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

The Bronze Look www.thebronzelook.com

Special glass - limited edition glass - one of a kind handcrafted items. THE BRONZE LOOK has just what you want. The Bronze Look located 311 Mercer Street, Princeton, WV. 24740 Phone: 304-425-5005
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.

You ask for photos of glass available at Bronze Look.

Today we received three photos, these will be more tempting than Godiva Chocolate to the Glass Collector.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Blenko Face Vases

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.
Thank you
Thomas D.
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?

Rare 4 spout Water Bottle

This one is available NOW on E-bay and the last price was $99.
This photo was sent by friend of the Blog.
Check out the EBAY Listing.
Type in Waterbottle Blenko 4 spout.
Happy Bidding!

2 Loves - Coffee and Blenko

Make that 3 loves, a good bookstore, coffee and Blenko!
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
Subject: Coffee
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

Valentine's Day - A Day Filled with Pressure and Expectations

Pressure is mounting, expectations are increasing as we type. Valentine's Day is fast approaching!
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.

Happy Birthday Steve Rowe

Steve Rowe is a musician, a web designer, an artist and a friend to Blenko.
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

Hummingbird Feeders

Does anyone know a WV glass maker or a USA maker who handcrafts
hummingbird feeders?
I'd prefer WV .
Let me know please.
Tiffany V.

New Blenko Collecting Groups Needs Our Help!

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.
Thank you
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.

Send Photos of Glass for Identification ?

Dear Heart of Glass blog administrator
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

Vintage Blenko

Group of vases including a Pre designer 3745S optic vase in Amethyst, Myers #6514 rolled lip in Peacock and #6524S rolled lip in honey.
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
vintage glass.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Only 50+ Days Until Spring -

If you haven't been to Blenko Glass in Milton, WV. This is the time to go - the

Spring Sale continues - the clearance tables are filled with beautiful Blenko in a rainbow of colors. Markdown prices can be found on a number of tables.

This is the time to do the pre Easter, pre Valentine's Day glass shopping.

Some people buy their 2010 Xmas gifts during the pre spring clearance time.

Check out BLENKO GLASS before you buy anything else.

Blenko Glass 304 743 9081.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Can you help ID this glass?

Hello –

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.

Thank you,

Hilary Eklund

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Call for photos answered

Hi Hillary,
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.
Bruce Specht

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Osburn Glass Hearts

Valentines' Day is fast approaching. A blog friend sent these photos of currently available Osburn Glass Hearts.
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

Why Not Collect The Blenko Waterbottle?


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.

Happy Hunting!


Readers, if you have an unusual color or shaped waterbottle (blenko) please send photo for sharing. hjh

Diane, if your collection is missing the Blenko Project Waterbottle, send a mailing address to theblenkoproject@aol.com I'll send you a Blenko Project waterbottle hjh.

59 Days Until Spring!!!

Check out the low off season prices.
Try ebay - search Blenko, the prices have never been lower.
www.blenkoglass.com Blenko Glass in West Virginia.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

60 Days Until SPRING!!

Spring is coming!
Take advantage of the off season prices.
Shop Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Spring Is Coming!

Blenko Glass http://www.blenkoglass.com/ is having a ' Beat The Winter Blues' sale from now until the 1st Day of Spring.
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 theblenkoproject@aol.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.

61 Days Until SPRING

March 20 - First Day of Spring!
Check out the off season prices on Made In West Virginia

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Hi Hillary,

one blogger asked about Dave Osburn's Snowman Decanter with a removable hat. Attached are a few pics. One is with a Blenko Ruby Water Bottle for size comparison.

Merry Christmas

Kissin Kate's Antiques

62 Days Until SPRING!

Warm weather is coming!
Take advantage of the off season prices.
Shop www.blenkoglass.com Blenko Glass made in West Virginia.

Monday, January 18, 2010

"Glass Lady"

by Glen Brogan

63 Days Until SPRING!!!

63 days of off season shopping for WV Glass.
Check out
The Bronze Look
The Purple Moon
Blenko Glass
Osburn Glass
Hinkle Glass
Shop Made In USA always, and when possible support local merchants.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Imaginary or Real Friends - The Bronze Look Begins Feb. 6

Looking for a special one of a kind item? Want to have a collection of glass like no other?

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!

Bronze Look
(304) 425-5005
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

64 Days Until Spring!

Buy Blenko Glass. www.blenkoglass.com for the off season prices.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

W Va Glass Clowns

Photo of West Virginia Glass.
Clowns in a limited editon
designed and crafted by
Osburn Glass in
Milton, WVa.
Dave Osburn was the Blenko Glass foreman and also designed a number of items in the Blenko Catalog during his 20+ plus years.
Dave left Blenko a few years ago, he then re opened Gibson Glass shop under the name of Osburn Modern Glass.
Dave reports business continues to grow.
Dave welcomes special request for colors or one of a kind designs.


We need your photos and stories. If you collect West Virginia or American Glass, if you sell WV and American Glass, please send your contact info and
photos to: theblenkoproject@aol.com for inclusion in a list of where to purchase American and WV Glass.

