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.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Blenko Festival of Glass
August 6-7, 2010
Call 877-425-3656 for a full schedule and to sign up. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, payment must be secured by Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express.
Glass Blowing Workshop-$350.00 per person. Class limited to 8 participants. This workshop will allow each participant
to participate in each step that is necessary to create a piece of handmade glass. The process will begin with making the ball, then gathering the
glass that will become the finished piece, blowing the glass, sticking up the glass using a pontil to reheat the glass then continue to the finishing process, where the glass is sheared and opened up to the desired width. Finally, the glass will be carried to the lehr to begin the annealing process that takes
4-4 ½ hours. Participants will work with all shop members as they learn the process of making a piece of glass. Participants will be able to work on at
Least 2-3, if not more pieces each. Glass pieces will be available either later on Friday or Saturday in the shipping department. If you are unable to stay
Long enough to pick up during the Festival, please leave instructions for shipping.
Paperweight Class-$40.00 per person. Class is limited to 15 participants, ages 12-up. Each participant will choose the colors of glass frit
They want to see inside the paperweight. The participants will then participate in the making of their glass. Product will be available for pick-up in the gift shop later that day or the next day, or it can be shipped to your home. Please let us know how you want to handle picking up your product.
Lg. Windchime/Mobile Class-$60.00 per person. Class is limited to 15 participants. Create a wonderful display of art that can
Hang inside or outside your home. You will create a one-of-a-kind piece with Blenko kiln-fired sheet glass pieces. These pieces are reminiscent of
Old-fashioned ribbon candy but reflect the beauty of Blenko’s vibrant colors. Each person will be able to take home their creation immediately.
Sm. Dreamcatcher Class-$30.00 per person. Class is limited to 15 participants. Create a wonderful piece of art using Blenko
Kiln-fired sheet glass pieces cut in unique shapes and sizes. You will create a single strand dreamcatcher that you will be able to take home
Lg. Dalle Chipping Class-$125.00 per person. Class is limited to 10 participants, ages 14-up. Turn your artistic vision into a
Work of art by chipping away at a slab of glass. This class offers you the opportunity to learn the techniques involved in faceted glass art. A
Fun-filled class that is approx. 2 hours long that will allow you to experience the art of glass design. Each person will be able to take home their
Own faceted glass art creation. The item will be available 4-5 hours after the class ends or it can be shipped to your home. 18 x 18 panel.
Sm. Dalle Mosaic Class-$40.00 per person. Class limited to 15 participants, parental supervision requested under age 10. Use
your imagination to create a glass art panel using various shapes of Blenko glass including dalle de verre slabs. Participants will create their design
themselves and a Blenko employee will assist in the finishing process. The item will be available 4-5 hours after the class ends or it can be
shipped to your home. 8 x 8 panel.
Miniature Class-$40.00 per person. Class is limited to 10 participants, adult supervision under age 12. This is a wonderful chance
For anyone who has ever wondered what it fells like to work in a glass factory to try it out. During this class you will learn to cast some of Blenko’s
Miniature figurines, including animals, hearts, etc. Each person gets to take home two of their creations. The items will be available 4-5 hours
After the class ends or can be shipped to your home.
NEW FOR 2010
Stepping Stone Mosaic-$20.00 per person. Class is limited to 10 participants. A great class for kids. A variety of forms
will be available to choose from. A fun way to create your own custom garden stone using colorful glass gems made by West Virginia’s
own Marble King, based in Paden City, WV. Item will be available a few hours after completion of the class to allow the plaster drying time.
Christmas Ornament Class-$35.00 per person. Class is limited to 6 participants. Each participant will choose their own
frit colors and assist our skilled craftsmen in creating their very own one-of-a kind round Christmas ornament that can be displayed and shared
with their family and friends. Ornament will be available 4-5 hours after the class ends or the next day.
Stained Glass Panel-$60.00 per person. Class is limited to 6 participants. You will learn the basic steps required to make a
stained glass panel and will then create your own unique piece with the assistance of Blenko employees. You will learn basic cutting, grinding
and soldering techniques during this class. You will be able to take your creation with you immediately, but will receive instructions as to how
long it needs to set up before it can be displayed.