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.

Monday, October 31, 2011

What NOT To Wear? -

You won't find these items on What Not To Wear! All Blenko Collectors have a hat a t shirt, and at least one medallion or keychain. Blenko Glass. www.blenkoglass.com
Blenko Glass has a new supply of the Blenko Glass T Shirts. You'll want to phone 304 743 9081 to order.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Life After Blenko!

Blenko's most popular designer - Wayne Husted created this a few years ago. My parents purchased at auction and later gave to me. Check Ebay frequently for works created after Blenko by Husted, and Nickerson.

Wayne Husted Designs. California. Blenko Glass Company. Blenko finest Designers.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Blenko Addiction?

I have 3 dozen un opened boxes of Blenko in my garage. How do I display so much Blenko? In the past I've separated by color, I display Ruby on Valentine Day, the Green on St Patty's Day etc...but its too much trouble. Don't say buy a display case. I own two in my dining room and I have shelves built in my living room. If any readers have ideas or can share what they do I would appreciate all help.
Brooklyn, NY

Could you be a compulsive shopper? Blenko is addictive - in my family we think of it as a POSITIVE ADDICTION!
Attached are photos from my family room. I put up very inexpensive shelving from Lowe's home improvement. Painted everything white - glass looked better with a white background.
I bought inexpensive under cabinet lights - again from Lowe's. Below are photos of WV Birthday Pieces ( just a few - I donated my collection several years ago to WVU ) the last two photos are pictures of the Variations by Wayne Husted. This was a limited edition set sold by Husted and Blenko about 6 years ago. If you find these buy them - this set and the WV Birthday Vases are undervalued. hjh

Storing Blenko. How NOT to display Blenko. Decorative Shelving. Blenko Glass Company.
Blenko Designer Series. Variations. Wayne Husted.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Unique Glass - Blenko Glass

From my personal collection - photos of chalice cups - some with twisted stems. The sizes vary from 13inches to 24 inches. Twisted stems ( part of a catalog line) and unique one of a kind lunch hour creations.
Note: The smaller ruby with twisted stem ( 12 inches) was a gift - we aren't certain its Blenko.
Do you own unique Blenko? If so, please take photos and share with new collectors! If you want to sell your unique items - even better - we have 2 dozen new ( less than one year) collectors.
write to: theblenkoproject@aol.com with photos and descriptions. Please include your name and contact info.

Spiritual. Religious Chalice. 1959-1969 Glass. Blenko Glass Company. Made In USA.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

color swirl glasses and pitchers - Blenko Glass

These items are from my personal collection - The pitcher and glasses are used daily in summer months. The vintage bar ware is not used often - however - I love the design and colors. These glasses were called 'SEXY' at the time they were designed.
Blenko is NOT making this style currently. However, there are pitchers and glasses available most weeks at the VC gift shop. On line you have a wider selection. Don't see what you want? Phone 304 743 9081 ask for Mary - perhaps they have or can make!

Vintage Glass. 1950s Glass. Blenko Glass. Barware. American Glass. Vintage Blenko Glass.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oct 27th 4-6 Open House

Cabin Creek Health Center is hosting an Open House 4-6 today for the Clendenin Health Center - a satellite of Cabin Creek Health Center.
The building is the ole Clendenin High School - renovation is superior, if you admire vintage buildings - You'll want to visit this historic building which houses a new clinic.
Cabin Creek Health Center. Oral Health In WV. Rural Health. Cabin Creek Clinic Grand Opening.

Black Glass by Blenko Glass

Ebony Glass is a collectors delight. Some collectors only buy ebony. Blenko made Ebony (black glass) several times, never for more than 2 consecutive years. Ebony hasn't been by catalog in 5 or more years.
Like Ruby, good Rose, and good tangerine - the Ebony - when you can find -is more costly. Below are photos of Ebony Glass from my personal collection hjh. An example of ebony ( older) is on display in the Blenko Museum ( 2nd floor of Blenko Glass Visitor Center & gift Shop). Black (ebony) water bottles can be found in vintage shops for under $50.

Black Glass. WV GLass. Ebony Glass. Blenko Glass. Blenko Museum and Visitor Center.

Blenko at discounted prices. Blenko unique.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Birthday Celebration - WV Blenko Glass

Photos of 1984 to 1980 WV BLENKO Birthday Vases. The most difficult to find and the most expensive to purchase.
Happy Shopping!
Check out the Antique Mall in South Charleston, WV for early WV Blenko Birthday Vases.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Blenko Glass

Today I'll write to Blenko - then let you know if this 'color' has a name.
Interesting combination of crystal -blue-& orange. The plates have a photo of Walter Blenko. We'll also ask Blenko for a good photo of this plate.
Return for additional info.
Thank you to Reader for these photos - taken 10/19/2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

GAS - - Glass Arts Society

Glass Art Society -

When is the next Glass Art Society meeting?

