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, August 03, 2010
Festival Of Glass Classes
$350.00 per person. Class limited to 8 participants. This workshop will allow you 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.
$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. Product will be available for pick-up in the gift shop later that day or 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 immediately.
Lg. Dalle Chipping Class
$125.00 per person. Class is limited to 6 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 10 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.
$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 feels 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 Classes for 2010
Stepping Stone Mosaic Class
$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 the next day for pick up.
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 Class
$65.00 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.
If you are interested in participating in any of the classes, call us at 877-425-3656.