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.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
One of West Virginia's finest manufacturers is again having a Tent Sale. Complete your own set, start a set for
a relative, or just stock up on Christmas Gifts.
The prices are extremely low for items in the tents.
Bring a towel or cloth to clean the items and check for stratches, and also a wagon or someone strong to carry
Mark your calendar: Oct 14, 15, and 16th Tent Sale at the Festisa Factory Outlet.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Thank you for writing. Blenko continues to make each year on or about June 20th a special vase to celebrate West Virginia's Birthday. http://www.blenkoproject.org/ .
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Everette " Shorty" Finley retired Blenko glass blower recently suffered yet another small heart attack. He was released from St Mary's Hospital www.st-marys.org on Saturday evening.
he was feeding animals at his farm and visiting friends at Blenko Glass.
Les Womack has been blessed with excellent health since his initial retirement and he returned recently to Blenko Glass to begin making ANGELS and Snowmen for the Holiday Season. May I suggest you stop by Blenko soon for the largest selection of Angels.
Angels are a special holiday item, however, my family often uses the Blenko Angel in place of a floral arrangement when visiting a sick friend, or as a gift for someone undergoing surgery or chemo. The ANGELS are a wonderful gift for any occasion.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Closeout! 50% Off - Everything Must Go!
Friday & Saturday, September 24th and 25th - 10am to 4pm!
Sunday, September 26th - Noon to 5pm
This sale features exceptional quality home furnishings, bedrooms with vintage furniture and Two Craftmatic Adjustable Beds. Tables, chairs, Technics Stereo system, and much more!
Original and fine art prints, exceptional glassware from Fenton, and Tiffin. Fine dinnerware including Franconia China in the Millefleurs pattern and Fostoria American Glassware!
Hundreds of records including 78s, LPs and Boxed sets all in top-rate condition. Lots of collectibles, books, vintage treasures and kitchen items.
Three televisions, knick knacks, etc.
You will not want to miss this! Watch preview video on the Purple Moon blog for a glimpse of the items in this great sale which began last weekend!
Friday and Saturday September, 24th/25th from 10am - 4pm and Sunday, September 26th from Noon - 5pm.
Here we see some glass birds, all made in West Virginia. The red and green pieces are Fenton: the green one is a two-piece candle holder; the red eagle is a stamped commemorative, bicentennial piece (1976-1776). The blue bookends are BLENKO. I've owned these for years but have seen several pairs for sale lately, especially in amber and clear. Finally, the owl roosting in the back is a Viking ashtray. I don't actively collect glass birds but, over the years, these have flown onto my shelves and I really enjoy them. I have a couple of the Viking glass birds with the long tails; however, they seemed too delicate to hang out with these heavyweights. Notice the birds have been reading a lot lately. They've just finished reading the Appalachians and are moving on to PEANUTS. However, on their "to do list" is to finish reading Senator Byrd's autobiography, "Child of the Appalachian Coalfields."
I'd love to see other readers share their glass bird photos. At the very least, I'm hoping the comments section of your blog will work so that we can get a reaction or two from this one!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
WVU and Marshall logo plates, decanters, bowls etc. plan a trip before your next football game.
The very best pre and post game parties will include Blue and /or Green
Learn more about Blenko Glass http://www.blenkoproject.org/.
I have 2 boxes of glass my Mom marked as Bischoff Glass.
Is this a branch of Blenko Glass?
Where can I find values? The glass is from the 40s I believe.
Bischoff was located in Culloden, WVa. My suggestion is you
contact the West Virginia Museum of American Glass in Weston, WV www.wvmag.com.
Another resource is the Blenko Collectors Four , you might also google Bischoff and follow the various links.
If this doesn't answer your question, email firstname.lastname@example.org send the photos and I'll try to find answers for you.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
#3 Blenko Glass photo taken during the Festival of Glass by Phani.
when he left to open his own studio he was the foreman at Blenko Glass. Osburn designed and signed many items of glass while at Blenko. He worked with Richard Blenko
to design a couple of the WV Birthday Pieces.
When time permits stop by Osburn Glass. Dave is still small enough to allow for special request - he recently made wine glasses for my Mother, and a challis for
a local church. If you don't see what you want - or have something 'special' in mind. Ask Dave if he can make the item.
The prices at Osburn Glass are much lower than we as Blenko Collectors are accustom to making.
Osburn Glass and Hinkle Dying Art Glass are two of the most well known art glass studio in West Virginia.
Osburn Glass is up the road from Blenko glass - about 1/2 mile. Watch for signs.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
by Wayne Husted.
When Deb Novak and Richard Blenko were in San Francisco in 2002 for one of Blenko’s Public Television Promotions, Deb Novak advised me that if Blenko had a new design for Blenko’s iconic 384 Water Bottle it would be great for their TV promotions.