65 Days Until Spring!

Shop Blenko Glass. www.blenkoglass.com for the off season clearance prices!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Valentine's Day - Think Blenko

Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com is gearing up for the Valentine's Day holiday.
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.

66 Days Until SPRING!!!

Shop for Made In the USA items.
Shop now for off season prices.
May I suggest starting at Blenko Glass. http://www.blenkoglass.com/

Thursday, January 14, 2010

1985 Blenko WV Birthday

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)

67 Days Until Spring!

Shop Blenko Glass. Shop for Made In West Virginia Glass in the off season.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

More Glass to Identify

I would like to know who the maker was and what year it was made and anything else you would like to add. I certainly do appreciate any information you pass along to me. I think this piece is beautiful. Thank You,
Catherine South

68 days Until Spring!

68 days to shop Blenko Glass http://www.blenkoglass.com/, check out the Blenko Project http://www.blenkoproject.org/ to learn more about Blenko Glass.

Shop now for the off season clearance prices.
photo from Texas Collector

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Photographing Blenko

HIllary: Here is another photo for the blog.
The vase in front is Blenko. The one in back is a stray. If anyone knows the origin, please let me know. I love blue and green together so this ice-bucket-looking piece came home with us. Red glass is hard to photograph (although not as difficult as purple); so, the blue/green piece was just what the doctor ordered to balance that STRONG red.
WV Janis


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.

69 Days Until SPRING!

Shop Blenko Glass, for the off season special prices!

March 20th is first day of Spring!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cats Continued - Osburn Glass

Currently available at Osburn Glass.


Send your photos of Blenko Glass to theblenkoproject@aol.com , photos will be published in future Heart of Glass post. hjh

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Items in the VC

We get 20 emails a week asking whats in the Visitor Center Gift Shop. We are 3+ hours away. So other than the items listed on the website, or when Kissin Kate is kind enough to send a photo of the gift shop we don't have a clue. We have written several times to ask Blenko Glass about photos and availability of items when response comes we immediately publish that response or the photos if photos are attached.
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.

Thank you.

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!

-----Original Message-----
From: Katie Trippe
To: hillaryjhomburg@aol.com
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.

Katie Trippe
Vice President
Blenko Glass Company

Stain Glass Classes Forming

This class is in Charleston, WV. When I was a child my Dad and I took stain glass classes in Huntington at SHOBE's studio near Marshall University ( is this still open, do they offer classes?) If you have information about a glass making, glass jewelry glass or stain glass class in the tri state area please send the info to theblenkoproject@aol.com .
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:amanda@amandasglassart.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

Fishing for Blenko Fish ?

A reader from St Louis sent this photos and link to sale.

Doc Glasslady,
We always talk fish on the blog. Please let people know about this one, before it gets away
Beautiful peacock blue and so far the bids are very low.

Collectors Weekly

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
Art Glass
Bohemian art glass
American art glass
Italian art glass

Thursday, January 07, 2010

CATS revisited

Mrs. Leonard - several people wrote to ask why I didn't suggest you go to ebay or visit local vintage shops.
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.

Mi Mi
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.

Osburn Modern Glass www.osburnglass.com

"You'll remember Dave Osburn from his many years at Blenko Glass. After leaving Blenko he re opened Charlie GIbon's Glass shop, turning it into OSBURN MODERN GLASS. The shop is located about 1 1/2 miles up the road from Blenko Glass. Its a small shop, filled with color glass. Dave often allows visitors to watch the glass making process, he'll answer questions and also does special request and one of a kind items. " http://www.osburnglass.com/ Visit the website.

Mimi wrote to ask about CATS, in a previous post.

Today a reader sent photos of Cats in the 2009 -2010 Osburn Glass Line
the cats are a limited # item, but several are available she wrote.
If you have photos or stories about West Virginia Glass, please send to theblenkoproject@aol.com Heart of Glass always needs photos.
Readers are interested in where you shop, if you know a good vendor please pass along the contact information. Thanks HJH

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Joe Holland www.joehollandvw.com

Friends are relatives you make for yourself.
- Eustache Deschamps

The Joe Holland Volkswagen staff will quickly become your family! http://www.joehollandvw.com/

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!

Stephanie Dunlap, Shirley Fritsch, and Linda Starcher with Blenko Glass Collectors Waterbottle.

I failed to mention the Body and Paint shop at Joe Holland VW -

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.


Freezing Cold Outside - Suggestions for Staying Warm.

http://www.westvirginiaski.com/, http://www.westvirginia.com/ (travel and recreation)

Other than my friends working at the West Virginia Ski sites, and those who ski each and every weekend. No one is loving this freezing weather.

Ms B loves snow, she plows through the snow with her nose, and dances in the snow. However, the frigid temperatures interfere with her enjoyment of this new snowfall.

How are you staying warm? If you have some free time today, why not drive to Milton, WV. Winter is a good time to visit Milton. The quaint little shops along the main highway all sell glass and other vintage goodies. Business after Christmas is usually slow . . . and they often mark down prices to attract shoppers.

