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.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Restoration Glass - Blenko Glass - Don Lemley

Antique Sheet Glass

Blenko produces two varieties of Antique Sheet Glass.

These varieties include wood mold or smooth texture, and iron mold or mottled texture.
Iron mold texture is available in both colored and clear. Our clear, smooth glass, is also considered to be the original "Restoration Glass." It is used in the repair and replacement of window glass in many early buildings and homes.Sample sets are available.

Please contact us for availability and pricing.
Don Lemley
at Blenko Glass 304 743 9081

Blenko Antique Stained Glass Sheet
Blenko Glass is proud to have manufactured the glass used in churches around the world, including the "Rose Window" in the Washington Cathedral. The "Rose Window" truly represents the beauty of mouth-blown glass.
The Transmitter, November - December issue, 1962 The famous Rose Window of Washington Cathedral was designed by Joseph Reynolds. The design highlights glass made solely by Blenko Glass Company, of Milton, WV. Joseph Reynolds states "this design is based upon imagery as described in Chapter 4 of Revelations, embodying St. John's vision of heaven. God, robed in a mantle of brilliant gold, is enthroned and crowned. Outside the six-lobed center foil and radiating from it are 24 petal-shaped openings. In these openings and surrounding the throne is the rainbow, described by St. John, and outside this are the Four and Twenty Elders holding their Golden Crowns.

Don Lemley provided the photo and this explanation of the photo:

"In the 12 six-foiled openings forming the perimeter of the rose are suggested the 12 gates of heaven, the angels guarding them, Seraphim and Cherubim, and finally, biblical and saintly personages who by their acts on earth achieved eternal glory in heaven," continues the description."Throughout the entire composition, the emphasis is definitely symbolic, never pictorial. Rhythmical shapes and lines draw attention to the central focal point of the rose, where the majestic figure of God, the Father, is enthroned.


susan said...

don lemley is a rennasiance man. blenko could use more Lemley

Anonymous said...

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Heart of Glass said...

The allow comments was turned off
my bad - note: only comments related to the topic of Blenko Glass, history or collecting Blenko are being posted.
I agree the world could use more Don Lemleys'

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