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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.



Anonymous said...

Katie's lack of knowledge is
Chemistry its chemistry

penny said...

I think Katie is mistaken
perhaps a collector or reader with more experience can comment
I don't think the shaded tangerine / orange has anything to do with the furnance
Nor is the reason Blenko doesn't make a good orange. Its lack of a chemist and good materials.

Anonymous said...

Blenko tangerine glass is exceptional in color. The blenko and the blenko ruby are often used in church windows and windows of distinguished homes. We use a tangerine panel in our prayer room that came from Blenko in the early 60s.
Nice to hear Blenko remains in business.
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Anonymous said...

the reason they dont make ruby and tangerine is Katie did not like the last guy there that knew the old way to make ruby and she fired him. I am talking about Don lemley. Its kind of funny after she fired him he went to Osburns small glass shop and made a batch of beautiful ruby I know I bought some of it. Dave said that Don knew what they are doing wrong but you can't blame him for not telling them.