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


Visit www.blenkoproject.org to learn about West Virginia Glass. Made in WV Glass. The Blenko Project will soon be moving to a new website address - In 2010 I'll keep you posted.

Appalachian Glass Festival - April 22, 23, 24 th Weston, WV

Glass collectors, and people who want to learn more about West Virginia Glass will want to attend this festival.
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.

West Virginia Glass

Weather forecaster predicts a bright sunny weekend. Take your family on a road trip to search for West Virginia Glass.

From Morgantown, Clarksburg, Weston, Parkersburg, Charleston,

Beckley, TAMARACK, Princeton, google West Virginia Glass then choose your location.

Open today are Appalachian Glass, The Bronze Look, BLENKO GLASS, and Tamarack Happy Shopping!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Harry Thompson - Glass Worker From West Virginia

Why Did Harry Thompson leave Blenko, and what was his life like after - this was the most often ask ' Harry question' in my mail box . Today Harry's Son Larry Thompson writes about Harry's life. Larry also sent these photos from his collection of Harry's work. I'll post the other two later - Blogger is having difficulty with photos this day.

DR. Hillary, Many readers have asked why Harry Thompson (my Dad) left Blenko and what he did afterwards. I n the summer of 1966 a man came to our house named Jules Schanga from the head company of Indiana Glass, I watched them talk and saw Harry shake his head in the negative several times in the conversation. the next two times they met I wasn't able to watch them but the end result was that Harry was offered a 50% increase in pay and they would pay to move us to Indiana so that Harry could set up the handcraft shop and run it. Harry was also asked to find workers for the hand shop. Harry told me that he did not wont to personally talk to the Blenko men that he wanted because he did not want to influence their decision to move so he put typed notes on the cars of the workers he would to work with that read (meet me at the dodropin, something important) and Mr Schanga met the men that showed up. These men never new that Harry was involved until there first day of when they were told that they would meet there Forman. When they rounded the corner into the hand shop there stood Harry. They greeted like long lost brothers. The first items the made were from the old Bichoff molds. Harry wanted to make some fancy stemware but they would not make a good cristal fore him. Tom Connely and Harry worked on the GFC line. I was in the Service 1969 to 1971 so I dont know all the details but Harry had to get a halve a dozen people to agree on any thing he suggested, and when Virginia was diagnosed with Cancer he did not wont to argue with them any more so he went th work at Sinclair Glass in Hartford City In. Virginia passed away in 1972. Harry remarried in 1976 , retired, moved to Okachobee Fl. where he became a fishing guide and was an acquaintance of Rolan Martin. Harry passed on the day before fathers day 1999. Here are some of the first items made at Indiana Glass Hand shop.

Thank to all Larry T.

Hearing about and from Blenko Glass workersm learning their stories is one of my favorite activities and we're preserving the history of Glass Making in West Virginia.

Have a story to share about Glass making in West Virginia? Know a retired glass worker whose story should be told email me: theblenkoglassproject@aol.com HJH

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Blenko Drinking Glasses and Bar Ware

I broke several Blenko glasses, these are very old. They are bar ware glasses crystal with a circle of ruby.
Can I replace these? Does Blenko still make glasses and what is the cost?

Blenko catalogue states 2 styles of water glasses are currently in production. Photos below. Price is $36 from the catalogue may be less at the Visitors Center in Milton, W.Va.
My parents own a couple dozen of the bar ware glasses you mentioned. Today I wrote to Blenko to ask if they are still being made, and if they have available photos.
Check back for the answer.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gift Giving Solutions

Are you looking for a one of a kind Christmas Gift? We have the perfect gift! Randolph from the Bronze Look in Princeton, W.Va. sent this:
Bronze Look
(304) 425-5005
311 Mercer St, Princeton, WV
Photo is of Kelsey's carving of WV Black bears on a Frank Workman Vase that she does for us. I came up with the idea of having our black bears walking through the fall foilage. These sell for $950 and we only have three more blanks for a total of 6 being made. I also have her doing buffalos with mesas in the background.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Princeton Area Residents - WVU Tableware

For those Mountaineers in the Southern part of our great State.
The Bronze Look http://www.bronzelook.com/ has the items pictured available now.
Phone or drop by the Bronze Look.
Link for The Bronze Look in Princeton, WVa.
Bronze Look
(304) 425-5005
311 Mercer St, Princeton, WV

Monday, October 26, 2009

Xander Blue -

What to do with Slab Glass? Well if you are talented...(smile)...or if like me - without talent but you love American Glass -you could phone and place an order...these people are the best!

