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.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Raindrops from Rick Pulcrano

We ask for photos of Raindrops - Mr. Richard Pulcrano of Huntington www.blenkoproject.org (click on collections) provided the photos below. Mr. Pulcrano started Tri State Mobile Medical Services in 1984, this was the first company to bring Mobile Radiology services to the State of West Virginia and achieved the SBA 1988 West Virginia Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award. Mr. Pulcrano is a graduate of St. Joseph Central High School in Huntington, WV and graduated from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Mr. Pulcrano assumed the role of COO of Mobile USA on May 1, 2006. Other websites containing photos of Raindrops are: The Blenko Collectors Four and Blenko Museum.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wissmach Glass Company

News from another of my Favorite WEST VIRGINIA Glass Manufacturers - if your hobby involves Stain Glass you know Wissmach - the windows in my parents home are made entirely of Wissmach and Blenko Glass. No finer glass exist. Below is a note from Wissmach describing new products- check them out! If you aren't involved with Stain Glass or Jewelry making - consider this new hobby. Amanda's Stain Glass Studio in Charleston WV offers classes, many of the Adult Education after school programs offer Stain Glass Making and Blenko Glass' Don Lemley offers classes. Classes are affordable.

With the slower economic times we have had more time to develop new products. The first product that we are introducing is our SYSTEM 90 fusing glass compatible with all coe 90 glass on the market. Worldwide testing of the product is complete with 100% satisfaction from all distributors and artists that have put the glass through their own testing process. Pricing is about 33% less than other coe 90 products currently on the market.
Most distributors have placed their orders for the clear available in 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm thicknesses. We will soon be introducing black and white along with several other pastel colors. Full sheets are available in stock sizes 32x42 and 32X84 inches.

Pre cut shapes such as circles and pillows are now available as well, prepackaged in sets of 10 pieces per box.

Please contact your distributor or you may contact us directly with any questions or comments that you may have.

Mark Feldmeier
Wissmach Glass Company

Friday, May 29, 2009

From the Reader: Estate Sale Collection

Note: " I want to attend these estate sales, where are you ? The orange - doesn't look like Blenko to me - but wait to hear what people who know more than I do have to say." hjh

First picture is a nice art glass collection from an estate sale in WV. Second picture is of a large orange blown glass jar with lid that I cannot seem to find anything about. It has a very sharp pontil on the bottom of the jar and the lid. Orange color. Is this Blenko ? I would appreciate any information you might have. Thank you, D.B.

Blenko Bells?

Mrs. Taylor I attempted by email to ask for photos - the spam blocker returned my email - please send photos of the bells.
hillary, damon crain of the blenko museum suggested i write to you about some blenko pieces belonging to my late mother. i am hoping you can play 'detective' for me and uncover any additional information about them.

in the 1940's my mother was a founder of a local garden club and in time became a nationally accredited flower show judge, both for flower arrangements and horticultural specimens, principally narcissus. as a exhibitor, she preferred to do table arrangements and often entered that category which would always be on an assigned theme, for example a wedding table to be set up with appropriate linens, china, flatware, glassware and a flower arrangement denoting the theme. in the late 1940's or very early 1950's, i believe, she went to milton and asked to have a series of clear glass bells made to be used on a wedding table exhibit. it is my understanding that she designed the bells, specified their graduated sizes and that they could not have a 'clapper.' she intended to use the series of six bells, two of each size, arranged in a long pattern, the two largest back-to-back facing outward, the medium sized next to the largest and the smallest two at each end of the pattern. she would then put increasingly smaller flower arrangements tucked inside each bell.
as a child i was told that blenko agreed to make the bells for my mother, had made an additional set for the company and then destroyed the 'molds.' i've no idea if these bells were blown or in some manner molds were made to produce them. the glass is fairly thin, some have a very few scattered small bubbles and each bell has a glass 'loop' at the top, though one has been broken off that easily could be replaced. otherwise they are in excellent condition.
over time these glass bells were used at a number of wedding receptions, but have been packed away for 30 or more years. i have never seen anything like them and have no way of verifying the manner in which they were manufactured, if the company set of bells still exists, or what the value might be for the set.
i am at a loss as to who to turn to who might be knowledgeable enough to help. obviously these bells were not mass produced, appear in no catalogs, and are now of an age where the identity of the artisan who made them likely will be forever lost.
thank you for any assistance you might be able to give me.
martha taylor

Thursday, May 28, 2009

2009 West Virginia Birthday Vase - Sold only on June 20th

2009 West Virginia Birthday Vase

Here is the picture of the birthday piece. Seabreeze, 16" high with stopper. $146.00 ea. + tax. No coupons or discounts, one per person. No advance orders. On sale, Saturday, June 20 at 8am at the Visitor Center. Note our special Saturday hours are 8-5 on Saturday. Each signed by Arlon Bayliss and Walter Blenko, hand numbered.

