Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Can we help this new collector?

I've recently stumbled on Blenko, and I think I'm hooked. My first piece was a 16" 2003 Sea foam colored vase I picked up at an estate sale. Then, two weeks later I ran into this piece (missing the stopper):
I've been doing some research and I've been told that it was a specialty line done by Don Shepard (signature on bottom) and also signed by W.H. Blenko. I was told it was sold through the Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC. I was wondering if you knew any other history on this piece? Was curious how many where made like this one?

Thanks for your time,


Anonymous said...

Sheperd did special pieces for Kaufman's of Pittsburgh
Diamond Dept Store in Charleston
and Biltmore
and also Williamsburg
usually no more than 50 per each of these.
series of 3 pieces were offered to each venue.
Alice H.

Anonymous said...

My Dad worked at Viking
my Mother and I want to have him included in your Blenko Project. I have phoned the 304 437 # listed and also send email without any returned response.
What is the appropriate method of contacting you?
Carolee Faulnier

Hillary J Homburg said...

The 437 4647 has not been a working # for me in more than 3 years.
Please email theblenkoproject@aol.com
In subject line write: Oral History Glass Worker
We are 2-3 weeks behind in our correspondence.
The Blenko Project

Anonymous said...

I didn't see anything like this in the Blenko books. However, the 1980 Birthay Piece, a bowl, looks to have similar feet and a bumpy base.