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.
Readers - Do you know a vendor using Blenko Glass? If so email theblenkoproject@aol.com so we can feature the product.


If you see a mistake in the Heart of Glass Blog please email theblenkoproject@aol.com so we can make corrections. We appreciate your notification of errors etc and your photos and comments.
Thank you.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Blenko Lamp - Where can I find quality Blenko Lamps?

This is another ebay post for a Blenko Lamp. When we receive photos of lamps available at the Milton Visitors Center I'll post. Until then check out the online dealers.

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

Where to buy Blenko?


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

Variations - A Very Valuable Blenko Series

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
theblenkoproject@aol.com Thank you.
Wayne's post will appear each month in November.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Vacation without Glass ?

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

Glass Arts Society 41st Annual Conference - Mark Your Calendar

Glass Art Society 41st Annual ConferenceTucson, Arizona, April 7-9,
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

Your questions: Where to purchase Blenko lamps..

This photo is for the folks writing to ask about Blenko Lamps - I don't have photos of the lamps available at the Visitors Center in Milton - - - when they arrive I'll publish. I am going to publish lamps available from ebay or local vendors. . . until the Blenko Glass Visitors Center is able to send photos. This one is currently (for 15 more days) available on Ebay. Click here: BLENKO LP 18 LAMP EMERALD GREEN - eBay (item 390103382702

Who Is That Lady ?

Photo of Tammy Kosla, The Past President and Founding member of Blenko Collectors Society.

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.
In November / December Tammy will contribute information and photos
from the Early Days of Blenko Collectors Society.
We'll do this once a week until we run out of material.
Photo of Tammy Kosla from 10/09. after leaving the Blenko Collectors Society Tammy turned her energy inward and began to take care of and think of herself


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Blenko Bottle (limited edition)

Hilary, Followed the link for that Perfume - Autumn Bottle made by Randy Rider. Interesting idea will Blenko do more of this with other vendors? Will you be giving us proper notice of these events . Letting us know on Wed when the Event is on Friday isn't sufficient notice. Also whats the story behind this bottle?

Cryrus - The following letter from Randolph the owner of Bronze Look. If you haven't ordered one, use the link and number listed here. hjh
Bronze Look
(304) 425-5005
311 Mercer St, Princeton, WV

The concept that I had with Blenko was to create a bottle series that would depict the seasons and be of the various colors and shapes to be of interest to the collectors. The idea of a perfume bottle size actually didn't work after we publicized it. The bottles are to large to be considered a perfume bottle. So we fell back to calling them the "Autumn Bottle". These were actually made the first week of autumn in 2009. Randy Rider did a very nice job on these. I liked meeting Randy and spending time with him and his wife at my gallery. Randy also signed every piece in the gallery that he created. His wife told us she liked the fairy vases in the gallery that Kelsey Murphy had done. I provided Kelsey with an owl vase that Randy had signed as his and she is carving a Fairy on the vase. Hopefully the piece works out.
Anyway my plan is to proceed with the second bottle limiting the edition size to 69. I expect the bottle to sell very well this holiday season and will have enough for publication in our upcoming catalog. The first 69 bottle collectors will be able to buy matching numbers.
We appreciate any publicity that you provide to the glass industry and galleries that support the artists of West Virginia. Ron Hinkle has designated our gallery as the preferred gallery in southern West Virginia for exhibiting his glass. We also have a nice selection of cameo glass by Kelsey Murphy and Robert Bomkomp.
Right now we are looking forward to Nancy Fenton coming to the gallery in the 7th of November.

Randolph Evans

Pumpkins - Oct - Nov The Season is Here!

The large photo is from a new Columbus reader - Gayle - who reminds me the 'reason for the season' is the Children! Take your children to BLENKO GLASS www.blenkoglass.com or a pumpkin field, or corn maze (google these to find one in your area) - - or perhaps invite children over for a night of board games (read the instructions its been a long time!). hjh
theblenkoproject@aol.com welcomes PHOTOS!

