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.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

How Do I Know Its Blenko!


The ads says " This extraordinary Blenko # 563 Mushroom Decanter was designed by Wayen Husted in 1958 for Blenko Glass.

It is 13 l/2 inches high. It has a pontail mark on the base and also has a silver Blenko sticker.

My question is on the Blenko Museum site this mushroom decanter is listed as one that

was copied How can I know I'm buying Blenko?

Thank you for your note and photo - Looking for the pontail mark is good.'
We often recommend new collectors spend their money on catalogs and spend time with the catalogs before purchasing glass.
Purchasing or borrowing a catalog and comparing the photo to the catalog. Checking measurement.
Making certain the color is correct by checking the Blenko Glass Four color chart.
If you are buying from a shop - feel the glass, Blenko is heavy glass.
Don't beat yourself up if and when you make a mistake, all collectors have one or more " mis labeled" Blenko items.
Good luck! When your vase arrives - please send a photo to share with the blog readers.
Note: One reader Eliza wrote some time ago she always buys directly from The Blenko Glass Gift Shop or online at the Blenko web site to avoid buying
mis labeled glass.
The www.blenkoglass.com website and the Gift Shop are fully stocked. Visit the gift shop frequently as the merchandise changes daily.


Anonymous said...


susan said...

I welcome the return of vintage Blenko photos.
This glass vase, I own in four colors. It is Blenko, it is not a good color photo.
Buy this with confidence.
Please return to daily photos, and suggestions for purchases, also when possible hearing about the Blenko factory goings and comings, delicious factory stories, these are the reason I return.
Daily reader, a reluctant commentor.

Anonymous said...

I took a couple of LVI courses and several other courses. These CE courses are expensive (almost like paying for another dental school if you do the entire series of courses) The last course in LVI cost me around $4500 with transport and boarding for 3 days. Now the funny thing is, there I met a guy who has his practice in rural Ohio who is taking home 500K after paying off overheads by just doing bread and butter dentistry (like fillings, extractions, root canals). After 32 yrs of practice he got bored and has started to take courses for advanced dentistry. So, there are always exceptions, you don't have to have all these advanced courses to do good in practice, but its advisable.

Anonymous said...

Spoke with my friend who is a great
dentist, a good scientist / engineer and has a profitable
practice to ask for advise about dentistry to pass on to you.
He suggested you do LVI institute which is $3k per course - 3 days but they teach everything TMJ etcLot is not taught in dental schools (even in the ivy ones) and can be learned by going to institutes and training centers like LVI, Dawson, Pankey. Investment in CE courses would (in my opinion) be the best investment right now for you