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.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
A website and ebay store are linked to this store.
The Bronze Look sell glass from many WV Glassmakers, it deals only with high quality items, preferring one of a kind or limited edition items. Check out The Bronze Look www.thebronzelook.com Randy Rider's (Blenko Glass) Autumn Bottle was a feature item this fall.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Would you kindly post photos of any and all Face Vases made by Blenko Glass.
I want to add these to my collection of Face Vases.
If you can include the year made and the available colors I would also appreciate this.
Also how much I should pay for each.
If I had either the time, the knowledge or a great desire perhaps I could.
I'm a full time GPR resident at Ohio State University.
I will post your request and perhaps collectors and readers will respond with
photos and some of the info you desire.
My favorite Face Vase - is the Husted Face Vase in the Variations Series sold
to less than 15 people and it was a limited edition. The face is said to be that of Husted's youngest child. I'll find and post a photo of this one.
Readers: Will you please help Thomas in his desire to learn about Blenko Face Vases?
Nothing goes better with 'Blenko shopping' than a cup of joe. Meeting at a bookstore to browse Glass Books, have a cup of coffee and then off to flea markets, vintage stores.
A reader from La. who like Heart of Glass, and loves coffee sent this link. The download is free. The subject is NOT Blenko, but coffee. Its a cold winter day, grap some coffe and drive down to Blenko Glass, Milton, WV.
Note: Blenko does not make coffee mugs, however, a number of the older Blenko glasses can be safely used for coffee and coffee liquor drinks.
Author: Ukers, William H. (William Harrison), 1873-1945
Publisher: New York, The Tea and Coffee Trade Journal Company
Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Language: EnglishDigitizing sponsor: GoogleBook from the collections of: Harvard UniversityCollection: americana
Friday, January 29, 2010
Gentleman, which are you? A Frog or a Prince?
Return for the Heart of Glass V-Day test.
Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com is boasting a large supply of Red and Pink glass for this Heart Day occasion.
Red or pink not your thing....consider buying water bottles for all the ladies in your office, then go to Aldi or Kroger for fresh flowers.. . . . you have wonderful, special, individualized gifts for much less than an FTD arrangement.
Give the gift of WV GLASS, a lifetime gift. Then for other occasions (Easter, Anniversary, Bday) you can re fill the glass with fresh flowers.
BUY MADE IN THE USA. Buy local as often as you can.
Today is Steve Rowe's Birthday! If you see Steve Rowe today say Happy Brthday!
Margie Hale sent a note to remind me : Rick Blenko had a birthday this month also!
Happy January Birthday!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Will you ask the blog readers who send a photo of their favorite Blenko and why its their favorite?
Our group is new to Blenko, we have collected as a group Cambridge Glass and we all love Fiestaware. We started with Blenko last year.
To be honest, we need photos of items to search for. No one of us has a catalog, and the Pina books are limited in scope.
Even if you post just one a week, we can copy and keep in a note book. Or if you have suggestions for what to collect we would appreciate this also. Don't tell us to collect the Birthday. We bought that this year and we have photos of the other 30, and it maybe impossible to find all these.
Like you I am trying to put together a new Birthday Collection.
I've started a Blenko ashtray / lighter collection - but to be honest, I have only 2 and its been 3 years.
The pink (old rose color) glass is one of my favorites and when I see any affordable item in this color I'll purchase.
Otherwise I buy only items that are very special - a Husted cocktail pitcher, or pitcher with unusual handle.
My Mom collects water bottles, and my Dad just loves Blenko ruby - he'll buy anything in this color.
We'll post your questions and wait for readers to respond with photos and or suggestions for your group.
c/o The Blenko Project
We have several items we believe to be Blenko Glass, may we send you photos for help with identification.
Maggie & Tom
Yes, you may send photos of your American Glass and we'll ask the Blog readers to assist, we can't guarantee your photos will be published or the glass identified.
However, if the glass is WV Glass the odds are in your favor for posting.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
photo from Heart of Glass friend Bruce S.
Our friends from Iowa ask for photos of vintage Blenko for their 'we want' notebook. The request was " can you post photos of the non sexy - no unusual faces or designs - but good designs that we can as a group look for."
In response to the request Bruce S of Texas sent several photos of
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
As a NC native I grew up with an awareness and appreciation for Blenko glass. Now, many years later, as an upstate NY antiques dealer I always have an eye out for it.
Last week I bought this floor vase and would love some more info about it. As I start to research it, its looking like it may be more rare than I originally thought.