Blenko Photos from Texas

Texas Blenko . . . .need I say more?

Hi Doc,
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.

Blenko Lamps

While we wait for photos of lamps - available at the Blenko Glass visitors center -

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


Learn about Blenko glass - the history - www.blenkoproject.org
We're planning an update to the website
your suggestions for improvements and / or additons are
welcome - please email theblenkoproject@aol.com .

California Find -

OK - I retyped this four times - let me know if this works! My apology to Diane also a big Thank You for the great photos and informative script. hjh

I 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 1969. 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 2000 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 of the stopper, so my price was $87.50. The damage is a 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 these 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. It’s 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 to 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 7 ½” tall, and is listed between $40 and $50 in Pina’s 2000 book. I don’t remember what I paid for it, but 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 the “steals,” such as Blenko Bruce’s 99 cent steal, or a lady I know in Texas whose father picked up a large original genie decanter in tangerine for 50 cents at a yard sale. Bottom line should be - Do you like the piece and the color and the condition? If it fits your budget, add it to your collection
8:00 AM, October 16, 2009

CA Finds

I'm republishing this with an apology to Diane for the text mix up - I had blogger on automatic, I once again forgot Blogger doesn't readily accept cut and paste. HJH

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.


Rainbow Glass

Readers always email me to comment on WVJanis' photos. Thank you WVJanis this colorful photo of WV Glass. hjh Text is corrected - Blogger doesn't handle cut and paste - some day Hillary will remember what Blogger likes and dislikes.
Hillary: Here is a photo I took at the West Virginia Museum of American Glass in Weston, WV. The glass museum is WELL worth a visit. When I was there recently, Dean Six and some others (board members??? volunteers???) were cataloging a recent acquisition, a donation of 500 pieces of glass. Daunting, to say the least! If you are at the age where you are downsizing, this museum is a great place to send your glass. People like me can go and spend hours looking and learning.

The glass in the photo is not Blenko but a Blenko cousin, Rainbow Glass. Rainbow Glass was located in Huntington, WV. According to the Blenko Glass Collector's Website (The Blenko Four), Rainbow Glass was founded in 1940 and existed in some form until 1973 when it was sold to Viking Glass. Great colors, creativity, I love the glass that has the white on it.

WV Janis

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Where to Find Blenko Lamps ? (continued)

Several readers (Matt, Alex, and Clara) wrote to ask if we could help them find Blenko Lamps. We wrote to Blenko Glass for photos of lamps currently available in the Milton gift shop - until this information and the photos arrive - I'll be publishing information about lamps available on the web or in any antique or flea market. Do you have lamps available for purchase? If so send the photo and info to theblenkoproject@aol.com together we can assist these new collectors with finding great Blenko Lamps.
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.

This one was made by Tim of Kissin Kate's


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

WVU and Marshall University

The entire state of West Virginia will be watching the COAL BOWL this day.
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.

Southern Living and Blenko Glass

I grew up in a home where SOUTHERN LIVING was the magazine, my Dad test the recipes and I love to look at the photos. Southern Living and Blenko Glass both have always been in our home.
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.

Blenko Glass just sent the following announcement:

Blenko has been highlighted as a "Southern Icon" in the Made by Southern Hands section of the October 2009 Southern Living. If copies are sold out in your area you can still see the article online at the link below.


Friday, October 16, 2009

COAL BOWL -- WVU & Marshall -

Photo provided by Webmaster Steve. This trophy was made in West Virginia by West Virginia craftsmen.
In this game - the state is a winner! WVU and Marshall continue to play this series. This year the game is at the Milan Puskar Stadium a more beautiful stadium doesn't exist. Click here: Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .
Webmaster Steve provided the following information about COAL BOWL.
The Friends of Coal Bowl is an annual college football game played between the West Virginia University Mountaineers and the Marshall University Thundering Herd. The game is sponsored by the Friends of Coal, a coal industry trade group. Planned to be a seven year series, the Friends of Coal Bowl was organized by the West Virginia Coal Association at the urging of West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin.
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.

