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.
Friday, April 30, 2010
If you haven't sent photos of your Blenko or WV GLASS please do send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thank you for your continued support of West Virginia Glass and Blenko Glass
Handcrafted Made in USA Glass.
Just wanted to send you these four photos for the blog. Title these
"Oldies but Goodies". The first is of a pair of 390's in Chartreuse
and Tangerine crackle. The Tangerine piece is headed to Florida to
Debbie's sister who saw our collection over the Christmas holiday and
commented on how much she liked the 390 design with the ruffle edges.
I stumbled across one on Ebay a few days later in the tangerine color
that she liked. I could not pass up the opportunity to share a
The second photo is two of three spiral wrapped vases that I have
been trying to find for my collection. A Ruby #374 and Sky Blue #371.
I have still to find a #372 but that is all part of the reason I keep
scouring ebay and the local and not so local antique shops and estate
Photo three is a nice pair of C 473's in Ruby and Turquiose.
The final pair is a Anderson design Sea Green decanter and a pre-
designer #442-P reed handle pitcher in Sky Blue seed glass.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
vase # 595 in jonquil, circa 1959 and made for only two years.
The third is ashtray/bowl (although the 1959 catalog shows it holding a candle) # 5924 in jonquil, circa 1959. I think this was only made one year but I could be wrong...
Hope you enjoy the pics!!!I have more and will send later...
Monday, April 26, 2010
May I ask how people use the Blenko in their homes? Other than tableware what does one do with all that Blenko?
We'll ask for photos - in my home - we use glass shelves and display the Blenko. We also daily use our Blenko glasses, dishes, vases etc. Blenko was made to be used. My parents have more than 100 unique Blenko items displayed behind bushes and on the bird house etc in their downtown Charleston home. Blenko doesn't promote the glass as a garden item - however - for the last 20+ years the glass in my parents yard has withstood the WV winters. Readers - How do you use or display your Blenko? This photo is from the www.theblenkoproject.org page - this collector uses Blenko as a part of his decor. Send your photos, suggestions etc for using Blenko.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Here is a newer piece of Blenko from Wayne Husted's Atlantis line. I love the WV blue and gold colors! It is signed by Wayne on the bottom.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Want to know more about Blenko Glass?
Check The Blenko Project website. http://www.blenkoproject.org/ .
Send your photos and stories for Heart of Glass - http://herald-dispatchblogs04.blogspot.com/ to TheBlenkoProject@aol.com .
Sunday, April 18, 2010
With color, for the price of a pot of paint ( or a Blenko vase) people can express their own style and individuality. But, as with style, a gift for color has to be developed by experiment. If you don't dare, you are doomed to dullness. Shirley Conran
Saturday, April 17, 2010
What Women Want? Blenko Glass limited edition ornament is a most desirable gift.
While the question is old, long ago Sigmund Freud said: . ." The great question . . .which I have not been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul is, "what does a woman want?"
Heart of Glass has the answer . . . its hand crafted tableware made in West Virginia.
Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com the online catalog is filled with gifts any lady would want.
Gift giving? Think BLENKO. Blenko Glass handcrafted in Milton, WVa.
Learn more about Blenko Glass check out The Blenko Project at www.theblenkoproject.org
Friday, April 16, 2010
Photo from the collection of Bruce S.
where I'll be next year.
The residency ends June 30th. Ohio State University GPR Program was for me
a very good fit. I'll retun to West Virginia to work in rural area / health program - Public Health
Dentistry has always been my final goal.
Each semester I realize I like the profession and my respect the providers and lecturers deepens.
"Sometime during this year,
the butterflies lessen as graduation /termination
day approaches. Perhaps it is
around the same time that you
realize it isn’t simply that
the residency is hard.
There’s something perpetually
challenging and uniquely gratifying
about this profession. “
I appreciate your interest in my career plans, your deep interest in Blenko Glass and your joy in seeing Blenko Glass successful Thank you . hjh
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Bruce is The Man Above. .. . . our guardian angel who provides documentation, photos, and responds so frequently to new collectors questions.
Thank you Bruce.
A couple of Myers designed spiral wrapped #6815's. The Turquoise bodied 6815TO came from an estate sale in Dallas several years ago while the 6815OT came from a shop I frequent in Oklahoma. The owner who I was checking out with said his wife would be glad to see this one go since she disliked the colors. Who says $20.00 cannot buy beauty?
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Marvin is known as one of the founders of the glass art movement. He is a founding member of the GAS - Glass Art Society . One summer as a part of a special program - Marvin worked with the men at Blenko Glass.