At BlENKO GLASS http://www.blenkoglass.com/, a good number of new items are now being offered at the gift center with a price reduction. Remember to check out the clearance tables. Also pick up a couple water bottles to have in your gift closet. Blenko water bottles are the perfect under $50 gift for most any occasion.

If you don't own Blenko glass mugs, or drinking glasses purchase these also, nothing is nicer than having hot chocolate or a Bloody Mary in a Blenko container on a chilly morning.

Alice sent photos of the glass she received this holiday, no Blenko but many beautiful Made In the USA glass items, her son bought in New York. If you received glass Made In West Virginia consider sending photos and description to theblenkoproject@aol.com the blog.

Make this a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Heart of Glass - Needs Your Photos & Stories

http://media.herald-dispatch.com/blog/blenko. We need your photos and stories involving West Virginia Glass. All American Glass photos or stories are welcome but we focus primarily on West Virginia Glass.
Please send photos and stories to theblenkoproject@aol.com .
Thank you

Economy is overtaking Italy's artisans

A Reader sent in the following Associated Press article to share:

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

Blenko Museum

Hilary, See attached photo. I uploaded this from the Blenko Museum website. Tell me where to find Blenko Glass like this? I collect cats, not Blenko, and I want these for my collection. I phoned Blenko and was told " we do not make cats and
as long as I've been here I haven't seen any cats."
Mi Mi Lenoard
Mrs. Lenoard,
Let me assure you Blenko did make Cats, the person you spoke with may have been either a new employee or a Holiday extra. The Blenko Cats, grow in popularity, rarity, and the price continues to soar. Buy these when available and quickly.
You didn't include an email address, so I'm going to respond here. A large number of people take photos from the Blenko Museum site and ask me where to purchase.
Every item photographed on the Blenko Museum web site is a perfect example, it will have no flaws, and the colors will be superior else they wouldn't photograph this item.
Finding vintage glass in perfect condition is a time consuming chore. My suggestion is to contact the Blenko Museum and ask if they might assist you in locating the items (cats) you desire.
In my six plus years of The Blenko Project I have found the Blenko Museum to be a source of accurate information, encouragement , and the photographs are the best.
Good luck. Write to theblenkoproject@aol.com if you need additonal contact info and also to send photos of the Blenko Cats you purchase. hjh

Monday, January 04, 2010

Designer - Bayliss


Does Blenko have a designer? Who is the designer?

Harry B.

Blenko's current designer is a design team
Bayliss Designs. We did a post about Bayliss in Oct 08 (check this out) we ask Blenko in 08 for contact information. When it arrives and if Bayliss is willing we'll offer information about this designer.
It is often said Bayliss' 07 and 08 birthday pieces are among the most beautiful in the 30 year series. As a collector of all things modern, his Bravo series attracts my attention. hjh
photos of Bayliss with Blenko Glass collector B. Copley

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Blenko Myths and Legends. . .


Last week at a glass meeting I heard a tall tale about a bakery in Milton the story was

each year this bakery does the Blenko Birthday Piece in 3 dimensional cake, and its better than the Cake Decorators who are on HGTV. Tell me its true. Dave C.

The number of Blenko Myths/Legends continues to grow. The cake story is almost true. The cakes are a work of art, the lady who creates the cakes lives outside of Milton. We met her a few years ago, I wrote to Blenko Glass to ask if they would contact her for permission to publish her name and number as "the Baker " when the information and her permission arrives I'll add this info to the post. Each year in honor of West Virginia's Birthday and as a part of the WV Birthday Vase Sale the Blenko Glass Company host a reception on the 2nd floor - free cake, coke, coffee and sandwiches. June 20th is a big celebration for West Virginians, for Blenko Collectors its a special time. The Blenko Family is always available on June 20th each year to sign any Blenko item purchased.
Dave, perhaps someone else will have other photos, these two were left in a folder from 08. While the cake isn't 3 dimensional, it is, each year an exact replica of the Blenko Glass WV Birthday Vase.
Dave, thank you for reading Heart of Glass. If you haven't been to WV and Milton on June 20th let me invite you to attend June 20th 2010!
If you have memories of a June 20th trip to Milton, share your story with Dave.

Blenko Glass Outlet - OPEN TODAY

http://www.blenkoglass.com/ Blenko Glass Gift Shop / outlet is open today!

The shelves are filled with colorful Blenko Glass.

Check out the clearance tables before you leave, also check underneath tables for boxes marked clearance.

The very best prices can be found in the Blenko Glass Gift Shop / Outlet.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Can we help to identify this glass?

Does anyone know the year, the designer, etc.
If you do - please comment.


In response to your emails about availability of WVU and Marshall Logo items.
We received the following message from Katie Trippe VP Blenko Glass:

-----Original Message-----
From: Katie Trippe
To: hillaryjhomburg@aol.com
Subject: RE: WVU Marshall Logo items

Hi Hillary,
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.

Katie Trippe