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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, October 27, 2010

Reader Observation

Hillary,

I think the 2010 concept came from this piece designed by Winslow Anderson:



--
Phani

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

DAMN PHANE IT SURE DOES LOOK LIKE THE BIRTHDAY VASE
ANYONE ELSE NOTICE THE SIMILARITY?
I LOVE THESE LAST 2
WV Jan WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MALE VASE ( CHARCOAL) THEY LOOK VERY GOOD TOGETHER THE 08 and 09
MOUNTAIN RITA

andreerods said...

Nothing is new.
While they share some characteristics they are not the same.
Bayliss does an excellent job of
making each Birthday bottle special.

chitrakahn said...

Doc Glasslady
We've also heard this rumor
re: Blenko leaving the antique and dalle and rondel business.
During a stain glass class three weeks ago the instructor mentioned he was looking for a replacement source of rondels.
You may be surprised to discover this statement was factual.
I shall wait to
as you say " hear it from the horses mouth"
We visited Blenko as a group 8 days ago and found very little in the VC shop. Is there another source of Blenko in the area? For us its a long drive often for nothing.

Anonymous said...

Phani
I own both this lamp and the Bday piece.
Winslow's piece has a more beautiful flow and the ribbing is
exceptional. If you have access to a museum or owner of vintage Blenko visit the same, you will never again question why most of us buy 50 s 60s and some 70s Blenko. To please doc glass I always have some new in the waiting area, and we use the new Blenko for gift giving.

westvirginiajanis said...

Dear WV Glass Lovers:

When I interviewed Mr. Bayliss in 2008, he said something to the effect that he likes to be inspired by the OLD BLENKO masters, while adding his personal twist. He wants to pay homage without replicating. That is my memory of his words (no exact quote). Mr. Bayliss was such a gentleman the day I talked to him in the Visitor's Center. He introduced me to the glass blower and praised his talent saying something like, this is the person who really makes the birthday piece possible.

He showed me prototypes of very original, creative pieces that he said would have to be priced a lot higher. They have not materialized.

The more I look at the glass of Ancient Rome and the early years of Europe, of the 20th century Scandinavian, the more I think every piece of glass holds its inspiration elsewhere.

Hillary, thank you for your efforts to maintain this blog/forum given all of your time constraints. Blogs require a tremendous amount of time and effort.

westvirginiajanis said...

It has been so long, I forgot to sign above: WV Janis for my BLENKO comment. Perhaps it will be clear from my address.

WV Janis

Anonymous said...

Andre
I miss seeing you at glass events.
Elizabeth Reber