Sorry I don’t have a better picture of it at this time. The vase measures 26” tall and is in excellent condition with its original Blenko paper label.
Any info or resources you have for me would be very much appreciated.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I hope your New Year is off to a great start.
I am sending these photos in answer to your call for such.
The first is a group of Myers designed 64B's in Honey, Tangerine, and Peacock.
The second is a grouping of Myers 64D's in Olive Green, Turquoise, Tangerine, Plum and Pine.
The third is of a pair of Myers 64E's in Turquoise and Jonquil.
And finally for your crackle folks a trio of 64B's in Lemon, Turquoise and Tangerine.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
A friend from Tamarack phoned to say " we have hearts and V Day items from over 10 vendors" . This year for V-Day BUY MADE IN THE USA! Buy local when possible.
Check out Osburn Glass, Milton, WV
and Tamarack in Beckley.
Friday, January 22, 2010
One of the easiest things for new collectors to find in vintage hunting is the #384 Blenko water bottle. Many collectors bypass the water bottle, because it is so easily found. I collect it for that reason, and because it has been in the Blenko catalog since 1938, you can find it in nearly every color Blenko ever made. I have twenty one, in different colors, plus three etched bottles from the first three Blenko Collectors Society conventions. The first one I used as an autograph book at the first convention, and got as many designers’ signatures as I could.
I have found good quality vintage bottles for as little as $10, and paid as much as $75 on eBay for a vintage ruby bottle. Currently, Blenko has water bottles available in the following colors for $42 plus shipping: Crystal, Topaz, Tangerine, Cobalt, Clover, Spring Green, Electric Blue, Ocean Blue, and Seabreeze. Ruby is available for $56 plus shipping.
Readers, if you have an unusual color or shaped waterbottle (blenko) please send photo for sharing. hjh
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The gift shop is loaded with red / blue/ purple/ pink/ green, a rainbow of colorful glass.
A coupon is now available when you visit the Blenko Glass website. You may use the coupon on line or at the Visitor / Outlet Center.
Buy Made In the USA! Buy Blenko Glass.
304 743 9081.
We requested photos of available glass from Blenko in November, when the photos arrive we'll start publishing photo of currently available glass.
Until then, we'll focus on "Vintage Blenko" and other WV Glass makers who are kind enough to send photos. hjh
Send your photos of vintage or new Blenko Glass to email@example.com have a Blenko or WV Glass collecting story send it .
Remember, unless you ask us not to publish, we' may publish your letter and photos.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
May I recommend The Bronze Look in Princeton, WV? Randolph and his team always have something new, daily they are on the phone, planning new and exciting events and glass or collectible shows or special edit on items.
If you remember The Bronze Look is doing the series of 4 bottles by Blenko. This is a limited edition bottom, and sold only at The Bronze Look.
Randolph tells me he has a few of the Autumn Bottle (#1 in this series), if you haven't placed an order, do so today.
Bronze Look also carries, Ron Hinkle (in my dreams I own a Hinkle lamp), Kelsey Murphy and Bronze Look carries a very large and exclusive collection of Fenton Glass!
311 Mercer St, Princeton, WV
We are having a six week running art show called "Imaginary or Real Friends". Some people refer to cameo glass as magical- fit for a King- and alluring. I think it is desirable art glass to have in any collection king or otherwise. Anyone that collects WV glass should have at least one cameo piece in their collection. The more layers of glass the more expensive. If you remember Pilgrim glass with Kelsey Murphy as the art director, they produced some of the prettiest pieces I have seen to date. Kesley is such a devoted artist to the art of cameo and I don't tnink there exists anyone with anymore skill or creativity. We have seen some really awesome pieces form her and Robert too.
Kelsey and her partner Robert are going to visit us on Feb 6. We are looking forward to the visit witha sneek peek the night before. Kelsey has been busy creating some new original pieces for us and Scott Fenton promised to send us some one-offs of her designs for the event.I am excited about this event as our gallery is finally finished with the wine cellar in the basement and all of the remodeling will be completed by their visit. On the sneek peek we will be having wine and cheese and a kitchen table discussion with Robert and Kelsey. I have a large marble table in the gallery where we sit around and enjoy the pieces with our friends
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Dave welcomes special request for colors or one of a kind designs.
photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in a list of where to purchase American and WV Glass.
Friday, January 15, 2010
The guys are making ruby glass, hearts, and many one of a kind suprises.
You'll want to visit Blenko Glass outlet/gift shop in Milton for Valentine's Day gifts.
