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.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Vintage Blenko

Vintage Blenko. Les Womack, Shorty Finley, no two people have been more involved with creating fine vintage Blenko. Consider yourself 'lucky' if you find an item signed by either Shorty Finley or Les Womack.

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.
On Tuesday
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.


Anonymous said...

pictures please
please return to pictures of glass

Anonymous said...

David Osburn began his career as an artist in 1973 with Blenko Glass located in Milton, WV. He started as a "carry in boy", working his way up through the years to master glass blower. When he departed from the company thirty three years later, he was their interim designer/production supervisor.

In 2006, David decided to branch out on his own, and left Blenko to pursue that dream. He purchased the then defunct Gibson Glass factory, also located in Milton, WV.

Osburn Modern Glass opened it's doors in September of 2006. Since that time, we have amassed a huge database of repeat customers, and wholesalers in forty five states. Dave attributes his success to the endless variety of colors and styles we offer. The comment he most loves to hear is for a customer to say that they can't make up their mind. He feels that this means he is doing his job. The quality of his glass is his number one priority, and since all the pieces are blown right here on the premises by Dave himself, he has only the highest standards for what goes to our customers. Each piece of glass he creates is signed and dated by David himself, before being shipped or put on display. While Osburn Modern Glass may be small in size compared to other companies, it allows us to price our glass very affordably, without compromising quality.
Check out Osburn for vintage looking glass at very good prices.
Alice H.

Anonymous said...

just wanted to say Hinkle's exhibit remains at the State Capitol Cultural center
It is a sight to behold.
Ron Hinkle's Dying Glass Art
well if you see his glass you
will say I'd die for this.
Amazingly talented man, we drove 5 hours and I want to return before the exhibit leaves. One more thing the director allows photos of everything and you can touch the glass.
WV you rock!