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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, April 01, 2009

Blenko Collectors Society

Blenko Collectors Society - WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE? You all have questions about the group, and I plan to devote 10 or 12 post to the club, in an effort to have you join. Membership has rewards, one reward is each year you are given the opportunity to purchase a 'special limited edition item' this photo is the 2007 Blenko Collectors piece. This information was taken from the Blenko Collector Society webpage - you could actually go there yourself and learn all about the BCS and join! http://www.blenkocollectors.com/blenkocollectorssociety.htm

“Night and Day” is a special limited edition created specifically for the Blenko Collectors Convention.
These are companion pieces, and the striking color and shape contrasts within the individual pieces complement each other when placed side by side. The design and concept are all about opposites in balance.
The designers chose two complementary color schemes for the vessels: in a daring new move for Blenko, “Night” is orange glass cased in dark blue with an orange lip wrap. The interior of the piece glows with the promise of the coming day—keep your eyes open for more favorite designs with this new color treatment. “Day” is an orange fade to crystal with a dark blue rim, reminding the observer that even the most sunny day slowly fades to dusk. The glass in “Night” appears opaque and almost black. “Day” moves from an intense, almost opaque orange on the neck to a translucent, orange tint on the body.
The forms are composed of a squared neck section and a spherical body with ribs that extend from the corners of the square neck down the sides of the round body, accentuating its expanding form. These handsome pieces are reminiscent of gourd vessels, pods, and seeds. Even though the pieces work well in tandem, they are strong enough to also stand alone. The dense, glossy “Night” and airy, bright “Day” do not need each other to make a statement!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This group is no longer functioning
they stoped last year or the year before.
Jeff Ryan

Anonymous said...

Ugly

Anonymous said...

Answer for Jeff:
BCS had regular conventions 2003 - 2007. Spring 2008 they had a change of President and did some re-organizing. They had a meeting at the Blenko Glass Festival in late August, voting to continue as a group. I was at the meeting, as a BCS member. They are working on the direction to take,the economy, schedules and Blenko company issues have been a challenge.
Car Girl

Anonymous said...

Cargirl
My apologies I was repeating what I read on another chat. Next time I'll check sources.
Jeff

Anonymous said...

Hillary,

I would suggest you contact Sally (?) the Charleston stationed fundraise chair for Tamarack. She made a presentation to our business club, and I told about Murano glass of Venice, Italy (I had visited while in Italy last year). Their worksmanship was far superior to our glass in WV, BUT that we could make that happen in WV. Murano is experiencing some of the same problems that our decorative glass industry in WV has faced. (older generation fading, younger generation not interested, lack of funding, etc. )

Hope this helps. If I can find her full name and contact info, I will forward, but Tamarak will have it. This may be a whole new way of approaching the situation, and gain support.

Good luck, Bill

chitrakahn said...

Do you have to belong to buy this?
Or is it too late for this
but there will be others?
I am confused.