If you plan to send flowers to the man / woman in your life. Consider asking the florist for a Made In West Virginia or Blenko vase.
Better yet, drive down to Milton or order the vase on line and carry it to the florist or your local Kroger store ( I buy flowers each Wednesday from Krogers- for less than $8 I have fresh flowers in my Blenko vase weekly).
Think BLENKO GLASS for all holiday gift giving!
Support your community, Buy Made In West Virginia and when possible buy make your purchases in your community.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Your black and white photo is of a 1985 Blenko Glass WV Birthday Vase by D Shepperd.
The 'strange mark' you mention is a staff and Don Shepperd used this as his signature.
The # 98 is the number of your vase - each year they are number #1 - ( years WV has been a State).
Paying $450 at a La. estate sale was in my opinion a good investment.
Perhaps you'll come June 20th 2010 (check back for exact times) to Milton for the 2010 addition to this 30 year tradition.
Google - West Virginia Birthday Glass.
photo of 1985 Blenko Birtday Vase (subsitute for b/w photo)
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
This link should work, and you'll want to make this a Favorite Place.
We wrote about The Collectors Weekly, an online magazine devoted to 'collecting' the link we posted failed to work.
This is the correct link.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Saturday, January 09, 2010
We are NOT an employee of Blenko Glass. Like you, we collect and admire Blenko Glass. We have no inside information. We don't get or give discounts, and we 'know nothing' most of the time.
We rely on the experienced, knowledgeable collectors who read and share their knowledge.
As always we will try to find answers to your questions, but do not assume we have the 'answers'.
While I don't like comments about management, production, quality etc. I will post as long as you can keep the comments positive. Our goal is to promote WV Glass, let us work together to create a glass collecting network
and not fight amongst ourselves or with others.
Today I did receive 2 emails from Blenko I'm publishing both.
This email is in response to a request to learn what might be available at the Gift Shop! Note no mention of price, or date these items might be available.
They are beautiful and you'll want to add this to your "Must Have" list for next year!
From: Katie Trippe
Subject: Other things for the blogs
Also, here are some photos of some new necklace and keychain pieces that are a through back to an earlier time. We have recieved nonstop requests for anything Zodiac since we stopped making the last set of zodiac pieces. So we will be making these in various colors this next year. The pictured pieces are cobalt. I hope you have a happy holiday.
Blenko Glass Company
Note: Blenko Glass antique glass is used in the finest art projects and windows.
Greetings! I hope everyone had a joyous holiday season and that you are enjoying this white winter as much as possible! I wanted to thank you all for the support you have contributed to our business in past years. We are looking forward to your support in the new year!
Don't forget about stained glass when you are stuck inside this winter. You might as well be happy and artistic while indoors through creating glass art! We are happy to help you with any project or training you may require. Make the best use of your time and come and see us.
Once again I have scheduled classes through June of 2010 so keep your eye on our website to see if any classes will work with your schedule. We also keep hard copy schedules in our studio for pick up when you stop by to see us. Refer to these for class descriptions and time slots. We teach both weekend and evening classes.
The upcoming classes for January and February are as follows:
Jan 11 Monday Glass Repair Class
Jan 16 & 23 Saturdays Copper Foil Class
Jan 18 & 25 Mondays Beginner's Fusing - Bowls/ Plates
Jan 28 Thursday Glass Repair Class
Jan 30 Saturday Fusing Jewelry Class
Feb 1 & 8 Mondays Fusing Jewelry Class
Feb 2 Tuesday Beginner's Cutting Class
Feb 4, 11, 18, & 25 Thursdays Copper Foil Class
Feb 6 Saturday Beginner's Fusing - Bowls/ Plates
Feb 9 & 16 Tuesdays Beginner's Fusing - Bowls/ Plates
Feb 15 Monday Beginner's Cutting Class
Feb 17 Wednesday Glass Repair Class
Feb 20, 27, & Mar 6 Saturdays Lead Came Class
Feb 22 Monday Glass Repair Class
Feb 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 Tuesdays Lead Came Class
Feb 24 Wednesday Beginner's Cutting Class
Call or email us today to sign up!! You can reach us locally at 304-925-2355 or toll free at 1-800-813-2355 or email us at mhtml:%7BEADCAFED-BB26-4C42-B470-FDD7873E5EEE%7Dmid://00000074/!x-usc:mailto:email@example.com. Thank you all for your business! From all of us here at Amanda's Glass Art - we wish you a happy new year in 2010!!