Fenton Glass website has the following information about this trophy.
Note: Trophy was made by Dave Fetty & Co. of FENTON GLASS
The football’s glass casing and pedestal were done by Fenton Art Glass of Williamstown. The coal was supplied by Kingstown Mining Inc. near Scarbro, but wasn’t ready to work with.“I gave it to Rick and it turned out it had too much moisture in it, as it was naturally delivered to us,” said Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association. “We had to take it, pulverize it at SGS Minerals in Charleston. They pulverized it, put it in the oven and dried it out and got it to the consistency the fellow in Ansted could work with.”That fellow was Robert Dickenson of Mountaineer Coal Creations. He liquefied the coal and inserted it through a tiny air hole in the glass, filling out the football.GrafTech in Clarksburg provided the carbon base. Casto Tile and Marble of Charleston did the face plate and mounting, and Curry Bros. Monuments of Alum Creek did the laser engraving, etching the governor’s seal in the base and the “laces” in the football.Snyder, who acknowledges “the blood pressure is going up” in the Marshall camp, offered his stamp of approval.“What we started out with, what we wanted was a very unique trophy,” Snyder said. “We wanted something that would catch peoples’ eye when it was in the trophy case, either in Huntington or in Morgantown, as it travels with the winning team over the seven-year series.“Being involved in some of these games [as an assistant at Ohio State] that involve a trophy, the Axe [Paul Bunyan’s Axe, Minnesota-Wisconsin], the Floyd of Rosedale [Iowa-Minnesota], Old Oaken Bucket [Indiana-Purdue], all the old rivalries, it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing. There’s nothing more exhilarating than picking up the trophy after the game for the winning team.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cold Weather Predicted for Coal Bowl 2009

If you haven't purchased your WVU or Marshall University

Blenko Glass logo tableware this is the last call before

Blenko Glass has lowered the price on the WVU and Marshall
Logo Tableware.

Check them out!

The best pre and post game parties have BLENKO GLASS ( WVU or MU) logo
filled with goodies on their tables.
Bring your blankets, hot chocolate, your BLENKO GLASS and your Pride In Our Great State . . . . it will be a great football game.

Ralph Waldo Emerson / Blenko Pumpkins

Ralph Waldo Emerson said: "We fancy men are indivduals; so are pumpkins; but every pumpkin in the field goes through every point of pumpkin history."

In years past, you wrote about Blenko pumpkins, gourds, and fall items. Also the Milton Pumpkin Festival. Did Blenko not make pumpkins this year? Was the Milton Pumpkin festival cancelled?

Blenko does have pumpkins this year in all sizes and price range: From $8 (mini) to $65 giant.

While I don't have pumpkin photos on my computer - these two are from the Blenko Website - the web site reports:
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

www.glasshouse.com - Vintage Blenko Glass

www.vmglasshouse.com I goofed when Matt ask for a source of large architectural Blenko Glass.
Damon Crain's on line shop also has high quality vintage architectural Blenko. hjh

Pink Ribbon Update

From breast cancer walks to pink ribbon gear, there are a lot of ways to promote breast cancer awareness for National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Show your support and raise awareness by wearing some popular pink ribbon gear.
Blenko Glass in Milton, WV is making a pendant - medallion on a rope chain in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Pink Glass medallion with ribbon design. Blenko will be donating a percentage of the Pink Ribbon Products purchase to local Breast Cancer Research. Specifically the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and the St. Mary's Pink Ribbon Fund. Check on line for prices, there was a typo error in the price listed on Heart of Glass.
Phone 304 743 9081 or order on line. Available now!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Blenko 3203

Doc Glasslady, Recently we purchased a home filled with windows. I'm looking for the large Blenko Glass bottles, can you post photos and what price I should pay, also helpful would be a list of good sellers for these items.
Matt Hall

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) .
Good Luck!

Available in:
*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

Blenko Glass - New Website!

Click on http://www.blenkoglass.com/ Blenko Glass has a new and updated website! You'll want to visit the new website.

Reader - Tom C. brought to my attention the new website, Tom mentioned he likes the addition of the calendar but misses the larger photos, and what he called friendly accessibility of the old site.

Charles Darwin said : "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com changes meet your needs.

Buy BLENKO GLASS. Buy Made In America. Support your Local Community, buy local whenever possible!
Note: Photo of Autumn Bottle - by Randy Rider
available only at the Bronze Look in Princeton, W.Va.
cost is about $60. http://www.thebronzelook.com/ Limited edition #1 of 4.

