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.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
My parents and I went to the First Appalachian Glass Festival several years ago - we took Shorty Finley and another retired Blenko Glass blower.
We stayed from 10 am until 8pm, the day was filled with games, glass demonstrations - I don't have a schedule for this year, but I'll post one very soon.
Mark your calendars.
If I'm not on call I plan to be there, interviewing older glass workers, eating funnel cake and playing Marble King marble games.
Everyone is WELCOME - There was no cover charge. Bring the children, food is available on site.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
311 Mercer St, Princeton, WV
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
311 Mercer St, Princeton, WV
Monday, October 26, 2009
Xander Blue fuses the mythical glow of old-world stained glass and the sleek style of high-tech construction; creating unique glass furniture for residential and business use. Each piece is custom made by designer, Andrew Ramsgard.
Today Xander Blue enjoys international recognition. Named to Glass Quarterly's Top Ten in 2003, it has since appeared in Paramount Pictures' The Stepford Wives and was prominently feature on the Bravo Network's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and HGTV's I Want That.
Interior Design Xander Blue furniture fuses the mythical glow of old world stained glass and the sleek...construction. From the intriguing Multiplication Tables to the seductive Ruby Bed, each piece is an enthusiastic blend of form and function, and an undeniable unique designs.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Vintage 1950s Blenko Glass Dimpled Design Table Lamp
For sale here is a fine vintage 1950s dimpled design Blenko glass table lamp. Super modern design in art glass! Measures 27" high by 8" diameter at widest. Sold without a shade. Excellent vintage condition, see my photos, with only the wear and patina expected of an item of this age. Sold AS-IS with no returns.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
A couple of the bloggers have asked about sites that sell Blenko. I’m listing a couple of my favorites. I may or may not have bought anything from these sites, but I like to browse. Have folks keep in mind, when I’m calling something “reasonable,” or “pricey,” I’m thinking in terms of what I’m willing to spend. Just for a frame of reference, I’m a nearly 30-year civil servant of the City of Los Angeles, with a passion for glass, but furloughed to the tune of a 10% pay cut due to the City’s deepening financial woes. Bottom line, I have income, but not unlimited funds.
Glasshouse: http://www.vmglasshouse.com/ This is Damon Crain’s site; he sells very good, sometimes very pricey examples of Blenko’s Historic Period (1947 – 1974). He also has sales, and you can sometimes pick up a very rare item at a reasonable price. Reasonable to me, anyway. Site is very well laid out, exquisite photos.
Retro Gallery: http://www.retroglass.com/client/index.php Located in Los Angeles, I’ve only driven by once on the way to a meeting, but even the building is vintage and cool looking. Nice pieces, but high prices, considering what I have been able to find by hunting. Site is well laid out, photos decent.
Glass Landing: http://www.glasslanding.com/ Site owned by two Blenko collectors. Not a lot of selection, but what’s there is very nice. Site easy to navigate, two successive pages of Blenko glass.
Ruby Lane Antiques: http://www.rubylane.com/ The ultimate online antique mall. If this was a brick and mortar store, I’d be there every week. Vast number of listings by different “booth” owners, some who know what they have, some who don’t. I have gotten some wedding presents through them. You can search by name, but know like eBay, not everything listed as Blenko actually IS Blenko. Try looking for “cat decanter” and see if you can’t find a Husted treasure.
Montano’s Glass Repair: http://www.montanosglassrepair.com/ I’m including Wayne Montano in my list because he has repaired one decanter and currently is repairing another for me. Reasonable price, FABULOUS work, I don’t know anyone else I’d trust with my Blenko repairs. I will do another post strictly on the repairs he’s done for me, with before and after photos. If you have an existing piece that the cat knocked over, or are considering buying something in less than perfect condition because the price is good, consider including repair work in the cost of the item.
Blenko has a list on their site of authorized vendors of new glass. For the vintage, and when all your other “usual suspects” have let you down, try Google. http://www.google.com/ I just now did a search for “blenko glass decanter,” and it gave me GoAntiques: http://www.goantiques.com/ I do not have any experience with this site, but it looks worth exploring. In the same search, I also found TIAS: http://www.tias.com/ Again, never shopped there, but it looks interesting. As with all online sites, be safe, check their purchasing policies, research what you are considering for purchase, and have fun.
