Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Reader 's Question

Karen, I don't know for certain - but its my understanding the bulls head was made to hang on the wall and hold a plant - we'll see what others have to say. We own two - a ruby one with a green vine that requires little water hangs in my Morgntown guest bath, the other is setting on a shelf, he's blue and gold. Both of mine are reproductions done in the 2000's for BCS , this is yet another reason to join the BLENKO COLLECTORS SOCIETY http://www.blenkoglass.com/ . Tammy Kosla and crew worked hard to make certain each year a couple of items were reproduced *- but marked as reproduced - so not to confuse anyone. Let's wait to see what others have to say about your bullhead. HJH
* a tradition I'm certain BCS president Karin Alonzo will continue.


I just acquired a Blenko Bull head similar to yours but mine is different colors. Could you please share some information about it? When where the made, etc. Mine is amber/blue. Mine has an open end @ the top of the head. Is it a paper weight? We just thought it looked like something special.

Thank-you for any information that you can provide,


Anonymous said...

Wrong answer.

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sweetdoc said...

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mismgr said...

The steer head shown is in the desert green color first introduced in 1996 - 1997 and then produced in 2003 to present. The cellophane label Block B Blenko Sticker - Used from 1982 to 1999. This label was designed by John Nickerson. The orange ball represents the hot glass ball on the end of the blow pipe. The line through the B is the pipe and the B is a mold. These stickers were also used until the supply was depleted. I copied this information from the Blenko collectors website at; http://www.blenkocollectors.com/
The Blenko steer wall vase #992 was designed by Winslow Anderson and introduced in 1951, the original had horns that were about 20" long.
larry from tx larry@serenityantiques.com
Hope this is a help

Another blogger credits Winslow Anderson for the steer head design. Hope this helps

Anonymous said...

Am I correct in understanding that Blenko allows one designer to alter anothers original design?
If WInloaw designed with long ears then someone else shortened ears and changed colors its now their creation?
Strange thought but appears to be factual.
Appreciate the information, new to collecting and filled with curosity and questions.

Anonymous said...


If you practice a method you are still living within a very small space

When you look at a tree, or the face of your neighbor, or the face of your wife or husband, and if you look with that quality of mind that is completely quiet, then you will see something totally new. Such silence of the mind is not something that can be attained through any practice; if you practice a method you are still living within a very small space which thought has created, as the 'me,' the 'I' practicing, advancing. That space is full of conflict, full of its own achievements and failures, and such a mind can never be quiet, do what it will.

Meditations - 97
this one is for the disgruntled collectors

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been to the visitors center lately? Is it worth a three hour trip? When I visited about a month ago I could not get a large fish,and there were no nice large bottles or vases. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!

glassbug said...

Larry from Texas and all the other Texas contributors
I frequently zerox your glass and comments so that I might continue to learn.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Really great article with very interesting information. You might want to follow up to this topic!?! 2012