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.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Don Shepperd - Blenko Designer

Today's post is the result of a note from Lon Bowden asking who was the Blenko designer responsible for WV Birthday Collection and why don't we hear about him more and what is he doing?

Don Shepperd designed he first series of WV Birthday Collection and many other popular Blenko designs.

Note: My computer died and I may or maynot be able to retrive my photos - so for the next few days or weeks, we'll be borrowing photos, (if you have glass photos please send) . The WV Birthday Photos are from the BLENKO COLLECTOR Four website - http://www.blenkocollectors.com/ . Blenko Glass at one time borrowed copies of the entire collection from me and had them on their website and as a handout during the June 20th Birthday Celebration. This page was a great addition for Birthday Collectors and Antique Dealers.

I will attempt to upload several photos from Blenko Museum and also photos of The West Virginia Birthday Pieces that Shepperd designed.

The BLENKO MUSEUM http://www.blenkomuseum.org/ has a brief bio for all the designers and a photo gallery of their work. For today with Damon Crain's permission we are borrowing info from their website.
Don Shepperd

Born October 9, 1930 in Eureka , CA Died February 23, 2002
Blenko Design Director 1974-1988Responsible for new Blenko designs from 1975-1989; all "75" through to "89" prefix design numbers
Attended California School of Fine Arts and Catan-Rose Institute of Fine Arts, NY.
Lived primarily in Stamford, CT and worked as a design consultant, including work for Herman Miller.


Phani said...

Not all pictures show up in the post but some of these are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

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Instead of collecting too much glass collect only special glass and focus on your inner self.

Anonymous said...

Some additional information. Don's death was an auto accident in Michigan. I believe he was doing some work for Herman Miller, Zeeland, Michigan, at the time.
A man talented in many areas.
Car Girl

Anonymous said...

? how did blenko attract men with such impressive talent?
shepperd husted myers, why would they work at blenko?
just wandering?
Do you have an answer?
Pete M.

Anonymous said...

Were all these items limited in production or could anyone purchase them?

sweetdoc said...

Is there a Blenko Collectors Club?
Will this club meet in 2009?
Do you have dates?
When will these events be announced?
Thank you

sweetdoc said...

Herman Miller ? George Nelson? aren't these your kinda designers Dr. Hillary??
Interesting that Shepperd is connected.
Blenko does show well in a contemporary home, however, my friend Lou has a Victorian home with many many blenko items, the blenko blends well with the pressed and french glass.

Dr.BOB said...

Great information.

Anonymous said...

More history please.
Like SweetDoc we are anxious to learn if BCS will continue and when the meeting is.

Anonymous said...

Who are the blenko collector four. I liked this website. Thank you for sending me to it.
Barry Edwards

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Anonymous said...

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Will blenko do a b-day piece this year?
Where will they sell it?
Ted B.