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, July 08, 2009
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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.