Is it open to the public?



Google GAS / Glass Art Society

It is scheduled for Toledo Ohio in June 2012.

We'll be there. Hope to see you there.

There is a fee - check out their web site to

learn about cost.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

U Tube - Blenko Garden

Blog Reader Dr. Harper sent a link to YouTube video called. Blenko Garden.

This video is part of a glass garden documentary that included by Dad and his glass garden.

If you enjoy gardening, and Blenko you will like the combination.

I wish I could reproduce the 20 minute film of my parents glass garden - they have an

open garden yearly - in 2012 I'll post the date, and you are welcome to drop by on this

day and visit their outdoor glass and plants.

Thank you Dr. Harper - my Dad was not aware of the video online .


Blenko Glass Garden. Blenko Garden. Blenko . Blenko. Blenko Glass Company.

Blenko Museum. Blenko Gift Shop.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Atomic Crestwood - Pumpkin Festival

I am atomic crestwood on the Blenko blog and these are the pumpkins I purchased
at the visitors center during the festival and pumpkins I purchased at the

Monday, October 17, 2011

Blenko Glass - Fall Colors

The fall colors are now at Blenko! Blenko Glass the grounds have never been more beautiful! Inside you'll find glass in fall colors of orange, brown, tangerine, as always Blenko has the largest array of colored glass.

Friday, October 14, 2011

What's for Sale At Blenko's Gift Shop?

Daily I get email asking ' whats available at the Visitors Center gift shop" the merchandise changes hourly. Below are photos of glass that was available on 10/14/2011.
Blenko Glass Visitor Center and upstairs Museum and Observation Deck are open daily. Check www.blenkoglass..com for hours.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

2011 - International Master Gardeners Visit BLenko Glass

Photo of the entry Garden of Blenko GLass - these planting were part of the 2004-2008 Blenko Project Volunteers effort to spruce up the public area of Blkenko with plants and flowers.

2011 International Master Gardener Conference ( http://mastergardeners.ext.wvu.edu/) is being held in Charleston, WV this week.

John Jett from WVU Extension Office is Co Chair.
Gardeners from 50 States are in Charleston for this event.
Today ( Thursday) a group of Master Gardeners will be visiting Blenko Glass. We hope to publish photos of their
visit on the blog tomorrow.

Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com is a West Virginia treasure.
Katie Trippe the VP of Blenko Glass has provided a coupon for each of the Master Gardeners visiting Blenko on Thursday.
Blenko Glass made in the USA. Blenko Glass made in West Virginia. Blenko always hand crafted always made in USA!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Photos from the Milton Pumpkin Festival

Many of you were not able to get out to the Pumpkin Festival held this past weekend in Milton. Many blog readers have spent all their extra cash during the Sept Festival
of Glass. Blogger Elizabeth suggest: It would be nice if the two events were combined.

This year I went, below are a few photos (mostly Blenko!) taken at the Milton Pumpkin Festival.
If you have photos of Pumpkin Festival or any Blenko related photo you wish
to share please send to theblenkoproject@aol.com

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tangerine Question About Color and Blenko's Response

We sent Bruce's question about the variation of tangerine color . Bruce's comment and Blenko's response below.

Tangerine seems to be in several finishes but I can relate to three that come to mind that are all considered Tangerine. The pieces pictured are what most collectors see Tangerine comprised of a red/orange fading to yellow or amber coloration. A second variation is a dark red stopper/neck/top fading to almost clear or pale amber color. The third that is also Tangerine is where the piece is a reddish orange being very vibrant in color but the whole piece is close to being a solid color without any variation. You can go back into the August blog pages to see just such a photo I took of several crackle pieces in Tangerine. I do have a small footed ruffle edge vase that is bright orange in color. I am not familiar with the technique that causes the variation or fade but hopefully someone more knowledgeable will take this chance to educate us both.
Bruce Specht

Hi Hillary,
The red orange only variation is generally early tangerine glass and the coloration of those pieces differs from current pieces due to the batch formulation. There have been a number of batch changes through the years due to chemical availability and safety measures. The other color variations are due to the way the piece is worked in production (i.e. The amount of time it is heated in the glory hole, how long it takes to go from production to the lehr, as well as various batch formulations). I will speak with Randy and see if he has anything to add.


Sunday, October 09, 2011

Blenko Glass. Leaf Design

Blenko Leaf Bowl another gift under $25. Very nice design, this one is heavy and can be used outdoors. Note: Blenko does not advertise nor promote the use of their glass in the outdoor setting. Many gardeners use Blenko in their yard scapes - and for bird feeders.
With Blenko Glass you can comfortably think out side the box.