Katie G.

Blenko Glass

Pics from Texas - Blenko

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Whimsies - Send photos to Heart of Glass

whimsies—created by a glassblower at the end of the workday for his own amusement or profit. This is a tradition in glass houses going back to colonial times. Blowers (also called gaffers) made end-of-day glass canes, chains, banks, paperweights and animal figures, among other items.
Please send your photos of whimsies (end of day pieces) to theblenkoproject@aol.com if you know who made the item, or the name of the Glass Company this should also be included.

Thank you.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Those Blenko Brick- Who - What - When -

Reader writes:

You keep talking about the colorful Blenko bricks, and I bought them, they
had only the amber, I bought 75. I wanted other colors. When might these be
available and can you tell me, why and when did Blenko start to make brick, and are
they OK are building?

Samantha My recommendation is you phone Don Lemley the Antique Glass Director and the most knowledgeable person at Blenko Glass re: this subject.

I was able to obtain the following information and a photo from the http://www.blenkoglass.com/ website. Webmaster Terri has very beautiful photos and a video that her husband Barry made about the production of the brick this was offered for sale at the Visitors Center if you can't find it there. Email me and I'll put you in touch with Terri.

The video is a must have - for teachers - and parents - having children, or even our neighbors watch the wonderful process of glass being made - well . . . .perhaps it will rekindle the desire to buy handcrafted and Made In USA.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Readers Question - Who is Arlon Bayliss, Blenko Designer

Photos of Bayliss and Team installing glass in Indianapolis Airport.
Heart of Glass will have photos of BAYLISS' 2009 WV Birthday design later this week!

