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, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
At age 90 Shorty stays busy going daily to his farm, where he feeds several hundred
two and four legged creatures, plows a small garden, and hunts for the fox, he holds responsible for killing his chickens.
Shorty builds traps for wild animals, or raccoons that eat trash and then re locates them to the hills, he proudly tends a small flower bed near the small cottage in Milton he calls Home.
Several weeks ago Shorty was in the hospital for what he calls 'yet another small heart surgery'
He tells me he is feeling better and welcomes visitors. If you live in Milton, or near enough to drop in on Mr. Shorty Finley this would a time you'll find him at home.
Shorty Finley, and Jessie Carpenter often combined their skills while at Blenko to produce some of the finest glass. Both Jessie and Shorty still live in Cabell County.
The glass history, the combined oral history these gentleman possess is amazing. We should be
recording and documenting these stories.
Shorty my dear friend, if you're reading this. Get well soon. Don't go out in the heat! Not even to the Go Mart!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
On one of our trips to Milton around 1990 , after seeing relatives stopping at Blenko and Charley Gibsons. We stop at Fred Balls shop. After looking at every thing and listening to one of Freds storys he showed us a cane that was signed and that we should have it . The signature did not mean much at the time but I looked it up a while back and I was suprised at the significance of the mans name in the handcraft glass. ALESSANDRO MORETTI worked at pilgrim and did dimenstrations at the 64 worlds fair. His cousin is Mario Sanden. they are Pilgrim glass.
Thanks Larry T.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Known for his expressive compositions and a color palette influenced by his coastal surroundings in Southampton, New York and Penobscot Bay, Maine, Fairfield Porter had an illustrious career as a leading American realist painter. Michael Rosenfeld Gallery is pleased to present its second solo exhibition featuring the work of Fairfield Porter (American, 1907-1975). On view from June 4 to August 13, this exhibition consists of twelve paintings, dating from 1959 to 1975. Included are still life, landscape and portrait paintings.
Over the years, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery has championed the work of Fairfield Porter. In 1995, the Gallery presented Fairfield Porter: Drawings and Poetry, an exhibition that paired the poetry of the artist with his spontaneous line drawings.
Fairfield Porter was born in 1907 in Winnetka, Illinois; Porter grew up in a wealthy, socially progressive home with two parents who supported the arts. In 1912, his father, who was an architect, purchased Great Spruce Head Island in Maine, and later, designed and built a retreat for the family. In 1913, Porter spent the first of a life time of his summers on the island. Porter traveled extensively with his family throughout his youth. On a 1921 trip to Europe, he discovered a love for Renaissance painting. Four years later, he entered the fine arts program at Harvard University, which at the time emphasized art history over practice. In 1928, Porter completed his degree and moved to New York, where he studied at the Art Students League with Thomas Hart Benton and Boardman Robinson. In 1931, he traveled through Italy, and in 1932, he returned to the United States and married poet Anne Channing, settling in New York City. They had five children.
Although Porter remained financially unaffected by the Depression of the 1930s, he was moved politically by the hardship he saw all around him. He supported the publication Living Marxism with personal funds, and he also illustrated and wrote for Arise, another Marxist publication. In 1936 after the death of his grandmother, Porter returned to Winnetka, where he showed locally and became a member of the Chicago Society of Artists. Returning to New York in 1942, Porter befriended New York School poets and painters John Ashberry, Robert Dash, Elaine and Willem de Kooning, Alex Katz, Frank O'Hara, Neil Welliver, and Jane Wilson. In 1949, he moved to Southampton, where many of the abstract expressionist painters lived and painted. In 1951, Elaine de Kooning suggested he take over her monthly column at Art News. Porter stayed there for seven years, and in 1959, he began writing art criticism for The Nation.
Porter’s favorite statement about painting came from Henri Matisse: “Every corner of the canvas should be alive,” and his work adheres to this idea, whether the painting is a still life, a landscape, a portrait, or a scene from everyday life. Porter’s dynamic compositions of vibrant color were held in high regard by his artist contemporaries, and in the 1950s, through the recommendation of the de Koonings, Larry Rivers and Jane Freilicher, he begins to exhibit regularly through the 1960s in New York at Tibor de Nagy Gallery. His first exhibition there, in 1952, was warmly received by New York painters, but fellow critics were considerably less open-minded about his figurative expressionistic painting. It was not until the mid-1960s that Porter’s work began to get the attention it so deserved. In 1966, the Cleveland Institute of Art mounted his first retrospective exhibition, and in 1969-70, he spent a year at Amherst College as a teaching artist-in-residence. Solo exhibitions followed almost yearly at Hirschl & Adler Galleries until his death on September 18, 1975.
Today Fairfield Porter is recognized as one of the great American artists of the postwar period. His work is in the collection of over hundred public collections including The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. His work has been the subject of several monographs including Fairfield Porter: An American Classic by John T. Spike (1992: Harry N. Abrams) and Fairfield Porter: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Watercolors and Pastels by Joan Ludman (2001, Hudson Hills Press). Currently, in addition to the show at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, Porter is also the subject of an exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
I’ve just packaged the second order of fifteen cards (three red, two each orange, green, turquoise, blue, purple and brown – you’re going to LOVE the brown!) to send to Blenko tomorrow. I’m hoping Blenko will have them for the WV anniversary on the 19th. They will be $15.00 each in the Visitors Center. I will also be selling them in my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/
bottle cards listed right now, plus a couple of other non-Blenko cards, and will be making more soon. Thanks for everyone’s interest!
Diane (The Renaissance Woman)
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
For BLENKO GLASS and WEST VIRGINIA GLASS Collectors June 20th is WEST Virginia's Birthday ( google West Virginia or click on the State of WV website for a list of activities) also several West Virginia GLASS MAKERS are making LIMITED EDITION ITEMS in honor of WEST VIRGINIA DAy.
Fenton Glass will be open for tours and selling a special June 20th (Father's Day Vase).
Dave Osburn of Osburn Modern Glass is issuing his 1st Edition WV Birthday Piece
Blenko Glass will again ( June 19th) offer to 147 people a vase for $147.
Fiesta is again this year issuing a WV Birthday item.
Note: These special WV Glass Items make the perfect Wedding Gift. Correction: Fenton Glass is doing a special Fathers Day Vase for June 20th.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Heart of Glass Blog is a product of the community, we need your photos, your stories, your comments. Please continue to comment and send your photos and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org . I can't publish photos taken by professional photographers unless you also send a statement of release from the photographer. Thank you Hillary
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
West Virginia Day Celebration
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Mr. Walter Blenko will be on hand to sign glass. The Birthday Vase is signed by Artist - Bayliss and Mr. Blenko.
Questions? Please phone Blenko at 304 743 9081 *Update from Christy:
We do not have the Festival of Glass schedule completed yet, but it will be held on August 6 & 7. We will again have classes (fees apply), an on site food vendor, signings, special pieces, glass demonstrations, etc.
Monday, June 07, 2010
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Happy WV Day 2010 to everyone. I'd also like to add a hello and virtual hug to Margie Hale, longtime Blenko Heart of Glass reader who loves us all in spite of this invisibility cloak.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Ask questions of the seller. Many questions. One thing I'm certain of - the stopper shown wasn't original to this piece. I own this one and the stopper mimics the bottom its a triangle ( cone) shape. My computer won't accept photos from my camera so I can't publish a photo . Check the Blenko Collectors Four website or Blenko Museum for photo of this item with the original stopper. HJH
Note: Some collectors will ( when the price is very low) purchase Blenko and then search for the appropriate stopper. Difficult decision.