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.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Winslow Anderson Art on display

HMOA. Blenko Glass. Huntington Museum of Art

Huntington Museum of Art
will have an instillation from Nov. 12-Feb. 12
"Macy's Presents Haiti to Huntington: A Journey of Color":. Features paintings by Blenko Glass' first designer, Winslow Anderson, inspired by his travels to Haiti over a 40-year span.

for more on WV Gallery shows across the state, visit:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tangerine Myers Decanters

Blenko Glass. Blenko Tangerine Glass. Vintage Blenko Glass. Blenko. Blenko. JP Myers for Blenko.

Hi HIllary,
Let's just call this my updated Tangerine Myers decanter photo since all but one of these has been added to the collection over the years since I shot the other photo of a larger group of Tangerine decanters that is still posted on the Blenko Project "Collections" page. All of these are Myers designed pieces. They are from left to right Blenko #6617, Blenko #6711-S Thread wrapped decanter, Blenko #678 "Brain" decanter, Blenko #6523 Flask-shaped decanter, and Blenko #7019. Lots of variatiAdd Imageons in shapes and textures between the pieces yet they hold together as a wonderful group.
Hope you enjoy,
Bruce S

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Board Members - The Blenko Project

We have 3 openings for Blenko Project Board Members - we meet on line, this is a commitment of less than 2 hours per month.
If you wish to nominate your self or a friend write to theblenkoproject@aol.com

please include
a phone contact and mailing address and a brief history of your involvement with Blenko Glass.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Arlon Bayliss photos

Blenko. BLenko. BLenko. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko.

Thank you for the photos of Arlon Bayliss - Blenko Glass designer.
Blog readers and Blenko Collectors seem to agree he is one of the best
things to happen at Blenko in decades.

Hillary, Good Morning,

Hope you are doing well and staying busy with everything.

The attached are the pictures of Arlon Bayliss with Chris Schifflet, one of the Blenko BD 2011 glass collector.

Could you please post this picture in the blog. I think there are several of these pictures which were missed from the original email in the post for the BD 2011 event.

Thank you,


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Handblown Vessel Is It Blenko?

Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. theblenkoproject . Blenko Glass . Blenko

Readers I'm attaching a letter for Julie and 3 photos of her vase, is it Blenko, what
can we tell her about this vase?

I found your website and am wondering if you might have a few minutes to let me
know if this is a Blenko piece.It appears to be handblown, is signed on the
bottom, and is approximately 15" tall. I am going to send two more emails with
the signature and a closeup of the stopper. If you don't have time to let me
know your opinion I understand.
Many thanks,

Friday, September 23, 2011

Glass Studio to Open November 2, 2011

Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. Blenko. Blenko.

This message from our friend Tony Patti:
The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio is adjacent to the Museum in a modern, 7,000-square-foot facility. The Glass Studio will be equipped to accommodate aspiring and master artists alike. The state-of-the-art facility will support artists working in a variety of glassmaking processes, including blown glass, casting, fusing, flameworking and cold working. The facility will be the only one of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region, and will spotlight the Chrysler’s extensive glass collection.

The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio will be a place for learning. Through a range of programs—including public demonstrations, classes, a Visiting Artist Series and an Artist in Residence Program—the Glass Studio will inspire new levels of appreciation and understanding of the Museum's extensive collection of historical and contemporary glass. The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio will provide the following programs:

•Free public demonstrations designed to complement visitors’ experience of the Chrysler's renowned glass collection.
•Fee-based workshops for individuals and small groups of teenagers and adults, as well as master classes with accomplished professional artists.
•Special demonstrations for school and adult tours that would cover a variety of specific topics, including the science of glassmaking and historical processes and techniques.
•Partnerships with regional institutions to offer introductory and advanced courses, as well as pre-professional internships.
•Visiting Artist Series is for established artists that are handpicked to come to the Museum and do live demonstrations in the glass studio as well as a public slide lecture of their work.
•An artist-in-residence program that would invite artists to undertake projects supported by their study in the Museum's collections and its research library.
•Glass Studio rental available to professional artists