Who is this arlin bayliss the designer of WV Birthday piece why not ask Wayne Husted to do this?
Sally P.
While I would agree Wayne Husted was Blenko's most popular and is an excellent designer, he is a part of Blenko's past and the current designer is Arlon Bayliss. The following information was available from searching the net. Bayliss has been responsible for the last 2 WV Birthday Vase (if you collect this series you'll know these vases are unique, the size is right, the colors are excellent, they stand out in this collection) I'm anxious to see the prototype for 2009. Bayliss and Team never disappoint.
Arlon Bayliss, Professor of Art and co-chair for the Department of Art + Design, recently returned from an annual trip with glass majors and fellow glass students to Corning, New York.
Included during the trip were visits to The Corning Museum of Glass (more than 45,000 objects trace 3,500 years of glassmaking history at Corning), The Rakow Research Library (the world’s library of record and the finest collection of research materials related to the art, history, craft and technology of glass), and The Studio (a comprehensive educational glass workshop for visiting artists, summer classes, and visitors).
At The Corning Museum of Glass, glass isn’t just for looking at or looking through. At the Museum, you can explore, research, touch, work with, and interact with glass.
This is the 19th year for the one-week field trip. According to Bayliss, the Corning Museum of Glass holds the largest and best collection of glass in the world. The art department’s Glass History course uses many examples from the museum. When Bayliss takes students to Corning, there are many scholars from other countries that have come to Corning to study and research.
“I think Arlon is a wonderful teacher and a wonderful artist, and I look forward to his yearly trip to Corning,” said Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass at Corning. “In spite of the fact that Arlon has been here many times, he is always excited to be here, and he is so engaging.”
In 1990, AU wanted to provide art students with a glass-making major for the first time. Bayliss relocated from London to help start the program with professor Ken Ryden. They were able to connect Jerry Child, who at the time was a scientific projects worker at Corning. Child was able to supply AU with 20 tons of glass making equipment including a kiln, a glass furnace, a mechanical press, optic molds and numerous other furniture and equipment. Bayliss commented much of the original donations from Corning are still used today.
A glass piece created by an AU student was offered by Steuben Glass in 2006. The work created by Melissa Taylor (BA ’07) entitled “The Nutcracker” marked the first time that Steuben had offered a piece created by an undergraduate university glass student. The piece was featured on the front cover of the Steuben Christmas catalog in 2006. [Pictured on the left.]
Four students made the trip with Bayliss this year though in the past, Bayliss has been able to fill two vans full of students.
“Next year, we except a larger number of students going because of the freshman glass cohort waiting in the wings,” said Bayliss. “That specific cohort is working on foundations this year and will be in Intermediate Glass this time next year for the trip.”
Bayliss stated that Corning is a vital part of the glass curriculum. Students do research projects in writing and glass making based on the work they see on the trip. The program puts a lot of emphasis on historical research and analysis generally in AU Art and Design.
“It’s so gratifying to hear the museums staff time and time again say how much they enjoy working with our students,” said Bayliss. “They say it’s refreshing to see their enthusiasm for historical objects.”
Three AU majors have completed internships at the museum: Michael Frazier, Joy Jackson and Shawn Matson.
“The Museum welcomes students from all areas of study, and especially art students,” said Oldknow. “I love to see undergraduates as well as graduate students at the Museum: everyone has a good idea to share.”
This year, alum David Schnuckel (BA ’03) was able to join the AU students for a day. He has his masters in glass from R.I.T. and is teaching glass classes at Alfred University in New York. [Pictured on the right.]
Offering majors in fine arts studio, studio glass, graphic design, general studies in art and art education, Anderson University’s Department of Art + Design challenges and prepares students to bring their best contributions to their chosen field. Students accomplish this through scholarly research, intensive studio practice, professional work experience and working closely with skilled faculty of artists and designers.
A new sculpture created by Arlon Bayliss, professor of Art at Anderson University, and artist Mary Jo Kramb Bayliss will be permanently featured when the new Indianapolis International Airport opens on November 12, 2008. The collaborative creation, a glass wall entitled “Flightwave,” is located in the heart of the new airport on the east side of the Civic Plaza within the facility.
“I am so grateful for this opportunity to create a piece for the new Indianapolis Airport. It’s certainly an honor. I can’t wait to show it to my students. I also loved collaborating with Mary Jo. It improved the work. I can’t wait for the next project we’ll do together,” said Bayliss.
“I am delighted that Prof. Bayliss’ glass sculpture will be permanently featured in such an important facility as the new airport terminal in Indianapolis. This work will be seen by countless numbers of people from around the world who make their way through the airport, and it is sure to have a significant impact on their travel experience and their impressions of Indianapolis. This accomplishment speaks to the high level of artistry embodied in our art and design faculty, and to the wonderful education they provide for our students here at Anderson University. We are all celebrating this amazing accomplishment,” said Dr. Jeffrey Wright, dean of the College of the Arts.
The glass wall separates screened from unscreened passengers and incorporates simplified chevron shapes made from dichroic glass to resemble a flock of sparkling birds. These elements create delicately colored light as both natural and artificial light plays across them, and the colors shift and change as viewers pass the wall. The imagery calls to mind the joy and freedom inherent in experiencing flight.
Bayliss received his B.A. in Ceramics (1st class with honors) from Bristol Polytechnic in England in 1978 and his M.A. in Glass from the Royal College of Art in 1981. As an independent artist in England, he designed glass for Rosenthal Glas und Porzellan in Germany, for E.O.S. Toscany in Italy, for Stephens and Williams Royal Brierly Crystal and Wedgwood Glass in England, and at the Snogebaek Glashytte in Denmark. Since 1990 Bayliss has been a professor of art and the director of the glass program at Anderson University.
Mary Jo Kramb Bayliss was born in Ventura, California in 1962; however, she grew up on the East Coast. She received her BFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1995, and her MFA in sculpture from University of Colorado, Boulder in 1999. She has shown her work in South America and across the United States. Her three sons are Matthew (23), Daniel (22) and Sam (15).
Bayliss’ public projects include sculptures for Anderson University, the City of Anderson and the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library in Indianapolis. In 1993 he designed the annual Governor’s Arts Award for the state of Indiana. Bayliss is an elected Diploma Member of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,750 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology. hjh

Saturday, May 23, 2009

www.blenkoglass.com - Antique & Stain Glass

The Blenko Glass Company was the first United States company to produce mouth-blown sheet glass, using what is called the "muff" process. The process used dates back to the creation of Blenko Glass Company in the nineteenth century. The term "antique" refers to the mouth-blown glass process used to make our sheet glass. At Blenko, that process has not changed in over 100 years. The first step involves mouth-blowing a cylinder of molten glass into a cast iron or hand carved fruitwood mold. The cylinder is then annealed and the ends are removed. It is then reheated just to the point that it becomes soft and flexible and is then flattened into a sheet. After a second annealing period the sheet is ready for use in a stained glass window. * From the Blenko Glass website - info - check this site for additional information and a price list.

Contact Don Lemley the Director of Antique Glass at 304 743 9081 or dlemley@blenkousa.com

Friday, May 22, 2009

Another Glass Factory Ceases Production!

Note: This information was forwarded by Blog friend - Tony Patti - www.glassblower.info Glassblower and advocate for USA Glass products.

