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.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
The Visitor Center / Museum / Glass Shop is also open.
Check website for hours.
Also the website will list the days and time the observation tower will be open to the public.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
How does the average joe, without a Blenko connection get to know the Blenko glass workers?
Sue, Shorty Finley and Les Womack and many other retired workers come back to Blenko Glass for the Festival of Glass. You might want to plan a trip to Milton during this time.
Les Womack is responsible for most all Angels and Snowmen sold at Blenko. Womack returns several times each year to assist the current Blenko Glass workers. Shorty Finley returns for Festival of Glass. Check out the www.blenkoglass.co website for information. hjh photo of Les Womack and Shorty Finley 10/10
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Shorty worked with designers Anderson, Myers, Nickerson, Shepherd, Husted and Carter.
Shorty Finley remains very loyal to Blenko and grateful for the skills he learned while at Blenko.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Beginning March 12 and running until March 26
Our warehouse is open to the general
public during this event only.
Factory over-runs discounted from
while quantities last. Limited availability
on specialty colors and designs. Prices as
marked. No additional discounts or coupons.
9 Bill Blenko Drive, Milton, WV 25541
• 1.877.425.3656 •
Friday, March 18, 2011
I hope you all will mark your calendars and attend this special event.
If you have not been to Corning NY in a while, and especially the Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG) and the wonderful Rakow Research Library,
I recommend the trip, especially during May 26–29, 2011 for the 2nd Annual GlassFest.
Corning, NY, is a town obsessed by glass. Since the late 1800s, glass has been a primary industry of this small Upstate New York city. Many important innovations in glassmaking have been developed here, including the glass covering for the light bulb, Pyrex cookware, and optical fiber.
At the turn of the century, Corning was a center for beautiful cut crystal glass and, for many years, it was the center of production for world-famous Steuben Glass—earning the town its nickname as America’s Crystal City. Today, the picturesque Finger Lakes city is home to one of New York State’s most popular upstate attractions, The Corning Museum of Glass. The headquarters of Corning Incorporated are centered here, and the city’s downtown historic Gaffer District (so-named after the traditional term for glassmaker) features numerous small glass studios and shops.
This year, the town celebrates its glass heritage with its 2nd Annual GlassFest, held May 26–29, 2011. The festival features a variety of glass-oriented activities, including:
Live glassmaking demonstrations
An evening of neon art, music and wine tastings (from local Finger Lakes wineries) in the park
Fire arts and craft vendors and demonstrations, featuring a vast selection of work from regional glass, ceramics, jewelry and metal artists
Glass-focused lectures and talks, and self-guided historic walking tours of the town
Flameworking competition, judged by renowned flameworking artist Paul Stankard
Live music and family-friendly entertainment
GlassFest 8K race
Special hands-on glassmaking workshops and special activities at The Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art all weekend
Many opportunities to purchase one-of-a-kind works of glass art
Admission to most events is free; there is some cost for wine tastings. Weekend packages are available at area hotels.
Corning, NY, is located in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country, and is surrounded by regional wineries and restaurants, beautiful lakes and gorges, and area attractions such as Watkins Glen International Raceway.
For more information about GlassFest 2011, visit www.glassfest.org.
The annual GlassFest is a four-day celebration of glass and the fire arts in the Crystal City, featuring live hot glass shows, artist demonstrations, neon sculpture, historical tours and shopping promotions. The festival kicks off on Thursday, May 26, at a special evening event at The Corning Museum of Glass and continues through the weekend with outdoor hot glass shows and glass artist demos throughout the downtown and a variety of activities and fun for the whole family.
Contact: Mike Melaro, Director of Marketing and Communications, Corning’s Gaffer District, 607.937.6292 x 108, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Just finished searching for information online for the past hour! Finally, I found your website and thought, just maybe someone there would be able to help me.
I found a very beautiful, heavy (possibly lead crystal) clear rabbit with a silver Blenko sticker. It's about 7" tall and heavy, like a paperweight. My problem I'm having is that I can find all sorts of information about Blenko glass containers, vases, etc. but nothing about an item like an animal. Has anyone in your group ever heard of Blenko making anything like this?
Thanks in advance for ANY help you can give me.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Amanda, Your photo wouldn't upload to Blogger - however, I found on the Blenko Collectors Four ( an excellent Blenko Glass resource web page) a photo of a very similar cactus. The Blenko Collectors Four says " Trey Gott is responsible for this design and the year was 95-96.
Re: Value? The after market for all glass is depressed at this time.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
My 'super powers' do not include predicting future values.
My suggestion is to buy from the 2011 catalog.
Blenko is re issuing a number of items, the vintage prices are 200% or more than Blenko's listed price for the re - issued glass.
Note: I own the horn (2) in green and gold. I own the handle water bottle (4) and I paid more than $100 for each. My guess is the Ebay price will increase before auction close.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Check out daily specials and clearance tables.
Register for glass giveaways and gift certificates.
Refreshments available Saturday, March 12 and Saturday, March 19.
Blenko Glass Company
9 Bill Blenko Drive
Milton, WV 25541
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Did Blenko make cob web glass? Can they
make it now?
What must I do to get cobweb glass?
My initial recommendation would be to phone Kissin Kate's , The Purple Moon, or Trophy Hair Antiques - all in the tri state area.
Blenko did make cobweb glass. We'll send your question and request to the Blenko Glass office.
If a reply comes, we'll post the reply. hjh
ps Thank you for buying Made In USA glass, and for considering Blenko Glass when you purchase.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Monday, March 07, 2011
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Saturday - Today if Blogger is working properly at noon WVU will play the last Big East game.
After this its on to NYC.
West Virginia Fans - and most everyone in West Virginia supports West Virginia Basketball!
As a fan you'll find items from Blenko Glass priced for $10 ( or under) for a key chain to $175. All pre and post game parties are improved when you add BLENKO GLASS. http://www.blenkoglass.co/
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
This chalice was a gift from my sister-in-law this past Christmas. She had visited around Thanksgiving and mentioned that she thought she had seen what might be a piece of Blenko in one of her local shops and described it to me. I of course got excited and pulled out one of my Pina reference books to show her the piece. She said yes, that is it, and it was only $35.00 so she would pick it up for me when she returned to Florida. Of course, after she returned she pretended that it was gone, but low and behold Santa delivered this to me Christmas morning. One I had been hoping to add to the collection for years.
Moral of the story: Your friends and family may think you are over the top but they still can come through with some great finds for you.