Friday, October 23, 2009
What can you tell me of a Blenko collection called Variations,
when was it made how many pieces and do you have photos?
I don't have photos, Two people (steve bair of Charleston and Wayne Husted of Calif ) who know the most about this grouping - I'll contact. Wayne Husted designed the series of 12 vases for Blenko. Steve Bair did all artist work on the campaign ( I believe this to be true- check back for a factual statement and photos.)
Readers, Anyone have photos or info about this collection?
Note: Readers Wayne Husted has graciously agreed to write about the Varations Collection.
We need photos of this Collection - if you own Variations please send photos to
firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
Wayne's post will appear each month in November.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Will you be available to speak with my glass club on the subject of Collecting Blenko Glass on Dec 18? If not Dec 18 are you available in Feb?
Kersha, I'm printing your letter as I get 4 or 5 of these each month. I'm a full time GRP resident at Ohio State University. Until 6/2010 I am not available. My only scheduled vacation or off time is in late December and I plan to contact The Travel Professor (blogger at Huntington Herald with my budget and the #of days I have off - then he'll tell me where I'm going!) to ask for guidance re: destinations I can afford. I will not be thinking or speaking of glass during this holiday.
Keep reading, keep buying BLENKO GLASS and remember when you buy BLENKO GLASS you are buying Made In the USA! Support your local businesses when possible.
The link below is for the Travel Professor - if you haven't bookmarked this blog, do so. I read it weekly. He now has me convinced to use local travel agents. hjh
Click here: Blogs @ herald-dispatch.com: The Travel Professor
GAS returns to the Sonoran Desert in April of 2011 when the weather in Tucson is second to none. "Viva el Vidrio" will be the theme of the Downtown Tucson-based conference focusing on the cross-cultural relations in Glass Art between the American Southwest, Mexico, and Latin America. In addition to lectures and demonstrations related to the theme, there will also be a concentration on local assets, notably the University of Arizona, and the Tucson Optics and Solar industries. The U of A Mirror Lab (Hubble etc.), and local optics and solar researchers will provide a component of Glass and Science, while the U of A Material Sciences and Architecture Departments will offer insights into Glass and Technology. Glass Art will be featured at local galleries, the U of A Museum of Art, and the Tucson Museum of Art. GAS hopes to reprise the famous "Flame-Off" which started here during the 1997 conference. Pre, post, and during conference activities include the Kitt Peak Observatory, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson's Botanical Gardens, Mount Lemmon, and the Saguaro National Park, amongst others. Golfers, hikers, birders, and food connoisseurs will all find something here to pique their interests. Devotees will get their fill of demos at the Sonoran Glass Art Academy, at Philabaum Glass Gallery and Studios and with the CMoG Hot Glass Road Show.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Who Is She? That Lady?
That lady is . . . .
Tammy Kosla a founding member of the Blenko Glass Collectors Society.
Tammy and her friend Cherri Ooten are in the process of writing a 2 or 3
series for the Blog. Subject: The origin of the Blenko Collectors Society -
How it all began, who was there, what the first 16 months were like the 6 months
before they organized and the first year!
I know you are anxious to learn about this history of this group.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
311 Mercer St, Princeton, WV
email@example.com welcomes PHOTOS!
Hope you are getting enough rest these days. With the busy schedule
you outlined I am sure it is tough getting everything you do
accomplished. Just wanted to share a couple more photos for you to
post to the blog. First photo is of several different designs that
incorporate Crystal cased vases with weighted bottoms. From left to
right a Myers designed #6723 in Olive Green. Sheppard design #7525 in
Olive Green and finally a #9619 in Antique Green.
The second photo is of a pair of Myers designed #705's in Olive Green
and Turquoise filled with the latest blooms from the meadows around
our home. The Monarch Butterflies are making their way south and have
graced us with quite the migratory display this year.
Check out your local antique and flea markets and we found this on ebay - currently available.
