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 31, 2010
Listed on Ruby Lane Antiques, the elusive Eason Eige book, $75.00.
Hope someone who needs it gets it!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
While we BLENKO - paper weighs are offered by more than 100 USA makers. Check back for information about the Official Paperweight Collectors Association.
NOTE: The paper weights shown are vintage - Blenko Glass Gift Shop currently has a small selection of paperweights. Paperweights are made by the more skilled craftsmen. hjh
Saturday, March 27, 2010
The members of The Paperweight Collectors Association have some awesome paperweights. This is one group - as a collector or wanna be collector of Blenko or WV paperweights you may want to visit their website and join.
Paperweights have always fascinated me.
Tim and Karin Alonzo of Texas - sent the following photos of Blenko Paperweights for sharing with blog readers.
Paperweights are currently available in the Blenko Glass gift shop, paperweights could be an ideal way to keep your desire to collect under control. The size is small, finding excellent vintage paperweights takes some time, and the rewards of paperweight collecting are extensive.
The Paperweight Collectors Association, Inc. (PCA, Inc) is a non-profit organization dedicated to appreciating and collecting glass paperweights. For a half-century, the PCA, Inc has championed the study and collecting of antique, vintage, and contemporary glass paperweights. The mission of the PCA, Inc is to promote education: to increase knowledge about paperweights, their creators, and the astounding glass medium from which they are created.
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The PCA, Inc. consists of a convivial group of contemporary artists, dealers, collectors, libraries, and museums from around the globe. The interest in glass paperweights is the common thread that binds the membership: many of our members are just starting out with a few paperweights while others have established collections numbering in the thousands. There is something for every collector in terms of taste and budget. It is the variety and diversity of glass paperweights that make them so interesting to collect! We encourage you to read some of the materials on this website about paperweights and paperweight collecting. We also encourage you to join this organization
Check back for photos of paperweights by American Artist. http://herald-dispatchblogs04.blogspot.com/
Friday, March 26, 2010
In Milton, WV. A glass artist Dave Osburn - Osburn Modern Glass has decided Winter Is Over!
To celebrate the end of winter - Dave created these Glass ice cream cones! Limited Edition available now . You may order on line or by phone. Osburn Modern Glass is approx 1 1/2 miles up the road from Blenko Glass. Dave worked at Blenko Glass for more than 20 years, he was Shop Foreman and often designed for Blenko. Several years ago Dave opened his own small factory. Osburn Glass. Check them out!
We received several Osburn Glass photos - which I'll post this month.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
http://www.wvculture.org/ ( West Virginia Dept of Culture and History)
http://www.hmoa.org/ (Huntington Museum of Art)
http://www.charlestonmuseum.org/ ( So Charleston Museum)
Trophy Hair - 418Virginia Street Charleston, WV phone 304 346 3907 Tag and Estate Sale. She can help determine the value of donations for tax purposes.
Purple Moon in Charleston - Also can help with Tag and Estate Sale and they could help determine the value of your glass for tax purpose.
Check the yellow pages - for collector groups, museums, and estate appraisers in your area.
Blenko has a large selection of other Bunnies - mini bunnies, regular solid color bunnies and baskets and eggs available at the visitors center.
REMEMBER the WAREHOUSE SALE will CONTINUE until MARCH 27th. If you haven't been to a Blenko Glass Warehouse Sale - there's a reason - THIS IS THE FIRST WAREHOUSE SALE! So look for unusual items, many items from the past, new stock and everything has been marked down for this special sale.
Want to know more about Blenko Glass? Check out www.blenkoproject.org. The Blenko Project.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Chip Turner and his family have worked in and around glass for 3 generations. Chip and his Dad host a GLASS FEST yearly in Weston. Its a time when old glass workers get together to talk about glass, all regional glass makers are welcome to demonstrate their craft sell their works.
Many scheduled activities. The 2 day event is gaining national attention, you'll see many cars with out of state tags. We've gone a couple years - one year Short Finley (retired Blenko Glass finisher accompanied us) - Shorty bought some equipment he needed from another retired worker.