So I decided to create an up-dated version of the Iconic Blenko 384 Water Pitcher/Vase.
I named it “ PT Cruiser” because it was historically parallel to the Chrysler’s update of a 1936 car design.
For my newly modified version of the design from Osburn Modern Glass it is reborn as a Gemstone Carafe.
The Variations Group from which the new Oval Gemstone Carafe was developed totaled 12 designs, a design for each month of the year, for example: a Sun design for August, a Red and Green pitcher/vase for December, a Ruby heart for February and a rainbow shape for January.
After Dave Osburn left Blenko to open up his own studio glass shop up the road in Milton, I moved the molds from the Blenko factory to Osburn Modern Glass where some of the molds have been modified and the June bottle is now offered in four jewel like colors. Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald / Amethyst and Crystal.
David and I will be adding more Gemstone pieces and jewel colors. I have several new designs in mind, and plan to sketch them and put them on my new FaceBook page so that collectors of American Art glass can cast their vote for the next Husted/Osburn creation in the Gemstone colors.
The Gemstone offering can be accessed at gemstonecarafes.com or by Googling email@example.com
People who love and collect hand blown glass know that while imported glass is much cheaper because of low labor costs, very cheap imports offer the unique beauty and creativity of American Styled handblown glass.
You can read more about the Gemstone Carafe venture at the Gemstone website: gemstonecarafes.com.
Or requste their mailer at: Husted Designs, POBox 515, Mill Valley, CA 94941.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Here is a nice grouping of yellow Blenko. I collect Blenko and also sell some pieces online at www.muddycreekantiques.com as well as at The Old Timey Shop in Milton, WV. This group includes vase #607 in jonquil, #595 in jonquil and #64D in lemon.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
On special occassions Blenko Glass offers a few workshops - Tony Patti from Glassblower sent
along this information about a glass.
For most of you its a 2 hour drive - The price is right and the instructors are excellent!
www.glasslightstudio.com is the website.
Glasslight Studio is proud to announce it's 2010 Fall workshop schedule!
Workshops run 9am-5pm and cost $160 per person. It's a fun time had by all! Come out and join your fellow glass junkies and make some really cool glass!
Register with Pat Ackerman via email - firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 215-991-4036, (H) 610-692-6378.
Check out the studio's website for info and directions: www.glassslightstudio.com
Some of you are interested in ornaments. We have not designated a specific date as of yet. Usually it happens in Nov. If you are interested please let me know and we'll develop a roster.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Hillaryy the French say L'ete' c'est fini - - - and the calender is a reminder end the summer on a high note.
If you haven't take 15 minutes to write down all the things you wanted to do over the summer but never got around to. Put your list in an envelope. When you get next year's calendar, paperclip the list to the first day of June and then open it. Don't forget to mark
the calendar with the Blenko Glass Festival, The WV Birthday /Blenko sale in June and Ganesh Chateurthi ( for Chitra's calendar. Mark local glass festivals - in Conn. its the 2nd week of July, In West Virginia Appalachian Glass does a Glass blower reunion / Festival of Glass in March. One way to include everything is to check out your state and neighboring states website.
Observe this year the autumnal festival of Michaelmas on Sept 29, which is the feast day of St Michael the Archangel. This ancient English harvest festival dates back to the sixth century. Its a tradition in our house to have blackberry or raspberry treats - pies, tarts or blackberry jam on scones with tea.
As a reader of the blog, I am aware of the infrequent post. I'm in agreement with Bridget we should all be contributing with possible articles and photos. Next week after our
glass trip I promise to send photos. We're a thousands miles from WV but Blenko is Blenko
and as Blenko Collectors we enjoy seeing photos.
Bridget suggested you ask readers for contributions of articles / post / what ever it is you call writings for a blog. Do this, you have nothing to loose. Also ask local vendors to send you photos of WV Glass they are offering. We visit each year the Purple Moon and Mason Blues in Mason County, start with these shops.
If you ask, people will contribute and the people who write the long and caustic post might focus their energy on a well composed
post for an upcoming blog.
Just wanted to sound off.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Note: Not all the items in above photo are currently in stock.
This season - wear your school colors for every game - and set the mood of your pre and post game celebrations with BLENKO!
This estate contains a dozen or so very old, (50 - 60s and a couple pieces from 70s) signed by the artist & or designer.
No Blenko is priced for more than $400.
Tammy Fowler the owner of Trophy Hair and Antiques / Estate Sales doesn't allow for
online buying. However you may phone Trophy Hair and she'll email you photos and prices. For a small fee she will arrange shipment.
These prices are extremely low - as the family wants everything cleared out during the sale.
Trophy Hair will open again on Tuesday - If, like me you get anxious to see good quality, low priced vintage Blenko - - you may phone and leave a message during the weekend.