For More information http://www.chrysler.org/about-the-museum/glass-studio/

Chrysler Museum of Art
245 West Olney Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Blenko Glass

Hi Hillary,
Last of the Ruby shots is this trio. From left to right you have a Pre-designer Blenko #519, next is the Myers designed Blenko Gump's decanter, and last is the Pre-designer Blenko #368 (7"). Blenko's Ruby is so rich and deep that it just is a wonderful color to have in anyone's collection. Hope you have enjoyed,
Bruce S

Note: In the BLENKO MUSEUM located upstairs of Blenko Glass Gift Shop there are a number of vintage Blenko - Ruby items by Winslow. A number of pre designer items are located in the side shelf. The Blenko Glass Museum at Blenko is open each day - - you may use these displays to properly identify your Blenko Glass by year and designer, there is no charge for the self guide tours of Blenko Museum or for entrance to the observation gallery - - where you can observe the Blenko Glass workers creating the new 2012 Blenko Glass line.
Blenko Glass. Blenko. Blenko Museum. Blenko Gift Shop. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

More Ruby Blenko from Texas

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Hi Doc,
Next up is a nice pair of ruby vases albeit one very large jug and a large ruffle bowl. The smaller piece is a Blenko #947-L (5") designed by Winslow Anderson with a Blenko Pre-designer #443 (17 1/2"). Large or small Ruby is still one of my favorite colors.
Bruce S

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Why I love Ruby Blenko - A Photo in place of 1,000 words.

Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. BLenko. Blenko. Blenko Glass. Blenko. Blenko.
Most serious Blenko Collectors love RUBY BLENKO.
The Ruby color in pre 1985 is said to be richer, and more translucent. Study Bruce's photos compared with current ruby color and you too will see the difference.
I must admit I'm one of those collectors who love 'all' Ruby Blenko,
Some of my favorite Blenko items are the ones being made by this moment by Randy Rider, Mark Davis and crew. The staff at Blenko is smaller than before but the quality of employee has never been higher.
The office is now more streamline, the gift shop is working to improve customer service and their knowledge of inventory and history of Blenko, the
' the factory crew' he makers of the glass are all veterans and they want to see Blenko become more successful.
You are a key ingredient in this success. You must purchase the glass! Buy new Blenko !
All Blenko is MADE IN USA! Made in West Virginia, by your friends and neighbors.
Blenko Glass. Blenko Museum. Blenko Project. Blenko Ruby.

Hi Hillary,
Thought you would enjoy a few shots from this past week. Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. I am sending several Ruby photos tonight of some not so typical pieces. First off is this trio of some of my favorites. From left to right a Pre-designer Blenko #374 (6") thread wrapped vase, a Husted designed Blenko #538 (4"), and the Blenko Pre-designer specialty line #3625 (6") Cobweb Urn vase.
Bruce S

Sunday, September 18, 2011

2011 Ornament Set

Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko Glass. Blenko. Blenko.

New for 2011, our 3-piece set of Christmas medallions features a Kiwi Christmas Tree medallion, a Topaz Stocking medallion, and a Electric Blue Wrapped Gift medallion. This set is a must have for any glass collector and makes for a great Christmas gift.

Price: $44.00 includes storage box


Friday, September 16, 2011

Can you Help this reader ID her glass?

Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko Glass. Blenko. Blenko.


I am looking to see if anyone can help me identify the year that this Blenko vase or decanter was made.

I have looked at numerous websites and hundreds of photos and have not been able to find this piece.

Would appreciate any help you can give.

Thank you.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Jade Decanters

Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko Glass. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Blenko Glass.