Plan to attend - if you can - take the children, and the grandchildren. Listening to Chip talk about glass and demonstrate and he make just allow you or your child to make something - Chip likes nothing better than watching a new glass blower .
Can't make it for the 24 -25th? Then keep the address and next time you're on I -79 stop of at the Weston Exit and visit Appalachain Glass. The gift shop is filled with handcrafted WV Glass and the do ethcing on site at a very rasonable price.
Shop local when you can and always buy Made In USA>
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I recently received photos of Glass from Osburn Modern Glass in Milton, WV
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Last weekend I went to see Chihuly Illuminated, (on view September 25, 2009 – July 4, 2010 at the Columbus Museum of Art - with free admission on Sundays!). The exhibit showcases six large-scale installations never before seen in Columbus, as well as paintings and woven baskets by the artist.
*from the Columbus Museum website:
Chihuly Illuminated is part of Chihuly in Columbus, a city-wide celebration of the art of Dale Chihuly anchored by two major exhibitions at Franklin Park Conservatory and the Columbus Museum of Art. For more information, visit www.chihulyincolumbus.com. Events included on this community calendar reflect the variety and vibrancy of culture and glass in Columbus.
Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country, at the University of Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he later established the glass program and taught for over a decade.
In 1968, Chihuly was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work at the Venini factory in Venice, Italy. While in Venice, Chihuly observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly cofounded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. With this international glass center, Chihuly has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art. His work is included in over two hundred museum collections worldwide. He has been the recipient of many awards, including eight honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Anyone know the Barney Dickinsheets story? Is he living? Is he in Milton? If he is, or has family I would like to interview for The Blenko Project. hjh
All handmade by West Virginia craftsmen.
This year Blenko will be making a limited editon Easter Bunny - when photo is available
we'll add the photo. You'll want to be one of the 50 people to purchase this item.
No pre orders allowed.
Blenko Glass an American Company located in Milton, West Virginia. Phone 304 743 9081.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
My family just bought a small cottage on the Kanawha River. I'm looking for a special glass item to use as a housewarming gift. Can you come to my aide? Suggestion of something on E-BAY or contact info for your favorite designer etc. I plan to spend no more than $500 only requirements - I want to impress and I want the gift to look good in sunlight.
NOTE - Lighthouse photo wouldn't publish - will the sender please resend?
Do I have an unusual one of kind item for you? See the photo and if you are interested
I will pass along your contact info : firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a one of a kind hand crafted glass lighthouse.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Blenko Glass has Water bottles, decanters, plates , pitchers, glasses and several other items with team logos.
BASKETBALL - FOOTBALL - BASEBALL - All Sports are better when the pre and post game party has BLENKO
Check your local paper for ads or the Blenko Glass website
20-60% additional mark downs
This is the time to purchase gifts for the remainder of the season!
Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com.
Learn more about
Blenko Glass www.blenkoproject.org .
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Huntington’s only young bluegrass band that regularly plays clubs, The Good Ol' Boys and a Girl (Brandon Branham, Michael Valentine and Meagan Lester Valentine) will play at 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at the V Club, 741 6th Ave.
The Good Ol’ Boys and Girl is parting ways because Branham is scheduled to report to Navy boot camp on March 29.
The will be joined for their farewell show (set to start at 8pm) by illustrious group of Huntington all-stars who have played with the band including Bud Carroll, Jonathan Blaine, Mark “The Harp” Cabell, Chris Sutton and members of the group Ladybird.
If I was home, I would be going, so I thought I would share with those of you in the Huntington area.
Read Full Herald-Dispatch Article Here.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Lots of GLASS.
Check out Mountaineer Auction House! SALE IS THIS WEEKEND
LIST OF ITEMS LOCATED ON MOUNTAINEER AUCTION HOUSE WEBSITE
OR PHONE the AUCTION HOUSE.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
On March 8th, Mr. Walter Blenko appeared on the Iowa Public Television station to promote Blenko Glass during the airing of Blenko: The Spirit of American Stained Glass. The program will be the first IPTV presentation to feature Walter Blenko and will focus heavily on the influence and importance that Blenko Glass has had on the design and artistry of American Stained Glass. Iowa Public Television is extremely proud to produce a program featuring Mr. Walter Blenko and to be the exclusive public television network presenting Blenko Glass thank-you gifts this March.
