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.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Kissin Kate Paperweights

Hi Hillary,
the last in the series of paperweight emails. The first few are by Charlie Gibson. These can range in price from $25 to$75. The last picture is a crystal paperweight with bubbles by Carl Erickson of Erickson Glass. Although Erickson Glass was in Ohio, Carl worked for Blenko in the late 1930's and early 1940's before leaving to open his own glass factory with his brother. Erickson was responsible for most of the "pre-designer" work at Blenko (prior to Anderson). We acquired this piece from Mrs. Ball in Milton. It is about 75 years old.
Kissin Kates Antiques


Anonymous said...

Superior craftsmanship!
This could be European glass.
Do you have more of Charlie Gibsons work? Where is his shop?
How does one find Charlie Gibson? I will assume he is a West Virginian or else Hilary would not be promoting Charlie correct?
Erma T.

Anonymous said...

A couple of notes. The Erickson picture was not shown as described in the note. Also, Mr. Gibson no longer makes glass.


Anonymous said...

Can you publish the Erison one?
My aunt collects this item.
Thank you.
Tim your photos are a welcome addition, keep em coming when & as you have time. In my dreams I will find a wife or family like you have one that shares my passions.