Friday, January 08, 2010
I'm sending a link and also cut /paste article on Collectors Weekly, I can't claim that I read Collector's Weekly but my Mom and Aunt know I have an interest in all things Blenko, or Blenko / Heart of Glass. They sent the link. www.collectorsweekly.com
Kudos to Collectors Weekly for picking up the most vocal, and most active Blenko Glass Blog in the USA.
Sol, We were aware of the link. I'll post so others might also link to Collectors Weekly. I'm publishing your email.
Recent News: Blenko Art Glass
Source: Google News
Blenko Stopper RepairsHuntington Herald Dispatch (blog), December 28th
Montano has repaired glass for years, and has done work on various pieces of my mother's collection, as well as my Blenko pieces...Read more
Orange CrushHuntington Herald Dispatch (blog), December 27th
Blenko Glass located in Milton, W.Va (304 743 9081) has many ORANGE / Tangerine items available for purchase in the outlet / gift shop...Read more
2009 was a challenging year for local economyHuntington Herald Dispatch, December 26th
Blenko Glass Co. in Milton had a temporary shutdown early in 2009, because of money owed on a gas bill. Blenko announced Jan. 30 that it was shutting down...Read more
Perfect Gift?Huntington Herald Dispatch (blog), December 26th
Think BLENKO, at Blenko Glass" there is something for everyone on your list," you also deserve to feel loved, and appreciated , gift yourself glass art...Read more
Searching for Blenko CollectorsHuntington Herald Dispatch (blog), December 20th
We live in Mineral Wells and collect Blenko and Harmon glass. Every other weekend we are out there at estate sales or flea markets searching for newbies for...Read more
What To Buy For Xmas at Blenko?Huntington Herald Dispatch (blog), December 15th
Try to get down to Blenko on a day someone will be signing or ask that your glass have a sandblasted signature (a small charge for sandblast)...Read more
9 Shopping Days Til Christmas. Have you been to Blenko?Huntington Herald Dispatch (blog), December 15th
Blenko Glass in Milton, WV has a gift for each person on your list. They have items from $5 to $750. Unique, handmade, West Virginia Glass...Read more
A Blenko Story From CanadaHuntington Herald Dispatch, December 7th
My first visit to Blenko was in 1995. I was on a nine day bus tour with fellow members of the William Morris Society of Canada. It was a spontaneous detour,...Read more
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Thursday, January 07, 2010
I failed to make this suggestion. Please, do visit ebay and also vintage shops.
Shop with care and make certain the shopkeeper knows Blenko and is a honest person.
This photo is of a cat (missing head) that was a proto type and never made it to the line.
The second Cat is mismatched and has a nick on the ear.
These are examples of what can easily be found on ebay and in vintage shops. The mint condition takes time, energy and money.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
- Eustache Deschamps
I've been a loyal customer since age 15, Mr. Herb of VW repair took care of my VW BUG (black diesel name Bond) for 4 +years. Then Mr. Herb retired and Kevin became my VW Service Guru. As a child I was impressed that no one talked 'down' to me. They explained what needed to be done to my Car and what my options were. My next car 2006 was also a VW BUG (a red convertible named Bella), Kevin and the very talented VW repair staff have taken exclusive car of my cars. I drove from Morgantown to South Charleston for repairs and regular checkups, and now I drive home from Columbus for oil changes and regular scheduled services.
Honestly, I just assumed all repair / service shops were like this. During my professional school (dental school) I heard horror stories about service departments and mistreatment of women, some classmates actually took guys from class with them to ensure they wouldn't be over charged. Only after this did I learn to fully appreciate the Joe Holland VW Service Department.
The ladies of Joe Holland Service supervised by Ms. Shirley Fritch answer the phone with a smile. They care about your service and they VALUE your time. You won't be left hanging or without an answer. The ladies are photographed below with a yellow waterbottle ( note the color - this is a very pretty yellow, unusual color) filled with Gerber daisies.
Quality Glass located in a high quality service department. At Joe Holland each and every person receives individualized care, excellent care!
A deer hit Bella (photo), and the body shop straightened her hook and gave her new red paint. Excellent Body Shop! Very friendly also Very help and informative to the female client.s
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Please send photos and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Four Venetian glassblowers perform a carefully orchestrated dance in front of a red-hot furnace, creating 60 gold-laced glass angels bound for a New York City retailer.
The choreography is enchanting, as one glassblower shapes the glass and hands off to another, who spins it until the angel's head sits atop the conical robe.