Viewers in Iowa and all over the world are aware of the value and uniqueness of Blenko's hand crafted glass. Therefore, to equally ensure everyone the opportunity to view this special presentation, Iowa Public Television is also offering online streaming of the broadcast of Blenko: The Spirit of American Stained Glass. As was mentioned earlier, during the presentation Mr. Walter Blenko will be IPTV's live in-studio guest, and he will be presenting unique and beautiful pieces from the Blenko collection as thank-you gifts for supporters of Iowa Public Television. With calls or online pledges of support, viewers enjoying the program online can also receive these elegant Blenko thank-you gifts, including an exclusive piece. All of the Blenko thank-you gifts, including the exclusive pledge piece, can be viewed by visiting the IPTV website at the link shown here, www.iptv.org
*NOTE: This program will be shown throughout the month, with the next showing scheduled for tomorrow, March 13th, at 11:30a. The full episode can also be viewed online at http://www.iptv.org/video/detail.cfm/6866/bsa_20100308_blenko_live at any time.*
Very very low, rock bottom prices on Wonderful West Virginia made FIESTA Dinnerware etc.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
For the crafty bloggers. Online resources are available as follows:
The basic square pattern for the layout of the different papers can be found online at http://www.origami-resource-center.com/iris-folding-square.html
The instructions on how to lay out the papers is at http://www.origami-resource-center.com/iris-folding.html
To create your water bottle template, print a picture of a water bottle, and cut it out. Make sure the inside dimensions of the cut out are the same size as your basic square template. You can increase or decrease the size of the template or the photo you cut out as suits you. Mine is 2 ¾” square. Trace the shape onto your cardstock, and cut it out. You will lay the card face down on your layout pattern, and temporarily tape it in place. Cover the neck of the bottle with a folded piece of solid colored paper, putting the fold at the edge of the square layout. Follow the instructions to fill in the square.
Once you have your bottle filled in, you can mount it on a card, frame it, or whatever suits your artistic needs.
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Thank you for collecting WV and American made Glass and for reading Heart of Glass.
Monday, March 08, 2010
www.theblenkoproject.org The Blenko Project webpages. Check us out. We continue to add to our list of Glass makers - if a member of your family was involved in the glass industry please send his story to email@example.com, or if you work in the glass industry send us your story.
We want to preserve the history of West Virginia Glass.
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
“If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character...Would you slow down? Or speed up?”
Photo from Bruce S of Texas,
couple of #390 Crimp top vases in Sky Blue seed glass and Tangerine.
Thursday, March 04, 2010
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Wednesday, March 03, 2010
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.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
I wrote to Blenko Glass to ask for photo of paper weights currently available - we'll post the photos and prices, when they arrive.
Photo from T.K.
IF you own Blenko Paper weights - please share photos with our readers, send to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Monday, March 01, 2010
I am an intuitive collector and, unfortunately, don't know always know what I'm buying. I buy what I like and paid $15 for both so, I'm not too worried about value. However, I would like to know what they are-- if anyone on the blog knows. Not much is written about the WV's Rainbow Glass.
The Rainbow Art Company was first founded in 1940 by President J. Goudaker and Vice President Henry P. Manus in Long Island City, New York. Hand decorated Rainbow items were sold in every state as well as in Canada, Mexico, South and Central America, British India, and South America.
Rainbow was located in Huntington, West Virginia from 1942 - 1973. They only decorated glass from 1942 - 1954. Glass was purchased from other Glass Companies and decorated with painting and staining among other techniques. From 1954 - 1973 they made their own glass. In 1973 the company was sold to Viking glass. The factory burned in 1983. Many Rainbow items can be found with Viking stickers showing that the Rainbow items were popular enough to continue making for many years.