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.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Walter Blenko - Blenko Glass

Twice now I have read about Walter Blenko, and the need to add his signature to my collection. Can you tell me more about Walter Blenko and where he fits into Blenko?
Laurie V.

Laurie - The official Blenko website offers the bio below. The Blenko website :www.blenkoglass.com, the Blenko Collectors 4, Blenko Collectors Society and Blenko project all contain valuable information. All are updated regularly. Hope this answers your question.

Walter J. Blenko, Jr. (photo) has been active in alumni affairs at Carnegie-Mellon University for many years, has served two terms as President of the Andrew Carnegie Society, and was a member of the Executive Committee and Executive Board of the Alumni Association. He has received the Alumni Association̢۪s Distinguished Service Award and is a member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His civic activities include 12 years as a volunteer fireman and an honorary membership in the Wilkinsburg Emergency Medical Service. He has served as a member of and secretary to the Hampton Township Zoning Hearing Board, and as a member and president of the Hampton Township School Board. Currently, Mr. Blenko has been serving as President of Blenko Glass since September 2008.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for working to keep Blenko in the news each day.
I miss West Virginia and the people, your blog keeps me in the loop.
Will I be able to meet you at the Festival of Glass in 2010?
With a year notice, I should find no excuse to keep me from WV for this glass weekend.
S. Cantees

Anonymous said...

A non blenko question, how is OSU treating ya?
Do you have plans to return to your WV roots?
If so when, if not where will you go?
Pete C.

Anonymous said...

Three cheers for Walter BLenko and the Blenko Family for supporting WV and WV Glass.
Suzie Belcher

glassbug said...

My idea of the year is to have home shopping include Walter Blenko
the man has charisma
and charm and is good looking.
He could represent Blenko and create interest and develope a new generation of buyers and devotee
Can someone make the contact?
When I watch the men selling the gems - - I think - - Mr. Walter should be doing this!
Impressive, he could speak of the family connection, the quality of the craftsmenship etc.
Perhaps Rider or some one could demonstrate TV sales are where its at. . . . majors sales in a few minutes.
Where is the marketing person, lets find someone and talk to Home shopping networks.

Anonymous said...

When will Mr. Walter be signing glass again?
Will you provide advance notice?