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.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Give Meaning To Live

'The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.' Mitch Albom
Perhaps the creator of the quote had Blog friend Bruce Specht in mind,
Bruce Specht is a friend to Heart of Glass Blog, all of you weekly admire his glass and photography, my friend Shorty Finley would say: 'he's the kind of man who would continually grow trees for shade knowing he wouldn't live to sit under the tree" - I only recently discovered Shorty borrowed that phrase.
These beautiful, bright tangerine items are from Bruce's collection.

600D decanter with companion pieces 600DHB and 600HB spiral wrapped glasses in Crystal/Tangerine.


westvirginiajanis said...


I love all of your photos; however, this one seems extra special. The composition, color, dark vs. light vs. clear all come together as a visual feast!

You must live in such a beautiful world with all of this glass. Thank you, thank you for all of your sharing.

WV Janis

Anonymous said...

Great Mitch Albom quote. I have enjoyed several of his writings, especially Tuesdays with Morty.

This was a very hard shot since Crystal is difficult to capture. I was able to finally set the shot up to use the larger highball glass to reflect off the decanter to capture the beautiful curvature of the body. Glad you appreciate the photo. I take special delight in your feedback since you have a great eye from the various photos you have shared in the past.

As for the trees, we should hope that we are all planting a forest. One that will become more glorious as the colors of a Appalachian fall.

Anonymous said...

Phani is also a great photographer.

Anonymous said...

shorty isn't smart enough to put together great toughts about life or blenko so I knowed he didnt say that
he is a darn good blower

bridgett said...

Each and every photo of Blenko is a winner.
This summer Phani and I expect to visit your glass and ask for individualized education re: glass photography Phani
is very good with a camera, but your ability to capture the essence of glass is exceptional.
I also like Mitch Albom - Tuesdays with Morty will become a classic much like Blenko
yet full of color and meaningful

Phani said...

Oh yes...that will help me take photographs of all your collection Bridgett.

Anonymous said...

Lovely quote
beautiful Bruce
and beautiful blenko
thank you Doc Glass.