Click here: Blenko Amberina lamp - eBay (item 320414532528 end time Oct-19-09 15:20:13 PDT)
30 inch tall Blenko lamp in amberina crackle. No chips dings or blemishes. All parts of this beautiful lamp are original. It also has an adjustable harp so that you can use your own lampshade. Insurance is included in shipping charges.
Monday, October 19, 2009
8:00 AM, October 16, 2009
Hillary,Stopped by a big mega-booth antique mall on the off chance a couple of weeks ago and found the following two pieces: #6418 decanter in Olive Green, made from 1964 through 1j960. That design and color were in the catalog all those years, so it could have been made at any point during that time frame. Pina's 200 book price is listed between $100 and $150 , this was tagged at $125 but was on a 30% off due to damage to the base off the stopper, so my price was $87.50. The damage is fairly significant chip but does not show when displayed. I was willing to accept the damage to the stopper for two reasons; I don't have one of thee decanters, and the body of the decanter is in beautiful condition . I plan to get in touch with Wayne Montano (http://www.montanosglassrepair.com ) , and get the stopper repaired. He's done work on my Blenko before, and I've never been disappointed. #9605 vase in Amethyst, 8.5" tall, made from 1996 through 1998. Original price was $10. Pina's 2002 book price is listed as the same as catalog price. It was tagged at $19.95 less 30% so I paid $14. Its in very good condition, no water staining, scratches or chips and I don't have one of these, so to me, it was worth the price.
This past week, I stopped in my local antique mall. There I found the 6224 L decanter in tangerine. The green one is an older purchase but I show it for comparison on sizes. The smaller one was made through 1968, the larger one only through 1966. The 6224 S is 7l/2" tall and is listed between $40 and $50 in Pina's 2000 book. I don't remember what I paid for it, but I am pretty sure it was no more than half of book price. The 6224 L is 10 3/8" tall and books between $70 and $80 in Pina's book. I paid $29 for it. That's always the kicker -what is it worth to you? There will always be "steals",such as Blenko Bruce's 99 cent steal, or a lady I know in Texas whose father picked up large original genie decanter in tangerine for 50 cents at a yard sale. Bottom line should be - Do you like the pice and the color and the condition? If it fits your budget, add it to your collection.
Keep up the good work.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&&item=320423978552&ssPageName=ADME:B:EF:US:1120 The lamps in this photo are available on line. An Ebay auction. The description and a link follow:
This is an aprox. 31 inch tall Blenko lamp in green crackle. It does not have any chips or repairs. Sits on the original base and has the original finial and lampshade. The harp is adjustable. The cord is also original and has duct tape holding the end plug together. The end of the plug is cracked. It does work but I would not use it until the end was replaced.
I thought your bloggers might enjoy the attached picture. I noticed the recent post about Dave Fetty. A few years ago I noticed that during their annual glass festival Fenton offered a glass-making class. I decided to sign-up because I was always curious to try my hand at this. I not only got to make a few pieces but I got the chance to make the piece in the picture with Dave Fetty. It was a great experience. Dave is a terrific guy. He explained every step as we went along and was very patient. My goal was only to not burn myself (or Dave). The result was a beautiful vase (and no burns). Dave also signed the piece and presented it with a certificate and a picture. For glass lovers, I can highly recommend this class and the class that Blenko offers during their festival of glass. I will spare the group any photos of the Blenko I made although Randy did a great job instructing!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
If you haven't bought appropriate Blenko logo wares - - - plan to do so before the next game.
Blenko Glass http://www.blenkoglass.com/ has a complete line of Collegiate items. These make wonderful gifts for CHRISTMAS, Graduation, Births, etc.
Think BLenko Glass . . . for all your gift giving occasions.
The combination is awesome - quality both!
Remember - BUY MADE IN THE USA and BUY LOCAL whenever possible! Blenko Glass made in West Virginia by West Virginians.
