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.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Marble King - WV Cultural Center - Charleston - Take A Child!
Marble King - West Virginia's Marble King the greatest maker of Marbles is on display at the Cultural Center in Charleston, West Virginia. Take your grand children, your children, the neighbors children and go to visit. Help them develop an interest in 'marbles', start their collection of marbles. If your marble collection is in the closet or garage - get it out, share the marbles with others.
The Blog comment (below) started me down memory lane, I remember vividly Mr. Hamon, and Mr. Charley and buying a 'shooter' from each.
If we want our children to have pride in our state, we must expose them to the very best the State has to offer. The West Virginia Cultural Center houses the finest exhibits. It is FREE, and the exhibits change very frequently. www.wvculture.org/agency/cultcenter
there is a WV Marble Collector's Club. I think their website is www.wvmcc.citymax.com. If that doesn't work just google WV marbles and you should find them. Also, land of marbles.com has a lot of info. We have marbles mostly from Robert Hamon. Although we have a few from Charley Gibson, Sonny Miller and Boyd Miller. Mr. Hamon passed away a few years ago and Mr. Gibson had a stroke and no longer makes glass. Sonny and Boyd still make marbles. As far as larger companies, I think Jabo still makes marbles and I'm not sure if Akro-Agate is still producing them or not. The web sites I mentioned should help. At one time, WV was one of the top marble producing areas in the world. I guess you could say we have lost our marbles! (amongst other things).