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 31, 2009


Are you a new collector of West Virginia Glass? Did your Holiday Gifts include colorful West Virginia glass ?

If it did and you want to learn more about Blenko Glass and West Virginia Glass check out http://www.blenkoproject.org/ we'll be making major changes to the http://www.blenkoglass.org/ website this summer, our goal is 1). to include more West Virginia Glass Companies (new and old) and to add and feature the retired glass craftsmen who have worked or are working in the tri state.
2) Keeping alive the ' glass heritage,' having children learn and discover the rich history of glass making in West Virginia.
3) To promote any and all glass making , glass design classes within driving distance of West Virginia.
4) To stimulate your desire to collect glass and to learn more. To feature glass available for sale.
5) To promote WV Glass and Glass makers.
We welcome your visit, your comments, and please tell your friends to stop by.

Note: Photo of Blenko Punch bowl set from a Georgia collector, we received 2 dozen + emails asking where to purchase this. This set is beautiful, and on my wish list. Like Bruce and Deb of Texas, if I had the punch bowl I'd be forced to host parties with cookies and punch. Delightful Blast from the Past!


Anonymous said...

Oh how I long for this set.
My mother tells me in the 70s everyone had punch bowls, she was able to come up with crystal cut glass she tell me this was made in the Wheeling WV area and purchased in a Philadelphia store, anyone know anything about Wheeling WV glass?
I now have a punch bowl and cups from wheeling, wv.

westvirginiajanis said...

Hillary: You are already doing all of the above. Maybe the newspaper can find a journalism student at Marshall to help with the blog while you are working so hard in your internship.

Your readers love WV Glass so much and this blog is the closes thing to a forum we have. You provide a great service. I'll take whatever you have time to give us. Thank you for all of your effort. And, so happy you and your family are OK after the car accident.

Here's to a great 2010 for all of us. I hope to spend even more time in WV and am hoping for a 2010 BLENKO birthday piece that matches the 2009 decanter. It reminds me of an Elizabethan era lady with that flared collar, blue glass skirt, and crystal ball head. I'm hoping for a "gent" decanter (black straight body, clear or milk glass head, I can see it now). Whatever the result, let's hope Bayliss is involved. He and his, now-wife, were so incredibly charming, happy for BLENKO, and very informative at the 2008 Birthday event.

Time to put on some Jimmy Sturr polka music and prepare for New Year's Eve................

Anonymous said...

My family and I together think you do way too much for Blenko Glass with very little support, I read your comments {will post photos or info when it arrives from Blenko}, {we have written to Blenko, will post when info arrives}.
What is the problem with Blenko, I am assuming they either gift you the entire new line each year, or else you purchase glass way below wholesale - which is nothing when compared to your daily efforts.
Blenko needs to examine their priorities, vision for the future and put aside petty jealousy.

Anonymous said...

In knowledge we can prevail.

Seek, find and spread the Truth !

You do not allow negative tho truthful comments about Blenko.

What is happening now? The good people are leaving, forced to leave,
if this keeps us Katie will have to blow the glass she travels all the time to sell.
Why? Ask why? Seek answers, when we give you knowledge accept.

Anonymous said...

I would very much like to join you on Facebook and twitter
please allow.
Sean V.

Hillary J Homburg said...

We have no facebook or twitter account.
Thank you for your continued interest in Blenko Glass.

Anonymous said...

I have been around watching if you will, Blenko will never repay Hillary or her Mother for all they do. The only employee that I have ever heard speak about how much they do was Mr. Lemley. He was talking about the visitor center work during his class this past year.(which I got to take finally). I am going to take a one on one class soon Mr. Lemley said he would help me do a sunburst when I took my next class.

Anonymous said...

Good luck anonymous on your next class. Lemley does not work at Blenko anymore. He might teach you a class in his garage. LOL

sweetdoc said...

I have returned to this photo more than 2 dozen times.
Ask this couple for more photos.

Dr.BOB said...

Read the blog before you comment.
36 months ago Hilary wrote, she receives no discount, no free glass, and very few photos from Blenko.
She may be treated with same contempt as the BCS .
Hilary if this has changed, and you are now receiving discounts and free line each year, report this, then we'll move on to another complaint.

Dr.BOB said...

Any word about Don Lemley? Was he rehired?

Anonymous said...

dr bob

that will never happen, everybody knows she does not care for lemley. we all know it but we cant do anything about it we need our jobs to. We miss him at the factory the place is not the same. We could go to him with any problem work or personal he would help. If she will fire him none of us are safe, it makes working days long. Whos next.

Anonymous said...

I would be willing to bet the Blenkos don't know the truth about Lemley. They know what they were told. Somebody needs to talk to Walter.

Anonymous said...

I am with Assistance League S/P-S/B, an organization I volunteer with and I am in charge of the Consignment
Dept. We have just received the very same punch bowl listed on your web site for our consignment shop and we are trying to put a price on this item. We know it is a very special bowl and it is very likely it is Blenko.
This bowl comes with the same glass tray and 13 cups.
It is a very thick glass and a gorgeous color of green.
Comments on price would be appreciated.
Thank you.
R. M. Stratton
SanPedro Ca

Hillary J Homburg said...

If you will email theblenkoproject@aol.com and include a photo we will
get back to you with all available info re: age
and estimate of value.