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.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

The Artist's Way -

Hilary. I have been reading about the Blenko designers, Husted, Myers, Anderson, Shepperd, etc. Why would these people go to Milton, WV to work? All were accomplished in their area of study?
Jinny S.

Ms. S. The designers you mention came to Blenko Glass very early in their careers. Blenko was for most the 'first job' after design school. A quote from Carl Jung may explain better than anything I could say. . . perhaps if one of the designers reads he'll comment.

Carl Jung:

'Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. To perform this difficult office it is sometimes necessary for him to sacrifice happiness and everything that make life worth living for the ordinary human being.'
Note: Collectors photo of Vintage Blenko punch bowl, ladle and cups.


DrAnnu said...

Adore the punch bowl photo.
You are correct.
Anderson was fresh out of school
same for Husted and Myers.
Shepperd was well known but not for glass design
and the others also were
just out of school
then let to make their
mark in the world.
Myers and Husted I think are most successful
Adams a very young man who is becoming more and more collectible.

Anonymous said...

No one ask me but I also think WV gets into the blood.
Husted returns and WV loves him,
Nickerson returns and WV natives love him. These men were respected by the community and valued.
Hank Adams, Matt Carter, Arlon Bayliss these men are known in WV and respected. In a large city they might not receive this amount of adoration.
I agree with Dr Glass they came early in their career but they all returned. They returned due to the " connection".

Anonymous said...

Dr Glass or any one who might know -this question is from me Sam,
The blenko 4 says a group of blenko emploee designed from 2003 to 2006 is this true? and if it is who were the employees?
Were they paid extra and were new designs implemented or old designs reworked?
Just curious.

Anonymous said...

The Mardi Gras was David Osburns idea along with the grafitti and several other pieces he also helped with the husted and Nickerson pieces.And no there was no extra pay for doing it.It was *you have a job dont you?*And that was it.Some of the pieces are old molds that were redone with new color variations and some of the older pieces were remade with a few changes in design so the collectors wouldnt get upset>I know Dave was responsible for bringing back those pieces to.The Web page was changed after Dave quit

A Blenko employee

Anonymous said...

The fire and ice series was Daves to along with the Desert sky and the Caribbean series Cobalt swirl


Anonymous said...

Serenity Antiques or Glass of Texas anyone have a phone number or the correct email or a link?
I want a Texas hat to send as a gift (glass) and I've misplaced Mr Larry's contact info

Anonymous said...

they went out of business last year

Anonymous said...

the punch bowl delights me each and every time you post the photo.

Anonymous said...

a phone number or contact @ for larry?

Anonymous said...

The number for Serenity glass is {214}724-5081 they went out of business last year i hope you can reach him at this number

ajulien said...

How lovely to see the whole set. My mother and dad visited the WV showroom in 1959 and purchased a chartreuse punchbowl set and a large vase. She recently passed and left these to me--punchbowl set with the charger, 5 cups still intact, the ladle, but the bowl is unfortunately broken.

i am looking for a replacement bowl and more cups if anyone out there ever sees any. i am smitten with the beauty of these gorgeous curves.
Thank you for sharing.

ajulien said...

I'm sorry i menat to say they visited in 1950, i think. Thanks again.

Ann Julien