These add color to a patio, a balcony, they are often ( the larger bowls) used to house plants.
Blenko Glass made in the USA
made in West Virginia.
Hand crafted Blenko Glass.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Blenko Glass . Cabbage Bowl

What better item for this fall holiday than the Blenko Cabbage Bowl - while I prefer the green in this series, its a great serving piece in most any color.

You'll find this item and many other bowls currently on sale at the Blenko Glass Gift Shop in Milton, WVa. These bowls make wonderful Holiday Gifts.

http://www.blenkoproject.org/. Blenko Project
http://www.blenkoglass.com/ Blenko Glass
Blenko gift and museum ( upstairs). Blenko Observation Deck.
Blenko Glass coupon off.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Blenko Collectors - Bowls

Blenko Large Daisy Bowl has been around for ever! We use these as bird feeders, last spring I bought two for my yard. My folks have 3 they bought in the 80s. The glass is heavy, it can
tolerate the WVa winter.

This bowl is currently available in three colors.
Priced at under $25.
Check the Blenko Glass Gift Shop in Milton
where you can often find 2nds for less than
l/2 the list price.

Blenko Glass. Blenko Glass Company
Blenko Glass Museum and Gift Shop. Blenko Collectors. Blenko Bowls.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Milton Pumpkin Festival

WV Pumpkin Festival -

Milton WV October 7-10, 2011

The 2011 WV Pumpkin Festival invites you to come and enjoy yourself in Milton, WV on October 7th-10th.
A Full Schedule of Events can be found here.

Blenko Glass Collectors - Bowls

Blenko Clam Shell Bowl
Available on line
phone 304 743 8091

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Blenko Glass Company - Bowls

Currently available for under $145 on line and perhaps also in the Milton Blenko Gift Shop.

This is one of my favorite Blenko Glass items - It was made as a part of the Fire & Ice series. It was a collection of 3 or 4 ( depending on when it was offered) items in the same beautiful fire & ice color combination. For a WVU alum this is the perfect color combination.

Fire & Ice can often be found fill with chips for dip - and the vases filled with

flowers at WVU Football pre and post game events.

Blenko Glass http://www.blenkoglass.com/ Company located in Milton, WVa.

This week we are picturing the bowls offered in the 2012 Blenko Glass Catalogue. Reader

Cheryl wrote to ask if Blenko still made bowls? The answer is yes. Blenko has made and continues to make tableware - and a large selection of colorful bowls.

Blenko Glass . WV Birthday Vases

Suzanne wrote to say she sold the complete set this morning.
Debi's glass is still available.

Today we received letters from Debi and Suzanne , both own West Virginia Blenko
Birthday Vases they want to sell.
Suzanne has the entire collection - he has #13 of the first 20, no number higher than #50, and no damage. She is asking $20,000 she will arrange for shipping.

Debi has # 97, 99, 2000, 2004, & 2006 she is requesting $225 each plus shipping cost for each.

If you have desire for the entire collection - we've seen this collection appraise for $27K.
The cost for Birthday Vases varies from $225 to $1,800 per vase depending on seller and year of vase.
If you have an interest in these items leave your comment and the seller will contact you.
We want you to complete your collections - - when and if a seller offers unique items we'll post the item so you might finish your collection.
Good Luck!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Blenko Glass Company . Clam Bowl

Blenko Glass Clam Bowl

Available at Blenko Glass in three delightful colors.
Price much less than you will find at other locations.
Blenko Glass Company www.blenkoglass.com .

Blenko Glass. Blenko Museum. Blenko Project.

These are available for purchase on line, and in the Blenko Glass Visitor Center.
The upstairs ( Blenko Museum) is filled with stain glass panels, historic items from the past, the history of Blenko Glass.
Mr. Walter Blenko has made a special effort to have the 2nd floor be a comfortable stopping point. Large over stuffed sofas have been added. Its a nice resting spot for before or after
going to the observation deck .

Monday, October 03, 2011

Blenko Gass . Blenko Bowls

Shown - Reproduction of the Blenko Star Bowl. Currently available in four colors.

Blenko. Blenko. Blenko Museum. Blenko Glass Bowls. Blenko Glass. Blenko Electric Blue.

Blenko Glass http://www.blenkoglass.com/ has been making tableware and a large selection of bowls for over 50 years. The bowls can be and often are used as objects of art.

Currently the Blenko Glass http://www.blenkoglass.com/ has a selection of bowls in price range from $140 to $20 ( often the prices are lower in Milton at the Blenko Glass Gift Shop). Note: If you visit the Gift Shop - you'll want to make the trip up stairs to view the vintage Blenko Glass and items in the Blenko Museum also you'll want to follow this path to observation area in which you can view the shop where your Blenko is made. Observation times are listed on the official Blenko Glass website.

Happy Shopping - Use the Coupon off from http://www.blenkoglass.com/ when you shop in the visitor center or online.