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, July 14, 2011
How do I determine if the glass is Blenko or not Blenko ? Handmade or not handmade? Made in USA? So many questions? Help! I want to make no mistakes.
Your note made me think of the Hasidic Proverb 'One who looks for glass ( a friend) without fault will have none.' We all made and continue to make mistakes when buying glass. Things are not often as they appear ( art work by Carie Humphrey of Charleston, WV ) I'm incline to agree with a statement by Roy Adjak ' Good Art is not what it looks like but what it does to us.' Buy what you like.
My suggestions (a) purchase books, (b) visit Blenko - handle the glass, observe the weight, the style, the colors (c) join a group - a group of glass collectors (d) buy only from 'known' dealers - you didn't include an address, in the Tri State area I would immediately recommend the South Charleston Antique Store - Dreama Wood and Kissin Kate both have booths.
I'll be the first to admit I'm not an expert in Blenko or any other field - therefore I befriend and rely on people who have knowledge. Thank you for reading Heart of Glass, I hope you will check out the Blenko Project http://www.theblenkoproject.org/ to learn more about Blenko Glass - the history, the current glassworkers and for photos of Blenko Glass collections. hjh