Important Announcement Regarding ZimmermannMay 20, 2009

Please Read:
As many of you are already aware, due to the passing of Peter Zimmermann in December 2008, Zimmermann Color Glass will cease production in September of this year after almost 150 years. The Zimmermann family has elected not to sell it's formulas for it's color line to any other glass color producer. We are saddened by the loss of Peter Zimmermann and also the loss of our excellent relationship with everyone at the Zimmermann factory.
Olympic Color Rods still has significant stock of most Zimmermann colors and is working with Reichenbach to develop replacements for the most popular colors and those needed to replenish our stock as time goes on. Reichenbach has done a superb job in responding to our request quickly and with quality new colors. We are pleased to announce the following new products:

R-720Mango Yellow
R-701Emerald Green Metallic
R-740Dark Brown Amber (reduces)
Click here for the complete list of weekly colors on sale!
Other Sales:
20% Off All Blowing & Lampworking Colors*
40% Off Remaining Kugler Colors*
Click to view our Sales & Specials page for more information.Kugler available for phone order only, call toll-free 1.800.445.7742 with any questions or to order.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Kissin Kate's An Update

Hi Hillary and All,

As I mentioned, we are in the process of closing "Kissin Kate's" on Main St., Hurricane. I wanted to mention that we will be open Memorial Weekend on Friday and Saturday 10 - 5, Moday 10 - 5, and Sunday by appointment for any of you who are in from out of town and would like to get in the store.

I have not packed up any glass as of yet, so we are still fully stocked with many pieces in colors that I do not think you will find at the Blenko Visitors Center again. We also have many pieces from Miss Phyllis's estate and several signed Husted Artist Proofs.

At this time, we are still in negotiations for floor space in the South Charleston Antique Mall. We will let you know where we will be going as soon as we know!

Thank you Hillary and everyone for all the kind wishes. We appreciate you!

Linda King
"Kissin Kates"
304-562-1880 (during store hours)

WV Birthday - June 20th - Blenko Glass decanter - A First!

Christy of Blenko was kind enough to send the following update on WV BIRTHDAY Vase - Remember to plan for June 20th - be there early.
Below are the WV Birthday facts from Christy's note: (my comments are in RED).
We have our photographer taking pics of the WV Piece as we speak, hopefully I will have the disk back in a few days. I'm not sure if Katie told you, it is a decanter, pretty much a classic Blenko shape with a diamond optic, and a crystal stopper. 'Readers this is a first, and it sounds lovely beyond words' It is a pretty nice size, about 16" high w/stopper. It is in seabreeze. I'm excited that it is our first WV Day decanter. I think it is quite nice. . . . . . . . .. . . In fact, we have been producing this week, I think we will make again tomorrow and probably finish next week. Arlon Bayliss designed the piece. Arlon and Walter (Arlon Bayliss is the designer and signed Blenko (by Bayliss) is a treasure - Walter Blenko is Blenko family, and his signature is also rare).will be presigning as far as I know. Walter will be available for glass signing on WV Day as long as he nothing comes up at home that doesn't allow him to make it down. We will have a handful of men doing a demonstration on Saturday morning, probably until noon. Birthday cake as usual, refreshments. Readers, the birthday cake is made by a local cake artist, it always is 'over the top' with an image of the decanter and State of WV, the cake is a piece of art, and also delicious' Please GO up stairs, have cake and meet the Blenko Glass Employees, the people are my favorite thing about Blenko Glass, after you meet them, they will become part of your family also. IF you haven't Joined the BLENKO COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION consider doing this now. Blenko is throwing around the idea of a mobile class by Charlie Harshbarger, or something like that. I own 2 Charlie H. mobile, and wish I had 2 or 3 others, they are beautiful, colorful and functional. Also, we will have a porta potty set up for those brave folks who spend the night. PORTA POTTY - I don't spend the night, but I know the people who do will appreciate a porta potty! As far as I know, we will open at 8am that morning instead of the usual Sat time of 9:00. Things aren't set in stone yet, but I have to get it clarified soon, because we will have our usual Sunday full page insert in the Charleston & Huntington papers the Sunday before. I think June 14.
Everyone is invited to stop by and meet the office staff and the Blenko employees working this day. Everyone at Blenko works very hard, every day. For Blenko Glass Employees, Blenko is like Family.
Hillary, I need to get back to the importants things . . . Like making the company work, which by the way, is a group effort that takes every person in every department.
Hope this info helps. Will send you good pic when I get it. I could send a non prof pic, but would rather do it the right way.
PHOTOS are coming! Keep checking back, I'm away for a week at the beach, but will immediately post any / all photos.
Have a good evening.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Reader Responds to Request for Photos


I own a lot of Husted but no Raindrops, this is a photo of Raindrop which i covet.

