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Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Blenko Ram


This ran on Monday with incorrect labels and links. My error.
Should you discover an error or mistake please email theblenkoproject@aol.com. My goal is to provide accurate information, nothing new, and links that will allow new collectors to continue to learn about and discover beautiful, unique functional Blenko Glass .
A West Virginia Blenko Glass Collector, Dreama Wood acquired a Ram's Head last year - it was for most collectors the first opportunity to see ( other than on Damon Crane's website) the Ram's Head. This is one I would love to own! hjh note: : This photo and information is from http://www.vmglasshouse.com/

This sculptural Ram's Head vase represents not only one of Wayne Husted's very last figural designs but also one of his most mature and challenging ones. Produced for only one year, 1961, this form is exceedingly rare surely due in no small part to the susceptibility of the long thin horns to damage. Though not explicitly designated as bookends, the 1961 catalogue pictures two Ram's Heads being used "head to head" as bookends as well as vases. Such dual purposing is a wonderful indication of Husted's varied and fanciful inspirations common to his best designs.

As stated in the catalogue, the Ram's Head was only produced in Jonquil which normally appears as a very bright yellow, but thick walls were needed to produce this asymmetrical form, resulting in a darker amber-like coloration than what is normally associated with Jonquil. The thick walls also bring to light a great clue to the significance of this form; the asymmetry of this design is exceptionally unusual and a notoriously difficult thing to do with blown glass, thus the execution of this design required a tenacity and commitment on the part of the designer. website http://www.vmglasshouse.com/ for photos and description written by Damon Crane.

6 comments:

chitrakahn said...

Question for you Hilary
Does either of the Blenko Museums have this Ram on display?
If not, why not?

susan said...

Very nice, what do you hear of new designs?
Is there news of the future? Does Bayliss have plans that include surprise designs or limited editons?
We feel the interest in here for high end limited editon Blenko, what are your thoughts glass lady?

annu said...

Hillary, its called sleep deprivation and all med professionals have experienced.
Sad truth is soon you will function extremely well on 5 hours of sleep.
Good luck.
ps I figured out the correct link on my own.
or almost I thought it was Blenko Museum.

sweetdoc said...

Hey Hilary
we continue each week to shop the VC and spend as a group no less than 500 each trip.
Thank you for continuing the blog under duress and with little sleep.
Trust me on this, there is a life after, and it can be blissful!

chitrakahn said...

Damon Crain not Crane

glassbug said...

Oh, I see these on every street corner.