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, February 28, 2010

Pink !


Color is one of the things that can help or hinder your ability to date a piece of Blenko glass. Some colors were made only for a year or two, others have been made almost every year. The Blenko Four website has a whole section devoted to colors, that helps differentiate the shading and the time periods they were made: http://www.blenkocollectors.com/blenkocolors.htm Check the bottom of the page for photos of color groupings. I highly recommend this to new collectors wanting to learn about Blenko glass, especially regarding colors that to an untrained eye can appear to be the same.

From my own collection: On the left is an amethyst ivy vase. I am not positive this is Blenko, but the pontil feels right, and the color is the same as other pieces I can positively identify as Blenko glass. The decanter is a 6310 in Rosé. Rosé was in the catalog in 1963 and 1964 only, so I know this piece was made one of those two years. The dented vase is a Hank Adams design, #894 in Dusty Rose. I know this was made between 1989, when the vase was designed, and 1990, which is the last time the color Dusty Rose was made, and because the design no longer appears in the 1991 catalog. In 1991, Dusty Rose was replaced by the color Orchid.

Happy Hunting!



Anonymous said...

Wonderful pink
I love the pink
please bring back the rose
much classier than the current
bubble gum color.

Anonymous said...

More info re: Hank Admas
if you can, and also perhaps a day or two of his work.
Useful suggestion for a blog week perhaps devoted to Hank Admas and his glass.
DeLois Mc.
Ashland, Ky.

DrAnnu said...

We also are refusing to use Blenko webpages.
We don't live close enough to use the shop, we buy most often older glass.
When we buy new we purchase locally never from Blenko.
We stopped in 2008.
I feel a number of people took this action.

Anonymous said...

Can I tell you how excited I am to see Wayne Husted post here?
I love Wayne Husted
I went to 2 Collector Conventions, didn't join, but went with high hopes of seeing Wayne Husted.
I collect only Husted.
Damon gets a lot of my salary.

wayne said...

Hey B.. Thanks for the compliment.
I have been motivated to contribute to The Blenko Project Blogs because of my admiration for Hillary and my love of the great glass craftsmen who once made Blenko so historically significant.

When I look a catalog from the fifties I always think: "What a great leader Bill Blenko Sr. was to hire from Alfred University's avant garde ciricullum and allow his designers such freedom.

Anonymous said...

Does Blenko have a PINK in the current line? 2015