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.
Monday, January 31, 2011
This week I had a note from Margie saying " check out the Blenko online 2011 catalog,' I did and you'll want to also.
This 5929L is being offered in 3 colors for $400. Its 36 inches high.
Water bottle collectors will be delighted to learn there are
a half dozen or more new water bottles.
www.blenkoglass.com You'll want to visit the website and the Blenko Glass Museum and Gift Shop located in Milton, W.Va. (gps directions are on the web site).
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Can you tell me what Blenko employee did this stain glass panel? We're building a new home and I want a glass panel in the dining room window. The window is 36 x 54. Do I need to provide a drawing or do I list what we would want in the panel? Next question is colors, how do I know what colors Blenko has. With my decorator we are using the crayola color names. Can you give me info about price and also how long it might take. We expect to be moved in within 16 -18 months.
This stain glass artwork is located upstairs of Blenko Glass in what is commonly called 'The Blenko Museum of Glass', the stain glass work was not created by Blenko Glass employees.
I'll write today to ask Blenko who did create this panel and forward the info, or you could phone 304 743 9081 to make this inquiry.
In our area Shoebe Glass located in Huntington, W.Va., Franklin Art Glass in Columbus, Ohio, and Amanda's Stain Glass in Charleston, WVa are stain glass artist that I could recommend.
Blenko Glass floor vases and lamps are available at the Blenko Glass Gift Shop in Milton, WV and on line. HJH
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Take this opportunity to donate money to your shelter. Volunteer at the shelter or with a rescue group. The economy is bad, the need has never been greater than it is today.
The cold and ice is not good for animals. If you own a dog or cat please bring them inside during the cold days and nights - or make certain they have a warm shelter. During winter months animals need a consistent source of food and water.
This is the time of year when the Shelters and Rescue Organizations have the greatest need for money and volunteers.
I volunteer with SMALL PAWS RESCUE http://www.smallpawsrescue.org/ this group is a bred specific group - they rescue only BICHONS.
Ms B (Blenko) is a bichon. (see photo).
Please never buy a dog or cat from a Pet Store. Buy only from an established breeder, better yet ADOPT. Many pure bred dogs are daily up for adoption.
If you can not adopt. Don't have room for a cat or dog. DONATE to a local shelter or Rescue Group. Don't wait any longer, donate today. hjh
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Any Doll house collectors in your circle of friends? If so suggest
they combine this passion with Blenko Glass and use the Blenko minatures in the Doll house!
http://www.postbulletin.com/news/stories/display.php?id=1441202 Photo / Blenko paperweight
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Diane Weber of Sunny California - a Blenko Collector and an original member of the Blenko Collectors Society designs and crafts these hand made cards. They are often available at the Blenko Glass Gift Shop and available every day in Diane's Etsy Shop.
I triple matted a few of these - they hang on the wall near my collection of Blenko Glass.
You'll want one in each color. hjh
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Also, if anyone have the first 4 WV Birthday Pieces and want to sell? If so, I have a list of 4 buyers.
#5 13" across; don't know designer
#6 15 1/2" tall 4" top; #8310M by Don Shepard
#7 11" tall; 5" across; don't known designer
#8 14" tall; 2" top; 626M missing stopper Wayne Husted
More photos available on request.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
and his descriptions.
If you have an interest send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll forward the info.
Thanks for reading and for collecting Blenko and WV Glass.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Saw this photo and thought about the blog. I think its Blenk and it appears to be a cigar ashtray?
I've seen ashtrays but this is the first bowl for cigar ashes I've seem. Anyone know anything about these? Are there enough so that I might start to collect? I have a collection of humidors. Sam Tyree
Sam I sent notes with the photo to several long time Blenko Collectors - thus far no response. We'll post on the blog, check back for comments. HJH
Thursday, January 13, 2011
There is a two-page spread on pages 36 & 37 of the December 2010 / January 2011 issue of Inc. Magazine.
Superimposed on the two-page photograph is this sentence:
"Glass blowing is beyond a hobby for me. It's what makes me tick as a person."
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Bruce writes: ' The second photo is of a nice pair of Myers designed 64D's in Lemon and Peacock. Two good finds from ebay that were mislisted and appear to have never been used. Great optic pieces with very different finishes to the upper lip.'
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Friday, January 07, 2011
Thursday, January 06, 2011
If other vases become available I'll post the photo or description - check back.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Sunday, January 02, 2011
I am NOT a fine arts major, a glass expert or an English/Journalism major. I don't have all the glass answers. I am inquisitive, don't mind asking people for answers - I believe in lifelong learning. This blog will I hope be a place where we can learn together.
If you have been to the Blenko Factory, or are a retired or former glass worker or just have photos of unusual Blenko and / or Blenko stories to share - this is the place - I'd love to see/hear them.
For the last 2 years I have spent all my free time traveling to meet former Blenko and other glass workers and designers. I want to learn more about Blenko and W. Va. made glass. . . and I want YOU to THINK before buy glass...who made the glass. The number of glass factories in the US has declined by almost 72% in the last 15 years.
Together we can stop this trend. Be an advocate for MADE IN WV.
Blenko Glass Factory is located in Milton, W.Va., less than 20 minutes from Huntington, W. Va.
Saturday, January 01, 2011
In our house we spend the week after 1/1 writing thank you notes.
For Blenko Glass Collectors or for a gift giver who appreciates design the Diane Weber BLENKO GLASS inspired note cards are a must.
If Santa didn't bring you a selection of Diane's cards . . . . .well check out the Blenko Glass (phone 304 743 9081) collection. Don't see the cards? Ask the ladies behind the counter.
This card could stand alone as a gift. When combined with a gift of Blenko it is certain to impress the recipient.
The Diane Weber cards are hand crafted of paper made in USA.