Blenko Glass Raindrop Specialty Line by Wayne HustedBlenko design #23-DR from the Raindrop specialty line by Wayne Husted, designed in 1960 and made for 1 year only. In 1969 Hused created 23 designs executed in thick clear leaded glass, seeded with irregularly sized bubbles. All were available only in clear raindrop, and were not issued in any other colors. Raindrop was for Blenko, an entirely new look, like nothing the company had produced before. . This examplie has the original paper "blow pipe" sticker that was used only for this speciality line, along with the etched Blenko signature on the bottom. This is an example of why Wayne Husted is my hero and should be known as the one and only Blenko Glass Designer after all he is the person who made and keeps Blenko alive.

Suzie B.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

May 16th 2009

Some images from my commencement ceremony, May 16th 2009.

Readers Question - Charisma


See the photo, I have three items with this clear and then a bright orange dristled inside its beautiful and I think its blenko but want to be certain before I keep it. I have three other items also I will send photos of. We are cleaning out my Moms house slowly on weekends. Berkley Springs is beautiful this time of year. Visiting and then reading all the nice things you say about West Virginia make me question why I was in such a hurry to leave 15 years ago.
All info about these items will be greatly helpful.
Anita C.

Anita - Governor Joe Manchin's declaration and welcome ' COME HOME' www.times-news.com/editorials/local_story_071210 was meant for folks like you. W.Va is beautiful, and has a great deal to offer.
I couldn't get your photo to "upload" on blogger - I recognize the glass as Charisma by John Nickerson. The following is information obtained from Blenko Museum, WV GLASSHOUSE, Blenko Glass. The most helpful link was - http://www.vmglasshouse.com/ . Check out these sites and also type in Charisma / blenko/ nickerson to obtain additonal information.
The photo is also from this site, and the best photo of CHARIMA I saw on line. I actually own a couple piece of Charisma its difficult to photograph with clarity.
Hope this helps. Readers may have more info to add.
(info about Charisma from this site)
'Charisma is more than just the last great Specialty Line the Blenko Glass Company produced; it is an uncommonly beautiful and eloquent swan song for the company's Historic Period of 1947-74 courtesy of John Nickerson in his first full year as the company's design director.
As discussed on the Blenko Museum's website "A Specialty Line is a themed group of designs that are technically 'special' or different from the company's normal production, and consist of multiple shapes that are aesthetically related. [the] Specialty Lines were an important departure for the designers and indicate an impulse to innovate and experiment in spite of the risks. The Specialty Lines are a testament to a company in its prime."
To borrow from my explanation of Charisma published in the 2007 issue of Miller's Guide, the Charisma line consist of 10 designs executed in crystal with an internal garland pattern Ruby colorway. The technique was an appropriate and historically relevant one as it was essentially a revival of a technique used in the mid-Atlantic region of America circa 1860-1880. Mid-Atlantic glass is recognized as an important milestone as it was the first large scale iteration of the American glass industry, established in 1739.
Charisma was a significant, if short-lived, move towards more technically demanding and elaborate work at Blenko. It represented their first instance of the use of an internal colorway as well as the revival of the concept of the Specialty Line which was formally established in 1960 by Wayne Husted ( Rialto , Regal and Raindrop ). This revival is surprising in that the 1960 experiment was a financial disaster for Blenko and can perhaps be interpreted as a last resort; Charisma was effectively a line in the sand against the encroaching competition of Studio Glass . Sadly this line was ultimately crossed against Blenko's favor.'
Readers please google BLENKO GLASS and spend time learning about BLENKO. The best place to view perfect photos of Blenko are: Blenko Museum and sites where the photos were taken by Damon Crain -Damon Crain is the owner of Glasshouse, and a consultant for contemporary art & design collectors. He has worked at the New Museum and Marian Goodman and Matthew Marks galleries (among others).

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Announcing the Graduation of
The West Virginia University School of Dentistry
Class of 2009
May 16th, 2009

Congratulations everyone - we made it to DDS!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Reader Questions

Hi, I found this at the Salvation Army....

I had no idea what it was (just that I loved it), then looked it up online.... Would you mind looking at the two pics I attached and telling me if you think it's a Blenko? And if so, how do I find out about what it's worth (not that I'd sell it, probably...).

Thanks so much!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Readers Question

Oh Serena - I don't do quick. Let us see what the readers have to say. My thoughts are the pale green (seabreeze perhaps?) is a different design.
Cost? What are you willing to pay?


See this photo and description?

Blenko 2 piece epergene #6830, Olive Green with Turquoise trim. Designed by Joel Myers in 1968. Measures 15 inches tall to the top of the ruffled center and 15 and 1/2 inches wide.

