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.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
King Family's Blenko
A few pieces of Blenko from our home.
This photo shows 2 Blenko vases in the Muranese sommerso style (by Joel Myers) that were a special limited production in the mid 1960's. The vase on the left was signed by Joel Myers. The vase on the right, as the story goes, was a gift from Blenko to then WV Governor Arch Moore. When Gov. Moore left office he did not take the vase with him. A WV State Trooper returned the vase to Blenko where Red Powers came into possession of it. We got the vase from Red. It is signed by William Blenko. The decanter is, of course, a Blenko Gump's decanter also from the mid 1960's. The color is turquoise. This is our starter to a complete set (someday).
I hope you enjoy the photograph.
Tim & Linda King
Kissin Kate's Antiques LLC
Note: Mr. and Mrs. King, The story you have is I believe a true one. I adore these vases, my parents saw them at Ms. Phyliss' and we spoke with both Mr. Myers and Gov Moore's family about the vases, they were presented to Gov Moore who thought they were beautiful. Many items were presented to the Gov over the time he was in office, they didnt know what happen to the items after. Its certainly possible they were returned to Blenko. They are lovely, they were once in the Governor's office and your family will take great care of them of this I'm certain.
Thank you for sharing!