SOFA NY - Marvin Lipofsky
SOFA NY Lecture Series Saturday, April 17 4:15-5:15pm50 Years of Glass, Almost Marvin Lipofsky presents a visual survey of almost 50 years working in glass factories and studios throughout the world.Dear Friends, This year at SOFA NY, we are proud to highlight the latest works by Sidney Hutter, Marvin Lipofsky, Charles Miner, Martin Rosol and Steven Weinberg; each artist an important figure in the contemporary glass movement. In addition we will feature some earlier examples from their personal archives. Represented in many private and public collections around the world, some of the works in this show are from series that have not been available in galleries for many years. Please feel free to contact us for further information or to receive SOFA NY passes. With best wishes,Jim Schantz & Kim Saul
Marvin Lipofsky Small California Loop Series #7 1978 8.5x18x9"
Marvin Lipofsky was one of Harvey Littleton's first graduate students working in glass. Lipofsky went on to introduce glass as an art form to the Design Department at the University of California at Berkeley and founded the Glass Program at the California College of Arts and Crafts. He has traveled extensively to work at glass studios through- out the world; collaborating and gathering inspiration for his sculptures.Selected collections include:Museum of Contemporary Crafts Corning Museum National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan Stedelijke Museum, Amsterdam
___________________________________________________________________We hope you can stop by and see work by these artists at: SOFA New York67th & Park AveOpening Night Preview April 15, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
For more information on these and other works,please email the gallery at:email@example.com Elm Street, Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01262(413)298-3044
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I’ve been digging through my old photos, here are a few at random. The two 939 pitchers were bought as a wedding present for some friends who have decorated in plum and turquoise. Couldn’t have scored a better gift if I’d tried. The 1964 vase series A – E, and some of the 1968 airtwist paperweights are among my favorites. The Kaleidoscope decanter was bought at a preview in 2002 at Tammy Kosla’s Blenko Celebration. The stained glass panels were on display at the first Blenko Collectors Convention, all done in antique glass.
Hope that helps,
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 09, 2010
By now most of your blog readers already know of my love of the Myers designed pieces, Gump's decanters in particular. I thought I had come close to having examples of all the colors that Blenko produced so I was taken back when I saw a piece listed on Ebay as "Charcoal". Can't be, they didn't produce Charcoal in '64 and '65. This must be a mistake and this piece they have listed is just a very dark version of Chestnut. The pictures were such that I couldn't tell, but I knew I had to pick it up. Well, I can tell you I was blown away when it arrived this week. And yes, it is Charcoal. The beautiful older 50's color that didn't appear again until '71. I will need to do a more thorough cleaning at a later date but for now I wanted to share this revelation. As for the Peacock piece on the right, I picked up a correct stopper that will come in later this week. So please forgive the #657S one that is temporarily keeping the dust out. Even though, as my daughter points out, it looks quite striking with it.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
It’s been asked if I’ve done other Blenko shapes for iris folding. I have not. I picked the water bottle because it is such a distinctive shape, and the body of the bottle is basically a square. This allowed me to use a standard template for a square opening. Any other shape I would have to create a specific layout pattern, and I just don’t have time. However, as a consolation prize, I send you my tangerine water bottle card.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
If I send you a photo, could you identify the color for me? I don't need the # or value, but, I can't seem do decide whick purple color this Blenko decanter is. Please let me know either way if you can help. Thanks.
Monday, April 05, 2010
The Blenko Project address was unchanged: http://www.theblenkoproject.org/
Hope this helps. If the links don't work please let us know. Readers, if you have a suggestion re: how to get the blog again listed with search engines
write to firstname.lastname@example.org I sent the above email to readers writing The Blenko Project with complaints. HJH
I write to email@example.com as I can not find the Heart of Glass blog. I did a google and bing search w/o success. Where is this blog? Perhaps the blog no longer exist. Jeff Maier from my work group suggested we follow the blog. Help.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Saturday, April 03, 2010
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Karin and Tim have posted over a dozen U TUBE Blenko Glass lessons.
Check this out - and leave your comments or request for more Blenko Glass information.
Friday, April 02, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
This photo is from the collection of Beth:
ashtray/bowl (although the 1959 catalog shows it holding a candle) # 5924 in jonquil, circa 1959. I think this was only made one year but I could be wrong "
special edition vase (s) for Blenko Collectors. The vase (s) are now in the process of being made.
Don't spend all your money on Easter Baskets and Designer Easter Clothes - - keep back
cash for this very special event. HJH
"I will confirm how these are going to be offered to collectors. at the end of your three section article." WH