Well my qustion is did Blenko make this in other colors and other years
and how much should one cost?
I think I found this in a pale green no trim but don't know if its the same.
Help and can you do this quickly?

Serena Wallace

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cottage on River in Nitro

FOR RENT - Furnished Cottage - 1 bedroom, with home office. Blenko in the windows, Washer / dryer. Large screened in porch located in the Nitro area near the St Albans bridge. Less than 15 minutes drive to Charleston State Capitol and less than 30 minutes drive to Huntington West Virginia. Close to West Virginia State University.
$750 per month with deposit. Short term lease is available.
Phone 304 437 4647 leave your name and number or email theblenkoproject@aol.com Property is available on 5/30/09.

In order to fund my Columbus apartment, I need to rent my cottage for the time I'm in Columbus. Its a great location, quiet, friendly street, nice furnishings. Would be great for a professional moving to Charleston / Huntington area for 12 - 24 months.

Correct link to the #1 Glass site

http://www.glassblower.info/ Correct link for the Tony Patti site.

Monday, May 11, 2009

!st NEWS of 2009 WV Birthday Piece - June 20, 2009

Hello Hillary,
I have attached an image that is just a teaser for the WV Day piece. It has been designed again this year by Arlon Bayliss. We will be holding the event on June 20th at the factory like normal. Our hours will be 8am to 5pm on that day even though it is a Saturday. We will have porta potties. We will have refreshments and our Birthday cake. We look forward to the event even more this year than last. The WV piece will have 146 pieces this year and they will be $146 each. This year we do want to advise individuals who arrive and stay overnight prior to the sale that they will need to remain in the immediate area for the whole night to retain their place in line. (Just like getting a Wii) We will give you more information as we get closer to the event.

Katie Trippe
Assistant Vice President
Blenko Glass Company
NOTE: attached image was a mostly black / black and white drawing it didn't reproduce for blogger - I'll ask for a resend.

Most Extreme Sport of Art World - Tony Patti

Dent School has taken a big chunk of my time the last 4 years - so much that I have a folder of 'to do ' things for Glass.
Tony Patti has coined the phrase 'Most Extreme Sport of Art Glass' for the art of glass blowing, I'm certain the men at Blenko - Rider and Crew would agree it is an appropriate phrase.
Tony has the #1 website - devoted to Glass blowing - each time I visit, time seems to stop and three or four hours later I realize I must close the site.
After graduation (5/16) I promise more information - but in the mean time visit the site.
Tony sent this email and link which I want to share today with you.

When I read the phrase "enliven the museum experience" it makes me think of the ballet of our "most extreme sport of the art world" in hot shop glassblowing,and glassblowing is perhaps the only art where watching a piece of glass being made is a captivating visual experience,as can be seen in the popularity of CMOG's Hot Glass Show.http://www.cmog.org/dynamic.aspx?id=10145
Tony Pattiwww.glassblower.infogaffer@glassblower.info

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

This is the day to honor MOMs. We all have our birth Mom, and then the other 'ladies' in our lives, the very special people who also love us unconditionally, who give without expectation. This is a day to remember all these lades with a call or a card.
If you haven't made the phone call to your Mom, do it now!

Saturday, May 09, 2009


Still looking for the 'perfect' Mothers Day Gift?
www.blenkoglass.com has PINK ICE a limited edition color - made especially for this holiday and The Blue Bird Ornament is currently in stock. phone 304 743 9081 or drive up to Milton Blenko Gift Shop.

Bluebird would make a perfect gift - this is the
2nd in Series, Feathered Friends Ornament, Spring Edition
Each ornament is handpainted by WV Artist Wendy Lemley. Only 50 available2nd In Series2009
Bluebird with Pink Dogwood
$55.00 each + shipping and handling
2009 2nd in Series Limited Edition Bluebird ornamentPrice: $55.00

Friday, May 08, 2009

Marshall Graduation

Blenko GLass is now offering green waterbottles with the Marshall logo in time for graduation.

These items can be personalized at http://www.westvirginiaglass.com/ .

An ebay seller is currently offering the BUFFALO which was made by BLENKO

and shown here.

BLENKO GLASS loves Marshall and the BLENKO green is one of the most popular colors, second only to cobalt blue.

Graduation . . . .THINK BLENKO GLASS http://www.blenkoglass.com/ visit the Milton gift shop after you print off the $$$ off coupon. hjh

Thursday, May 07, 2009

News from Kissin Kate's

Photo of Kissin Kate's Window. Kissin Kate is know for its collection of quality West Virginia Glass.
Hi Hillary and All,

We have recently made the difficult decision to close "Kissin Kate's Antiques and Collectibles", our bricks and mortar store located on Main St., Hurricane, WV. I am sure that it will be of no surprise to anyone that this industry has been hard hit this past year, and coupled with increasing operating costs it is no longer sustainable.

