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, June 19, 2009

Blenko Stories - WV Birthday Collectors -WV Siblings

Siblings who collect glass together, and who just like hanging out together, best describes the relationship between Mike O and his sister JO of Evans and Ripley, WV.

Interestingly Mike has a policy of NEVER standing in line for ANYTHING! But when his sister JO saw this years Birthday Piece on line, she phoned him and they decided to drive to Milton. Hotel rooms were booked, and the two were on their way to owning their first WV Birthday Vases.

Mike and Jo each inherited a lot of WV Glass from various relatives, but both say they came to know Blenko as children - when Blenko Glass did the glass blowing demonstrations at the Ripley Fair. Mike recalled with a giant grin spending long periods of time mesmerized by watching Blenko workers create glass at the fair.

Mike and Jo never sell glass or buy anything to sell.

The two share many other hobbies - gardening, goldfish ponds, and a love of reading.


Anonymous said...

This made me long for a better relationship with my brother. Think today I will call and offer amends.
Thank you Mike O and Jo.

lewisphddvm said...

I enjoyed the stories also like the blenko the people series. Will you be continuing this?