Monday, October 12, 2009


Learn about Blenko Glass. The history of Blenko Glass. Educational site http://www.blenkoproject.org/ . Teachers, parents, grandparents, teach your children about the history of glassmaking in West Virginia.
photo of Bella - a Bayliss Team design for Blenko Glass.

Blenko Glass PINK RIBBON medallions and keychains

BLENKO GLASS and the American Cancer Society join forces to present these medallions and keychains - Cost is minimal, you'll want to order several while the supply last. These arrived TODAY - Order now! http://www.blenkoglass.com/ 304 743 9081

Here are some pictures. It's hard to get a good one since the color is so light, but Idid the best I could. For price info and to order Call the Blenko Glass office. They are selling very fast. phone the office to order 304 743 9081
Key chain also available phone for price

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Blenko Lamps - A pair!

This is a set of 2 - what could be more perfect? Made in West Virginia - handcrafted Blenko Glass.The lamps pictured are available either on line or on ebay - - - when we receive photos of lamps currently available in the Milton Blenko Glass shop we'll publish. Ebay listing # 330355104710
The listing states:
These are 2 blenko lamps measuring 27" tall from the base to the top of the lamp. This is not including the actual light bulb part. 27" is just the glass lamp. the base is 11" maybe a little more as it is hard to get acurate with a yard stick. the lamps sit on top of a wood base(maybe teak?) The wood is great. Felt bottom on one, no felt bottom on the other. The finials are 4". These are Beautiful and awesome. They work great, howeverr with vintage lighting you want to have it checked out before use.

Blenko Collectors - Limited Editon Items.

These were available for purchase by members of the BLENKO GLASS Collectors Society. If you have photos of other Blenko Glass Collectors Items please send photos for sharing to: theblenkoproject@aol.com

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Collecting - Blenko Glass

The Blenko Glass website has the following info:
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

Blenko Blanks


I want to use as wedding favors the piece of glass you gave my brother during white coat ceremony. How much does this cost? Is it available in pale blue? What is the cost of etching?
Who do I contact?


Mr. WH Blenko kindly gifted my entire Dental Class in 07 with a blank which was engraved with WVU White Coat Ceremony.
These are certainly available, color is something you need to speak with Don Lemley about.
Phone 304 743 9081.

The Blenko Glass website has the following photos and info about the BLANKS.
The Blenko Glass Company produces "blanks" suitable for etching, engraving and sandblasting. Please note that sizes are approximate.
Cost is $10 to 22 depending on size
some photos available on the website.
Note: These can be used for any purpose. As a remembrance of a Birthday Party, Wedding, Special Event or to reward volunteer efforts.

The Blenko Project - www.blenkoproject.org

We need your suggestions for improving the website. Please write to theblenkoproject@aol.com with suggestions for improvement.
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

Blenko - Dalle De Verre

I bought the Dalle, now I need suggestions for what to do with them? I have 3 dozen in different colors. Help!
Joe M.
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

Where to Buy Blenko?

Hillary - I live in Montana. Want to collect Blenko. Can you provide a list of stores within 100 miles? George D.


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!

More Photos from Bruce

HI HIllary,
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.

Bruce Specht

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Dave Fetty - The Blenko / Fenton connection

Photo of Dave Fetty working at Fenton Glass.
Handcrafted glass artistry since 1905. Handmade blown and pressed glass in a variety of shapes and colors. Handpainted decorations and many other unique products.
The Bronze Look. 311 Mercer St.PrincetonWV24740. Phone (304) 920-2081, 921-2081 or 425-5005. offers FENTON, BLENKO and many other WV Glass artist.
www.thebronzelook.com/ Note: A Fenton signing will be taking place at Broze Look on November 7th - check back for additional info.
Dave Fetty and Blenko's Shorty Finley have remained friends for more than 30 years, the two frequently speak on the phone about glass, world affairs and their families. Fetty and Finley both gifted craftsmen.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Bronze Look - Blenko Glass Limited Edition Perfume Bottle

Bronze Look 311 Mercer Street, Princeton, WV phone 304 425 5005.
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


The middle picture is of the staff here with Randy from left to right is Ben Lambert, Randy, Tammy Galligher and Randolph Evans the owner.