However, we are currently in negotiations with the South Charleston Antique Mall and hope to offer there at least a sample of the WV Glass and Antiques that we have had available in our Hurricane store.

We are going to attempt to keep the Hurricane store open at least on Friday and Saturday through out May, and perhaps a day or two during the week. If anyone would like to get in the store after hours we would be glad to open for you by appointment. The best way to access us during the remainder of this month is through our website: http://www.kissinkatesantiques.com/.

At this time we still have hundreds of first quality, vintage and one of a kind glass by Blenko, Osburn, Hamon, Fenton and many of the 20th century glass makers. Tim and I will be taking home some of our favorites, so let us know if there is a special piece that you have had your eye on!

We would like to thank our friends and clients for their patronage, and hope that you will look for us in the South Charleston Antique Mall mid June.

Tim and Linda King
"Kissin Kates Antiques and Collectibles"

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Reagan Vase

Elizabath - Thank you for the photo and email. I have no information. I will email the Director of WV Cultural and History. We'll post any info. hjh
I saw this on ebay and also at the Blenko Showin Charleston at the Cultural Center, can you check to see why the WV Cultural Center is selling this item? It is the Ronald Regan Vase sgined to Nancy Regan by WH Blenko in the 80s.
I'll look for the answer.

which is made up of a
Together Blenko calls this CRYSTAL CENTERPIECE

BLENKO has fallen victim to the global economioc crisis and ceased production in January 2009. These Highly Collectable Art forms will only rise in value over time, and have already realized a sharp increase in market value among collectors
FLARED VASE measures 22.5" tall with 8" base & 4.5" top opening
BOWL measures 11" diameter x 3" deep

BASE IS INSCRIBED as pictured:
Made special for Nancy Reagan
for the inauguration of Ronald
Reagan, the 40th President of the
United States Jan 1981
Blenko Glass Co.
W H Blenko

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

What's Available At Blenko Visitors Center?

Blenko always handmade, made in USA!
The number 1 questions in my email the last 30 days has been what's available at the Blenko Gift Shop / Visitors Center, and is it worth the long drive?

My Morgantown home is 3 1/2 hours away so I wrote to Christy at Blenko to ask, I'm publishing her response.

My own thoughts are: Driving to Blenko is always worth the trip, you will view highly skilled craftsmen making West Virginia Glass. Each visit is different, and its always educational, entertaining, and you never know what you'll find at the Visitors Center. Often they have one of kind items, end of day pieces and Designer rejects 'unadvertised' beautiful glass for 50% of the retail price.

Mothers' Day, Weddings, Birthdays, for any occasion BLENKO GLASS has a wonderful limited in number, colorful item of glass, fine quality, handmade West Virginia Glass. Why not gift your friend or loved one a one of a kind gift?

Remember BLENKO GLASS is the last remaining producer of antique glass in the United States.

Don't be caught buying IKEA, TARGET, Home Goods art glass - these items were not made by skilled craftsmen and they were NOT made in the USA.

Christy's response to your questions about Visitors Center.


The VC doesn't have any large stopper vases at the moment. We are slowly restocking after depleting almost all of our inventory in February when the future of the company was in doubt. The tables are full of glass, but most of the glass being produced is going out on wholesale orders. It it going to take some time to get things back to normal. We do have a small amount of pink ice available for Mother's Day. Also, the bluebird ornament is available for sale now.


NOTE: I'll ask Christy to let us know when the large stopper vases are available.

Another reader wrote to say the water bottles are available in all colors except cobalt, so if you are a waterbottle collector this is good news!


Sunday, May 03, 2009

Do You Daily Use Your Blenko?

Fireplace with Etched Blenko Glass - Henry Miller chairs with Vintage Blenko hourglass and lamp.

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Women of Design": Does anyone use their Blenko ? I see photos of shelves of Blenko but no real design.I have my new purchases in boxes as I decide where to place them. Help! If your Blenko is on display send a photo or send me a link to your photo.Anna Warton Publish this comment.

I use my Blenko tableware daily and Blenko is on display in my apartment. These photos are from the new Columbus place - but it'll give you a photo of Blenko in use. I'm certain other readers will have better photos. Please send your photos to theblenkoproject@aol.com for publication in the Heart of Glass. hjh

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Marble Festival - May 2nd

Description of Photos at bottom of page.