Friday, October 16, 2009
The first game of the series was played in Morgantown, West Virginia at Mountaineer Field on September 2, 2006 and was won by the Mountaineers 42-10. The location for the game will alternate every year between Morgantown and Huntington, West Virginia where Marshall plays at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
The trophy awarded to the winning team is called the Governor's Cup. It will be presented by the West Virginia Governor and housed at the university which wins the annual matchup. Made completely in West Virginia, the trophy is made of a carbon base, a glass pedestal, and football-shaped piece of coal enclosed in glass. It was designed by Rick Mogielski.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Pumpkins are Available in these colors:
Ralph Waldo Emerson said: " We fancy men are indivdiuals: so are pumpkins; but every pumpkin in the field goes through every point of pumpkin history"
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Matt, Wayne Husted is credited with the large floor vases made at Blenko Glass. You may want to consider purchasing at Blenko Glass. Several designs are currently being made, or have been made in the last 2 -3 years. This photo is of my favorite vase, I own this one in Ruby, Cobalt, and the old orange. Tomorrow I'll publish photos of other large floor vases available for purchase at Blenko Glass. My other suggestion for vintage is to check out the Blenko Glass inspired websites - look for photos you like, then either hire a glasshunter, or start going to estate sales. You might also check out Kissin Kate's website, Purple Moon (Charleston, WV) and Trophy Hair (Charleston, WV) .
*Tangerine & Topaz are a "Limited Availability" color. It is only made at certain times of the year. If you order any ofthese lines, it could take up to 3 months for delivery
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Collecting Blenko- Old and New
Blenko Handcrafted glass has been a growing collectible since the 1960's. Some in the world of glass collecting say it is one of the next, 'Must have' collectibles.
In 2003, the Blenko Collector's Society was created by a group of avid collectors. The Blenko Collector's Society is a small but growing group. They have a convention every year here at the Blenko factory in, Milton, West Virginia. For the convention Blenko makes special pieces available at the Visitor's Center just for convention attendees.
In conjunction with the Blenko Collector's Society, Blenko produces a piece exclusively for members of the Society every year. So far, 3 pieces have been produced. All pieces have the membership number etched on the bottom of the piece.
In addition to the convention and yearly membership piece, the Society publishes a newsletter every quarter. Tomorrow I'll do photos of the three pieces. Return for this.
For more information on joining the Blenko Collector's Society, please click on the link below:
Friday, October 09, 2009
If you have photos or information you feel should be included in the Blenko Project
site please attach to your email.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
I bought the Dalle, now I need suggestions for what to do with them? I have 3 dozen in different colors. Help!
Joe, What to do? This is limited only by your imagination - people use them in showers, in their yard, in art projects, to etch, for sushi platters, just to add color in a window.
Readers do you have suggestions for Joe?
Blenko Glass website - doesn't list projects for the Dalle but does have the following information and this photo of colors once available at Blenko Glass.
Dalle De Verre (Slab Glass)
Blenko Glass Company began producing Dalle de Verre in the late 1950's when the process was brought to us from France, making Blenko the first United States company to produce dalles. Blenko dalles are hand cast from soda-lime-silica glass and come in a wide variety of repeatable colors. Our hand cast method has not changed since we began making dalles. Dalle de Verre is relatively easy to design and construct, and is an excellent alternative to traditional sheet glass installations. Sample sets are available. Please contact us for availability and pricing
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
I can not but Blenko Glass website has a list of all authorized Blenko Glass dealers.
Also check out ebay, your local antique and flea markets.
Someone recently told me about Craig's List as a good source of Blenko. Good Luck!
Just had the opportunity to shoot a couple of photos that you can share.
The first is a couple of charcoal decanters that includes the one I
just recently found a stopper that would fit. The Tangerine stopper
should in actuality be Crystal but I like the impact it makes in the
#564. Works well with its little brother in crackle.
The second photo is just another chance to show off the Texas
wildflowers. In this case a Maximilian's Sunflower that Kayla
brought in from the bar-ditch. Late summer brings out these large
bloomers and what would look better in a Tangerine 5824-L.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
This one would make the perfect Holiday Gift for a Mom, wife, daughter, girlfriend.
Blenko Glass craftsman Randy Rider at Bronze Look for a limited edition signing, photos are from the Bronze Look located in Princeton, WV. The owner tells me they have a few bottles remaining. You may order by phone or email.
Readers, believe me when I say the photo of this bottle can't capture the charm, beauty and texture . This one you must hold to appreciate.
You'll want to place an order this week. Perhaps ask about pre -ordering the series. HJH