Hi Hillary,
Just wanted to send along this photo of a couple of nice Husted designed Jade decanters. On the left you have a Blenko 5825-L with a smaller #565. Both have the Crystal stoppers. I found the #565 on my latest trip to Georgia in a small mini mall in the thirty dollar range. It was mixed into a large shelf of green glass. There were a few other Blenko marked pieces in the same shop but they were all overpriced. Just another case of knowing what the seller doesn't know saving me a lot of green. Or in this case saving another collector who had asked me to keep my eye out for Jade pieces for her collection. She is enjoying the addition to her growing collection.
Hope you and the blog folks enjoy as well.
Bruce Specht

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Vote for Landau!

We are asking for your vote, will you to join me in doing something fun: vote for another fine West Virginian.

Many of us are excited that Logan County’s Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. is a finalist on the NBC show “America’s Got Talent," and I think it would be great if we can help get behind him tomorrow.

People all over the country have been able to hear his amazing vocal talents. He has made it through numerous preliminary rounds, and the final competition round is scheduled for 9 p.m. (tonight)Tuesday. After the show concludes at 10 p.m., you will be able to vote by telephone, text message and e-mail to support Landau.

West Virginia has so many talented people and so much to offer the world. Let’s help Landau fulfill his dream and show America a little bit of what we have to offer! Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com is only one of West Virginia's treasures.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fall Savings!

Take advantage of our Fall savings, now through September 30th, with our Early Bird Special by clicking on the following link, shop.blenko.com and using the promotion code FALL11 (in all caps) during checkout. With this special take 15% off any of the items featured in this newsletter. Discounts apply to Holiday Items only

You can also find a $5 in-store cupon here.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Heart of Glass - Blenko Blog

After 9/15 we will no longer use the 'red flower in her hair' photo with this blog.

We will use the image shown here. This was designed by graphic artist and illustrator

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Snowmen - Order These Now - They Sell out Months Before Xmas

Another customer favorite during the holiday season, our snownmen stand approximatley 5" tall and are available in Electric Blue and Clover.

Plain Finish Price: $42.00
Frosted Finish Price: $48.00

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Arlon Bayliss Film

Arlon Bayliss - Blenko Glass Designer created a short video entitled 'Making Blenko'
you may download or view this video at www.blenkoglass.com.
We thought the video was excellent, let us know what you think.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Williamsburg Reproduction For Sale

I have a beautiful flawless 32 piece set of Williamsburg Reproduction Blenko
glassware (Balluster design)

It was purchased by my mother in the early 60's from the Williamsburg

It has hardly been used. I would love to keep it but I have to downsize due
to unforeseen problems.

There are 10 Goblets (1 is a replacement from Bohemia glass); 12 champagne
glasses and 12 wine glasses.

I would like to sell the set. This is not the greatest picture but the set
is lovely. Would like to get $12/per glass and shipping.

Will entertain other offers.

Mary L
Pittsburgh, PA

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Angels Return to Blenko Glass

One of our best sellers around the holidays, our angels come in a variety of colors including; Pink, Purple, Pearl and Blue. Order yours while supplies last.

Price: $47.00 each

Friday, September 02, 2011


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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Can We Help THis Reader? Blenko Lady?

Folks Dr Y purchased a 'blenko lady' he now is fearful this is a reproduction. Will you be kind enough to view the photos
and make comments. If it is a Blenko Lady he wants to keep her, if not, well then she'll become a gift for someone
Thank you

Hello Hillary,

This I first thought was the original blenko lady. Its very beautiful,
it stands about 15 inch high, and is peacock blue in color.
The face on stopper is more than 2 inches in diameter. There are some
chips on the base of the stopper, and one of the hands was repaired
after a damage.
I did more research I now think that this is a replica of blenko lady
by Rossini.
Any idea what this is worth? I havent seen the original blenko lady or
the replica on sale, so am happy to get this piece.

My blenko collection is growing strong. I have some rare pieces,
including the holy family by Don Shepherd and other common pieces.
Will send more pictures later.