Press Release
Weston, WV – The 13th annual Marble Festival scheduled for May 2nd at the Community Building in Cairo, WV has an extra attraction this year. The expected 300 to 500 attendees will have the opportunity to view examples of marbles from The National Marble Museum Collection exhibit which is concurrently opening at its new home at the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia in Weston, WV. The exhibit, which curator Dean Six refers to as "awesome", runs May 1 though September 30, 2009. It features a broad scope of handmade contemporary marbles, American machine made marbles, classic European marbles as well as images, artifacts and games. Visitors will see items ranging from a first century glass Roman marble to well documented examples of Playrite, MF Christensen, Champion Agates, Marble King, Vitro Agates, Davis Marble Works, Akro and all of the major American marble producers. The announcement of the relocation of this collection from California was made at last year’s Fest and now it is on display for all to appreciate.
This year’s Marble Festival will focus on and honor marble maker ALOX of Missouri. As always there will be buying, selling, trading and displays about marbles as well as marble related toys and accessories. Games and marble making history add to the enjoyment of the day. Free marble identification is always popular with collectors who also appreciate free set-up, parking and admission. Homemade food on-site is another well-liked feature of the Fest.
Dean Six, who plans and executes the Festival, expects many marble enthusiasts to visit the museum in Weston to view the National Marble Museum Collection while they are in the area. Both adults and children can enjoy seeing the marbles, and play some games, from 12-4 pm, seven days a week through September 30, 2009.

The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia is open year round noon to 4:00pm daily except major holidays. Admission is free. It is easily accessible off I-79 exit 99 onto US 33 West for two miles to Main Avenue. A left turn onto Main and the museum is on the left at 230 Main Avenue. Begun in 1992, the museum relocated to its present location in 2007 and occupies 12,000 square feet with over 7,000 pieces of glass on permanent display. More information can be found at http://wvmag.bglances.com/. Questions about programs or the museum can be directed to 304-269-5006.
Vintage Machine Made Marbles
Photo courtesy of Susie Metzler for the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia

Large Contemporary Marbles
Photo courtesy of Susie Metzler for the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia

Friday, May 01, 2009

Amanda's Stain Glass Class Listing for 2009

Don't put off taking a Glass Class! Do it NOW. In the Charleston area - Amanda's Stain Glass formerly known as Martina's Glass is offering the following classes. (Use BLENKO GLASS www.blenkoglass.com in your project).
Hello everyone! All of us at Amanda's Glass Art hope that you are taking advantage of this beautiful weather we are having! I have scheduled classes through the end of the year so check out our website to get new dates or stop in our studio for a paper copy. I will include May and June's schedule within this email and I will try once again to email monthly or semi-monthly with future classes.
May Daytime Classes
May 2 & 9 Copper Foil Class Saturday 9am - 3pm
May 16 Beginner's Cutting Saturday 9am - 11am
May 16 Glass Repair Class Saturday 1pm - 5pm
May 30 Fusing Jewelry Saturday 9am - 3pm

May Evening Classes
May 4 Glass Repair Class Monday 6pm - 10pm
May 5,12,19,26,& Jun 2,9 Lead Came Class Tuesdays 6pm - 9pm
May 7,14,21, & 28 Copper Foil Class Thursdays 6pm - 9pm
May 13 Beginner's Cutting Wednesday 6pm -8pm
May 20 & 27 Fusing Jewelry Wednesdays 6pm - 9pm

June Daytime Classes
June 6 Beginner's Cutting Saturday 9am - 11am
June 6 Glass Repair Class Saturday 1pm - 5pm
June 20 Beginner's Fusing Saturday 9am - 3pm
June 27 Fusing Jewelry Saturday 9am - 3pm

June Evening Classes
June 3,10,17,& 24 Copper Foil Class Wednesdays 6pm - 9pm
June 4,11,18,25,& Jul 2.9 Lead Came Class Thursdays 6pm - 9pm
June 8 Beginner's Cutting Monday 6pm - 8pm
June 15 & 22 Fusing Jewelry Mondays 6pm - 9pm
June 16 & 23 Beginner;s Fusing Tuesdays 6pm - 9pm
June 29 Glass Repair Class Monday 6pm - 10pm
June 30 Beginner;s Cutting Tuesday 6pm - 8pm

Call or email us today to sign up!! You can reach us locally at 304-925-2355 or toll free at 1-800-813-2355 or email us at amanda@amandasglassart.com Thank you all for your business! From all of us here at Amanda's Glass Art - we wish you a happy spring!
Note: As a 5th grader I took my first formal stain glass class with Martina, you'll make a panel that is worth more than the class cost, and perhaps develop a life long hobby. hjh
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