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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, 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.
www.fentonartglass.com
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.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

DOC THIS ISN"T BLENKO
BUT I FOUND IT AND THOUGHT EVERYONE COULD BENEFIT FROM THIS.
"One of the speakers will be Dr. Hassan Amjad M.D. of the Appalachian Academy of Herbal Medicine at Mountain State University. He was trained as a botanist and medical doctor, and has published the Medical Botany of Eastern United States, Medicinal Plants of Appalachia as well as fifteen other books and 50 monographs related to natural health and medicine. He will speak on three topics, The Health Benefits of Tea, The Medicinal Use of Flowers and Fibromyalgia.
Dr. Amjad states, “We have sponsored the only Tea Festival in the United States. In this workshop, we will teach people how to use tea for common use. I am convinced that those herbalists who don’t drink tea regularly are not herbalists in their heart”. He goes on to say, “The United States is not a tea drinking country. In this workshop I will show how to make a good cup of tea. We will look at the history of tea, how to make it, the culture of tea, its health benefits and the future of tea. I will have a surprise for the audience. Many think they can make tea but I will show how teas can be made from the same herb to help you sleep and to help you stay awake, depending on how you brew it.” Dr. Amjad will share recipes for teas for the flu season and other health inducing recipes.
“Five Million women in the United States suffer from fibramyalgia – which is often undiagnosed and mistreated by medical professionals” states Dr. Amjad, who will share his concerns and his treatments for the disease in the second presentation. He has published a book on all three subjects, as well as books on Teas and Flowers of West Virginia.
His third presentation is based on his book, The second volume of Flowers of West Virginia which covers their health benefits, history and use. He is intensely interested in the significance of flowers in human culture and how flowers influence our daily life. Goldenrod, now flowering in West Virginia is one of the flowers which have very good health benefits which he will share with those attending."

The cost of $30. includes registration and 2012 individual membership in WVHA. Send check for registration to Susan Patterson, Treasurer, Jackson’s Mill State 4-H camp 160 WVU Jackson Mill Weston, WV 26452-8011. For box lunch, add $10. before September 30th deadline. More information may be found on the website at www.wvherb.org
Fall 2009 Nutrient Management Planners CEU Training
HERBS, I BELONG TO THE EASTER USA HERB GROUP - I GROW THEM, THEY ARE GOOD FOR MOOD HEALTH AND MOST EVERY THING.
TEAS I DONT DRINK BUT AFTER HIS LECTURE I MAY GIVE UP MY HOMEMADE WINE AND MOVE OVER TO TEA
MOUNTAIN RITA
HORDER OF BLENKO & AMERICAN GLASS

Anonymous said...

Yet another of the glassworkers described as retired or older and yet the man looks very young.
What is the retirement age for glassworkers?
Mimi

Anonymous said...

Hilary
Its Sadie from MD.
Please post this, as a lot of east coast collectors read your blog
everyone is welcome.
Help us get the word out.
You are cordially invited to attend this rare event (see below) on Sunday,
October 11, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. that will showcase the life and work of Robert
A. Erlandson of Towson. A correspondent for the Sun, Erlandson spent 43
years as a journalist both overseas and within Maryland. In light of the
collapse of the news industry as it was configured throughout much of the
20th century, Erlandson's comments will serve to document a career path we
may never see again. Taking place in an informal setting, Dr. Glenn
Johnston, President of the Historical Society of Baltimore County, will
interview Bob regarding his life's story. Please distribute as appropriate.
Due to limited seating at the event, we ask that those planning to attend
reply to this e-mail or call the event sponsor, the Historical Society of
Baltimore County, at 410.666.1878.

Anonymous said...

continuaton from Sadie:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Historical Society of Baltimore County
410.666.1878
e-mail: info@hsobc.org
Web site: http://www.hsobc.org/

Former Sun Correspondent of 43 Years Speaks of His Career and History

COCKEYSVILLE, MD October 1, 2009 - Former Baltimore Sun correspondent
Robert A. Erlandson will discuss his life and career as a newspaperman on
Sunday, October 11 at 1:30 pm at the Historical Society of Baltimore County.
Having served as a foreign correspondent in Vietnam (1966-68), Latin America
(1969-73), and Europe (1979-83), Erlandson completed his 43-year career as a
journalist by writing about the history of Baltimore County. A longtime
Towson resident, Erlandson will appear at 1:30 PM at the Historical
Society's headquarters in the "Old Alms House" at 9811 Van Buren Lane,
Cockeysville, MD 21030.

After graduating from Johns Hopkins in 1953, Erlandson served aboard a "tin
can destroyer," qualified as a military parachutist, and reported as a war
correspondent during the Vietnam War. His reports from London concerning the
negative effect of VCRs on the British television industry in 1983 are
eerily similar to today's coverage of the World Wide Web's destabilizing
influences on the rapidly disintegrating newspaper industry. He has reported
on the terrorism of Northern Ireland as well as candidates for political
office in Brazil. His coverage of the crime spree undertaken by a fictional
frog highlighted the dangers of censorship in our school systems when the
children's book "Froggy Went A Courtin'" was temporarily removed from the
shelves of Baltimore County's elementary schools in 1996. Reading through
the hundreds of articles he has contributed to the Sun, one continues to be
impressed by the relevance of his work today.

When asked why the Historical Society of Baltimore County - more recently
known for its observance of Baltimore County's 350th Anniversary - should
take such an interest in hearing from a newspaperman, its president, Dr.
Glenn T. Johnston, observed: "If it is true that journalism is the first
draft of history, then Bob's articles will be required reading for future
historians. His eyewitness accounts from around the globe during the
latter-half of the 20th century will be the stuff from which our future
history is written."

Erlandson's appearance marks a new approach for the Society's educational
programs. "In the past, we've provided history for the sake of history" said
Johnston. "We are now embarking on a journey which will use history as a
tool to illuminate issues with which we are dealing today. No organization
can hope to survive in today's environment unless it can prove its relevance
to the community."
Individuals interested in attending are asked to reserve a seat by
contacting the Historical Society of Baltimore County at 410.666.1878 and
are reminded that admission is $5 for non-members. For further information
visit www.hsobc.org.

The Historical Society of Baltimore County is a 501(c)(3) corporation
chartered by the State of Maryland in 1959, whose members are dedicated to
interpreting the history of Baltimore County in all of its diversity and
richness.

- END -

Historical Society of Baltimore County
9811 Van Buren Lane
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Phani said...

I dont believe the art work on the glass is a product of glass making; isnt there an hand drawing artist involved? The 2009 Fenton collection is beautiful esp. page of the catalog. (http://www.fentonartglass.com/catalog/2009/PDFsJanEveryday09/2009Grp2.asp)

Wouldn't you agree B? I bet you cant keep your eyes-off the ruby vase!

glassbug said...

For three years now, since Hilary made me aware of Dave Fetty I have been buying Fenton / Fetty.
Fetty is an artist.

glassbug said...

More Fenton post please Hilary.
I now own over 200 Fenton - 50 are Fetty the remainder vintage.
Fenton continues to market and produce beautiful perfect glass.
Home Shopping gives them instant name recognition.

annu said...

Only a systems biologist with ticket punched can explain agelessness.

chitrakahn said...

How is Shorty Finley
I did not see him at the last
Blenko older worker day, is he living idependently, does he still reside in the Milton area?