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, September 11, 2009

Reader Writes - Blenko workers in Calif

Thank you to Larry T., Bruce, Diane, R.J, and others for your pictures, post and articles. This blog is a ' community effort' people who collect Blenko, people who just love Blenko and people who want to know a small family owned factory in a small West Virginia town will be making hand crafted glass when their grandchildren have children. Together we can make this happen.
Keep buying Blenko. Keep telling your friends, and co workers the Blenko story, and continue to send your stories, photos etc.
The new collectors, and the wannabe collectors and I greatly appreciate your words, your photos and your continued support. HJH
I see that we have California readers so i thought that i would tell everything i know about Harrys, trip to California. In or around 1959 Blenko was shut down Harry and three other blenko workers heard about a glass factory in California that needed workers. So the 4 of them piled in dads 58 impala , pooled there money and headed to California. They took turns driving and it still took 3 days of non stop driving. When they stooped for gas or food they would send postcards from that that town. I remember one that read Here lies Lester Moore 4slugs from a44 no less no more. From Tombstone Az. I believe the glass factory was in Santa Ana, they spent a week there blowing glass. Harry called and said that they blew probably 150 peaces and they were excited about there work but the factory was poorly set up,junk everywhere and over 100 inside with an outside temp of 70 so it would probably be 140 in the summer. They talked it over and decided not to stay. So there is a remote possibility of some of these peaces of glass floating around southern cal.
Larry T.
Just a thought, do you have photos, do you know the names of the other workers?


Anonymous said...

The photos from Bruce, WVJanis
and Calif are among my favorites
The devotion Thompson feels to his Dads memory is also inspiring.
I like to learn about other peoples glass and their collections.
More Please
also where to find or buy these thing.
Any blenko collectors who are also sellers?
If so tell us about them.

glassbug said...

I collect and then I sell an item when I find a similar one in better conditon.
Also my collection in the beginning was a grouping without
Now I collect only Winslow or items with sandblasted Blenko
and of course any end of day item deemed unique, when it crosses my path.

glassbug said...

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