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.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

20th Annual Glass Gathering in Weston

Weston, WV – The 20th Annual Glass Gathering, a meeting of glass lovers and collectors, is scheduled for October 21 and 22 at the Museum of American Glass in Weston, West Virginia. The Gathering returns to Weston every other year after alternating with other locations that offer opportunities to study glass. Such opportunities abound in West Virginia as shown in the plans for Friday, October 21, which is touted as a day of travel, discovery and glass fellowship. Attendees will visit glass artisans in Doddridge and Ritchie counties including Eddie Seese in Ellenboro, Davis Marbles in Pennsboro and Boyce Art Glass in West Union. Special features of the day include locally prepared food and digging for glass shards.

Saturday, October 22, is a day of presentations and more glass fellowship. Topics tentatively scheduled include Fry Glass, Pioneer Glass, glass insulators, and the stained glass church windows of Weston. Others topics will be announced as confirmed. There will also be time to focus on some of the favored objects from the MAG collection.

Those who have attended past Gatherings know that Dean Six, Executive Director of the Museum, puts together two jammed-packed days that are both fun and educational. Looks like 2011 will be no exception ending with the ever popular silent auction, which is always more raucous than silent, following the banquet. Auction items are both donated and purchased by attendees with the proceeds benefiting the museum. Space within the Museum limits attendance to 100 people, so mark your calendars now and be sure to watch for information on registration.

Details regarding the Glass Gathering program, registration and lodging can be found at the website for the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia at http://www.magwv.com/ or call 304-269-5006 to receive a registration form for the Gathering.

The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day noon to 4:00pm. The balance of the year the museum is open daily noon to 4:00pm and closed on Wednesday and Sunday. Admission is free. It is easily accessible off I-79 exit 99 onto US 33 West for two miles to Main Avenue. A left turn onto Main and the museum is on the left at 230 Main Avenue. Begun in 1992, the museum relocated to its present location in 2007 and occupies 12,000 square feet with over 12,000 pieces of glass on permanent display. The museum is home to the National Marble Museum and The American Flint Glass Workers Union Archives. The museum holds an annual marble festival and numerous special exhibits throughout the year. More information can be found at http://magwv.com/. Questions about programs or the museum can be directed to 304-269-5006.


susan said...

OK I have hotel reservations in Weston rental car
and an airline to Morgantown .
What more could a single woman ask for??
Do you know if Dean Six will attend?

sweetdoc said...

I'll be there.
Dean Six is host of this event is he not?

sweetdoc said...

Glassdoc you might suggest Blenko send the new workers to this event - so they can see examples of Blenko from the 50s 60s 70s, and also examples of other local craftsmen.