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, November 30, 2010
If you don't have one in your collection, take this opportunity to purchase a LTD Bunny.
Learn more about Blenko Glass visit
The Blenko Project www.theblenkoproject.org .
Monday, November 29, 2010
When you need a gift, an award, a special item, check Blenko Glass. If they don't have it chances are they'll work with you to create something.
phone 304 743 9081
Sunday, November 28, 2010
How often can you purchase a gift for under $50 and the gift comes with a story? The Blenko Angels are created by retired Blenko foreman Les Womack.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I've finished a couple new web pages on www.glassblower.info, and thought you might be interested...
BCCC Glass Arts Society Artist Demonstration Fall 2010 - Brandon Smith assisted by Karin Kozlowski
Cased Cane Incalmo Vessel with Matching Cased Cane Spider on Glass Pedestal Inside
The web page has approximately 100 photos showing the piece below being made.
I've also created a new web page for Glassblowing Wood Blocks and Wood Molds
If you have any ideas for vendors beyond the three I have listed:
Gary Guydosh / Hot Block Tools
Art Reed / Sweetwater Glass
Blockhead Tools (orders through Olympic Color Rods)
I would be happy to add the additional sources.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Talk about your glass, the art of collecting, the friendships you've formed over glass.
Photo of a front porch in Kanawha County - Blenko and Osburn Glass on display.
Mark Twain said: " There are two kinds of speakers, those that are nervous and those that are liars."
Today tell someone about West Virginia and American Glass.
Ask a teacher if you can speak with a glass about West Virginia and American Glass.
Invite your neighbor to visit Blenko or Osburn or Hinkle Glass with you.
Share the joy of collecting West Virginia and American Glass.
" I know, you are a bit fearful of speaking....we'll remember what Mark Twain said, and step forth!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Recently I heard you say " Husted was doing a limited edition series of glass." I phoned both Blenko and Osburn Glass neither seem to have any knowledge of this limited series.
My questions are: Do I have to be a member of the blenko collectors society to purchase? If so how do I become a member?
Do you know anyone with the entire 1st series for sale? How do I sign on for this series?
You may either email me or I'll check the blog, I bet I'm not the only one confused about this.
www.waynehusted.com should answer most all your questions about ordering.
You do not have to be a member of Blenko Collectors.
There was a post on the blog. 10/12/10 and earlier in September. If you are new to the blog, I suggest you check these two post. If after this you have questions email email@example.com and I'll attempt to get answers.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Shopping early for the Holidays?
Check out the Blenko Glass VC Shop located in Milton, WVa.
Last week Audra found the Blenko limited edition Bunnies
in the gift shop.
These beauties are signed and numbered.
Great holiday gifts for anyone on your list.
Ask the ladies at Blenko about packing for shipping and direct shipping.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Think Blenko Glass
Shown is a clam bowl, the Visitor Center Gift Shop located in Milton, WV has 2 large tables filled with tableware
and a large selection of bowls. The selection of colors will never be larger than those available between mid November and Jan. 1st. Blenko Glass always works extra shifts to make certain the gift shop has everything you are
Shop Blenko Glass on line or at the VC - gift shop for all your Holiday gifts.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
While I'm not a Marshall grad, I do love the Marshall GREEN - no one does Marshall Green better than BLENKO GLASS. Mr. Bill and Mr. Rick Blenko have been season ticket holders at MU for more than 40 years.
At a tailgate a few weeks ago I saw some blue and gold bowls
not the ones with WVU logo but beautiful large bowls filled with
Chex Mix and Chips they were clear with blue and gold bands.
After some investigation I was told they were Blenko from Charleston, but the owner didn't know anything else.
What are they and how do I go about getting them?
These are nicer than the logo items. I would like to purchase 2 as a Xmas gift. I'm enclosing my charge card #.
Dr. Ralph Nelson
Check out the photo ( above) if this is the bowl you saw - they are made by Blenko ( a group of 3 different items ) the grouping was called WATERCOLOR .
Today I phoned, and while the item isn't being made, a vase in this design is available at the VC gift shop for $110. Also Mountain Made ( google) has this bowl for $160.
You might also phone: Kissin Kate's, The Ole Timey Shop, and any of the other nearby dealers. Ask about the Watercolor series.
Remember, when you want to purchase glass - phone 304 743 9081 I don't sell glass.
Hope this helps.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Our blog friends from Nashville ask that we publish this:
Organizer name and contact info:
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
T 615.244.3340; F (615) 244-3339
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00–5:30 p.m.