But an order of 60 barely keeps the furnaces burning.
Italy's traditional artisanal industries -- glass, leather, jewelry, furniture -- are under pressure from foreign competition and sometimes outmoded ways of doing business, one risk factor for an economy that needs more growth to convince markets it can handle its large debt burden in years ahead and avoid being drawn into Europe's debt crisis.
"I remember times when we had six months of orders. Now we have six days, " said Gianfranco Albertini, owner of the Vetrerie La Fenice.
In 2007, there were 1,200 glassblowers working on the Venetian island of Murano, according to the Promovetro consortium. Today, there are just 850, 30 percent fewer. And many of those are working limited hours.
A study by the industry group CNA showed bankruptcies in artisan firms are up 18 percent this year over 2009. The stagnation is emblematic of threats to Italy's economy.
Growth overall has stalled in the last decade to an average of 1.6 percent annual growth, not enough to eliminate questions about the country's ability to stay out of the turmoil that led to bailouts for Greece and Ireland. In decades past, Italy could let the lira fall to gain competitive export advantage -- but no more, now that it is in the euro.
And Premier Silvio Berlusconi's battle for his political survival -- his razor-thin victory in a vote of confidence this week foreshadows further turmoil ahead -- distracts from the need for longer-term reforms and policies that will relaunch the economy -- much less the historic Murano glassblowing trade.
Murano's expert glassblowers are purveyors of a thousand-year old tradition, artisans of the highest order. The vibrant patterns, sensual colors of the island's glass are unique in the world. And a good part of it -- from the spectacular glass chandeliers, gold-embossed glass fittings and bejeweled mirrors -- grace luxurious hotels, yachts and palaces the world over.
By the logic that promotes high-quality craftsmanship as a way to create growth and exports, the Murano glass industry should be thriving as high-end luxury sales take off again.
Its downfall hasn't been only cheap Chinese knockoffs that pass for Murano glass in markets around the world, and sometimes even in Venice itself, to the dismay of the glassmakers. But more insidiously, it has been hurt by a lack of innovation in the sector.
Looking ahead, it is innovation that will be key to improving growth and productivity to help Italy out of its mire, economists say.
"The country has stagnated for at least the last 10 years. We have an enormous public debt with no room for maneuvering in the budget. We have low productivity, and growth probably the lowest in Europe, " said Marco Annunziata, the London-based chief economic analyst at Unicredit. "And because of the global competition, the system is only going to get worse. We can't waste time."
The ratio of debt to annual economic output is about 118 percent, and is expected to peak at 120 percent in 2012, a heavy load especially compared to the 60 percent ceiling under EU rules. That enormous public debt, which largely funds retirement for Italy's aging population, leaves little room for budget maneuvering. Facing renewed austerity, everyone from university students to opera house workers and elementary school teachers are publicly protesting cuts in the faint hope they will win concessions when the government makes a budget adjustment later this month.
Still, Italy has escaped the debt crisis that has forced bailouts of Greece and Ireland, even if it has seen its borrowing costs raised, along with Spain and Portugal.
Analysts say its greater resilience is due to the low level of private debt, relatively sound banking system, a subdued deficit compared to other countries.
Italy won't return to vigorous growth -- the best vaccine against the contagion threat -- without modernizing its labor system to give employers more flexibility to confront shifting competitive patterns, Annunziata said. But unions have resisted work rule changes that might help Italy become more competitive and save jobs -- and allow workers to move from where they are less productive to more productive.
Now 74, Vetrerie La Fenice owner Albertini started working in the furnaces' melting glare at 10 and recalls the days when 6,000 plied a trade that holds little interest for young people today, who prefer less physically taxing and more economically secure jobs.
At its cavernous brick workshop, the youngest glassblower has 30 years of experience and they work in much the same way as their forebears hundreds of years ago.
Once the angel's robe and head are shaped, they pull molten glass into wings, two craftsmen each tugging them from opposite ends. Then they tap a molten ball into a halo, and fix it to the figurine. Each angel is laid gingerly in a tempering oven to prevent it cooling too quickly, and shattering.
By Colleen Barry, AP business writer
Monday, January 04, 2010
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Saturday, January 02, 2010
We received the following message from Katie Trippe VP Blenko Glass:
From: Katie Trippe
Subject: RE: WVU Marshall Logo items
We do not have any special bowl game pieces. We do have some Marshall and WVU product at our VC. However, we are not shipping anything again until January 4th. We also have most of the other schools that we represent in stock at our VC.