I should buy. I personally like Don Shepherd designs but in some eyes the glass made after 1974 is not something that people should invest their money in. Sorry I believe in collecting what you like not what someone tells you to buy.The first picture proves that some people need to let up and start enjoying Blenko and life ! As you can see in the picture I am NOT a purist otherwise I would not have used crystal punch cups with a chartreuse handle to serve the tea along side a Teal 573 "teapot, coffee pot, cocktail pitcher"The 2nd picture is for those that think the 573 can be just a coffee pot.Life is short, Enjoy it!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
We don't have photos of available glass, or descriptions etc. We are not a part of the BLENKO GLASS marketing plan - you will need to phone 304 743 9081 to ask what may be available. We have been TOLD the Gift Shop will remain OPEN this week, and the shelves have lots of glass. IF you shop there this week - take photos and send to the Heart of Glass - not everyone is available for shopping in person. hjh
NOTE: PHOTOS OF BLENKO GLASS / NOT GLASS AVAILABLE AT THE GIFT SHOP.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
NERB Exam today from 8:50 - 5
Basically this focuses on practical hand skills.
Restorative Exam (amalgam & composite on live patient)
Periodontal Exam (scale & root plane 6 teeth on live patient)
The WVA Law Exam was yesterday, I'm certain everyone in my class
passed this exam.
We are today completing one of the major remaining requirements for a May graduation.
May 16th is graduation. Yesterday we took formal picture in our gowns and hoods.
as we listened to the discussion about the possibility of a Blenko teapot, I couldn't refrain from sending this pic. Obviously not a working teapot, I found this ornamental in the gift shop about a month ago. This is a "lunch-time" piece that made its way to the visitor's center. It is actually a failed attempt at making a snowman or a bunny. Buy the glass that makes you smile!
Kissin' Kate's Antiques
Friday, February 20, 2009
We didn't hear from Tammy Kosla yet - TK has memorized all the Blenko catalogues, she KNOWS blenko, I'm anxious to hear her comments re: teapot.
History is said to be the best predictor of the future. The Blenko Designers - all became more well known after leaving Blenko.
Winslow Anderson, Joel P. Myers, Wayne Husted, Matt Carter, Hank Adams all made a good life and fame and fortune has been very kind to them.
Many of the craftsmen at Blenko will be able retire, others have multiple skills that are transferable to other job settings.
Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com remains open, furnaces are down, they are selling the previously made stock while determining the next move.
BLENKO GLASS - Milton, W.Va. off I-64. Take a day trip to Milton, visit the 2nd floor of the gift shop (Blenko Museum) then walk around the lake, view the garden of glass. If you haven't phoned your local representatives about BLENKO GLASS
do so this week. hjh
Thursday, February 19, 2009
BLENKO GLASS known world wide for their beautiful colors and hand rolled panels of sheet glass.
There are now many sites devoted to BLENKO GLASS - Blenko Collectors - and American Glass. Google Blenko Glass and spend the day looking at photos and learning about Blenko!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The Blenko Museum www.blenkomuseum.org has a sampling of all the 'great Blenko designs' today I have lifted a few of John Nickerson's designs.
You'll want to check out the Blenko Museum, the photos are beautiful, professional photos by Damon Crain. The documentation is accurate. Great source for research and information gathering. Or if you are like me .....its a WishBook site!
Note: To learn more about these photos, the description of the glass etc go to www.blenkomuseum.org .
Any one have these items in their collection?
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
We were sent this copy of Dean Six's book with photos and descriptions of glass similar to the glass in the Harry Thompson photo with birds and dogs. Mystery solved. Thank you. As in the X FILE series. The answers are OUT THERE! We just have to find them. Actually many of you KNOW the answers, some of us are still seeking answers, and many of us are just now learning about the questions...but I am grateful daily to you . . . each you .... my teachers. . my guides in the world of West Virginia Glass. hjh note: Buying a good set of reference books should probably come before purchasing glass.