Frist Center Members - free
Visitors 18 and under - free
College students (with I.D.) $7.00
Groups of 10 or more (advance reservations required) $8.00
Seniors (65 and older) $7.00
Military (with current military ID) $7.00
Web page (URL):
Monday, November 08, 2010
Eaton Rapids Public Schools Education Foundation
STUDIO ART GLASS VASE BY BLENKO GLASS COMPANY - Item number: 260688119771
Sunday, November 07, 2010
If you can't attend email for photos and a price list.
Annual Holiday Show of Pottery
Created by Keith Lahti
With Ceramic Jewelry by Cree Lahti
Saturday and Sunday
November 13 & 14
Noon to 5:00 Each Day
Directions: I-79 to Big Otter, Exit 40 (Rt. 16). North on Rt. 16 to Nebo (about 3 miles), Right on Nebo-Walker Rd. and go 8/10 of a mile,
Bear left up hill on Walker Road (sign says Nebo Baptist Church).
Go to top of hill & down the other side,
Driveway is on left at bottom of hill.
Phone (304) 286-2635,
(call if you need another time)
Also happening out this way the same days:
Open Studio at McColley Studio with-
Connie McColley, Sterling Silver Jewelry
Lynn Gundry, Stained Glass
Tom McColley, Turned Wooden Bowls
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Your glass may be an 828M designed by Don Shepherd
for Blenko Glass.
See photo ( attached) this glass is available often on line for less than the $225 you paid.
It should not have bubbles in the glass.
We could not publish the photo you sent, Blogger requires a clear photo.
To my knowledge this swirl was not made in a decanter. I've checked the Blenko materials I own, if anyone has a photo of a decanter with this swirl please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sally states: "' the seller had 3 pieces, I bought this one for $225, he wanted $400 for a matching decanter."
Sally, if you have photos of the decanter please send to email@example.com . HJH
Friday, November 05, 2010
This is a question we received multiple times per week.
My usual response is to send a form email with 3 or 4 regional dealers - after checking the senders address.
For those of you in the tri state area: Purple Moon Charleston, WV is always my first ( and local) choice for
vintage items - furniture, lamps BLENKO, and other pieces of art.
Kissin Kate's of South Charleston is said to have a large selection of
high quality Vintage Blenko.
The Bronze Look in Princeton has a large store front and a big online business, they offer glass made by many West Virginia artist.
In Charleston, the Second Seating ( YWCA sponsored store) often has Blenko and other WV glass. The ReStore - The Habitat for Humanity thrift store on occasion has Blenko and other WV Glass in the section toward rear of 1st room marked 'odds n ends.
In South Charleston, WV around the corner from the Main Tinn (Chinese Restaurant) one will find several large consignment shops with WV Glass.
In Nitro, WV you'll find three large consignment shops - one was formerly a Kroger's Grocery Store all filled with vendors.
In Ashland, Ky on Clinton Street there is a small shop without a phone owner by Oliva Napier who sells only hand made glass from the 60- 80 most of it was made by her Uncle who worked for Viking.
The Shops of Milton across the street from Heck's Funeral Home - The Ole Timey An Antique Mall with 40+ dealers * always has Blenko ( end of day pieces, vintage and some new) the other shops on this street also have Blenko items.
Trophy Hair on Virginia Street in Charleston most often "Knows" where to find vintage Blenko - she's always a good source for the unusual and expensive.
The Gallery in Ironton - has no phone and is open only on Saturdays is a source of Blenko. Its my understanding her uncle was a Blenko employee in the early 60s.
If you have a favorite Blenko source or you sell Blenko email firstname.lastname@example.org to share the address, phone # and other info.
In January we start compiling a new list of Blenko dealers - flea markets - etc to pass on when requested.
Don't forget the Visitor Center Gift Shop located at Blenko Glass 304 743 9081. You'll find the very best prices of new Blenko
with an occasional surprise - an experimental piece, an end of day piece, or something that didn't make it into the regular line.
http://www.vmglasshouse.com/ is an out of state seller of glass, his specialty his
vintage glass. hjh
* Correction - Ole Timey Shop is not a consignment shop but an antique mall -
we'll feature The Ole Timey Shop later this month - with photos and a short story about this exciting shop. Blenko collectors new and old find treasures in this building.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
The photo you sent was taken during the Festival of Glass - where for a fee anyone can attempt to blow glass.