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.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Blenko Glass Company. 365 Days of Blenko Photos

Blenko Glass - squirrel  and multicolored paper weight.  Photo from Blenko Glass Gift Shop - Milton, WVa.  2012   

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Blenko Glass Company. 365 Days of Blenko Glass Photos

In a recent interview Mr. Walter Blenko stated " Blenko employes  50 people,"  we look forward to a time when Blenko will again be fully staffed with craftsmen.  If you haven't made your online order for Blenko Glass as  Gifts to Celebrate the New Year -  please do so immediately. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

355 Days of Blenko Photos

Wayne Husted c. 1958 (made one year only).
From reader Betty Sturgeon.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

365 days of Blenko Photos - Ruby Decanter

Ruby decanter (one of a kind).
Blenko Emporium "Handtied Glass".  Don Shepherd 1978?
from reader Betty Sturgeon

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


I think this is a Matt Carter design from the Panagea line, something about

Sunday, December 23, 2012

365 days of Blenko Photos. 1989 Vase .

Hi my name is Amanda Davis I have a signed vase Richard Blenko 1989 I have looked in the catalogs and I am still unable to identify my piece.  I attached photos of it.  The purple is not part of the it.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

365 Days of Blenko Glass Photos. Jupiter Florida Photo


Hello, This piece is either out of the 40's or early 50's. I had a uncle who worked at Blenko and my grandparents had this. I remember there was a red one and I think blue in my family it has bubbles thru out. Its a ash tray.Anthony  Jupiter Fl

Friday, December 21, 2012

Blenko Glass Blog. Where to Find Blenko?

www.blenkoglass.com   365 Days of Blenko Photos 

     In WV one can find Blenko at most any antique or flea market.  In every estate their is at least one item of Blenko or WV Glass.  
    Wonderful thing about the internet -  regardless of where you live -  you can shop local.   Buy Blenko from WVa shops and dealers.  You'll find quality Blenko and the prices will be excellent.  hjh 
Two  Collectibles From Blenko

Owned by Kissin Kate's Antiques
So Charleston Antique Mall  

GAS June 12-15 2013 - Boston

Glass Art Society 43rd Annual Conference

Are you thinking of Summer Vacation?    Consider Glass Art Society  2013 Conference.
We'll post addition info as it becomes available. hjh

2013 Boston, Massachusetts

June 12 - 15, 2013

The pre-conference brochure will be available in December/January with pre-registration opening by January. If you would like to receive information please email your address and email address to info@glassart.org

Glass Art Society 43rd Annual Conference - Boston, MA: June 12-15, 2013

Envisioning the Future::BOSTON 2013

“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” Robert F. Kennedy, April 5, 1968

By partnering with MassArt and MIT, GAS is bringing together both art and science in developing innovative ways of sustaining our practices and inventing new ideas to guide our future. Boston has always been at the forefront of many new intellectual movements and today’s rapidly evolving economic, environmental, and indeed art-critical conditions make this conference timely and important to all who are interested in glass art. Attendees can look forward to cutting-edge demos, lectures and lec-mos by distinguished artists, scientists and writers. GAS will also be hosting the CMoG Hotglass Roadshow and will offer a number of exciting local tours, including the world-renowned Harvard Blaschka Flowers. We hope you will join us for this exciting event - see you in Boston!

Thursday, December 20, 2012


This photo is of two bichons -  they are Small Paw Rescue dogs.   Small Paws and many other rescue groups -  take in animals that no longer have a good or safe home.   This Holiday Season include a rescue group in your list of charities.  Perhaps a donation in the name of a deceased animal lover, or in your own name.  
All Shelters are in need of extra cash during the winter months.   Seek out a local shelter, or rescue group.
2 Beautiful Babies 

Blenko Glass. Blenko Blog. 365 Photos of Blenko


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Blenko Glass. Blenko Glass Blog - 365 Days of Blenko Photos

Photo sent from Mountain Rita  she says: ' this is my favorite Blenko photo,  I download photos of glass I want to purchase.  Aren't these colors the best?'
www.blenkoproject.org   to view photos and to learn more about Blenko Glass.

Monday, December 17, 2012

365 Days of Blenko Glass Photos. Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass always looks most magnificent outdoors or near a source of light.  This photo from a WV Blenko Collector ( Billy). 
Blenko photo from Billy of WVa.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

blenko glass company. 365 days of blenko photos. blenko glass blog. Heart of Glass - 365 Photos of Blenko.

www.blenkoglass.com.       www.blenkoproject.org    to learn more about Blenko Glass.

Classic Blenko Bowl -  Still in production -  This one is heavy and
can be used as a bird feeder. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Blenko Glass. Blenko Blog. WV Birthday - The Cake-

Each year The Blenko Ladies arrange for a  designer cake -  the Cake will have the image of WV the State or an image of the Blenko Vase of the year.   Shown  2007  Blenko Birthday Vase.  The first in the Bayliss series. 

www.blenkoproject.org  to view photos of the WV Birthday Vases from 1980 to 2012.  

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Blenko Glass. Blenko Blog - Ash Trays made by Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass made ashtrays and lighters from the 40s to the 80s.   Many examples can be found in flea markets and on ebay.  Highly collectible and inexpensive.  
A very good entry point for beginning a collection.
    To learn more about Blenko Glass  check out www.blenkoproject.org  The Blenko Project or www.blenkoglass.com  Blenko Glass.
Blenko ashtrays

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Blenko Glass. Blenko Blog. What to Collect?

A good number of collectors focus on vintage ads -  shown here is an ad from the collection of Carolee.  Blenko currently has ads in the Southern Living and several WV magazines.     This collecting takes a great deal of time,  however,  most ads are inexpensive to purchase.  If you don't collect Blenko or American Glass.  Consider starting this holiday.  hjh

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Blenko Blog. 365 Photos Blenko Glass. Blenko water bottle.

To learn more about Blenko glass  check out the blenko project  www.blenkoproject.org .  The Blenko Water Bottle has been around for ever,  the water bottle with 4 spouts is a part of the line, and has not appeared in the Blenko Catalogs. 
Blenko water bottle with 4 spouts - Ruby Red

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Manna Meal, Inc. Christmas Raffle

Manna Meal, Inc. Christmas Raffle
This Christmas season, Manna Meal is offering this Blenko Cobalt & Crystal Vase  as our one & only Christmas Raffle item  $2.00 each ticket

Purchase tickets  @ Manna Meal, Inc 1105 Quarrier St. from 7am -2pm  or The Purple Moon 906 Quarrier St. 10 am - 5 pm
Winner will be chosen Saturday Dec 22 @ 12pm Noon.
 Check our blog site for your winning ticket MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "mannameal.us4.list-manage1.com" claiming to be www.mannameal.com
304-345-7121 or jsmannameal@wirefire.com

Blenko Glass. Blenko Blog - 365 Days of Blenko Photos

www.blenkoglass.com  ( Blenko Glass Company )   or  Blenko Project  www.blenkoproject.org  to learn more about Blenko Glass.

  A popular item to collect  - Blenko Ashtray and Blenko lighters. 
Blenko Ashtray

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Blenko Glass. Blenko Blog . Blenko Mislists from September

Blenko Mislists from September
HI Hillary,
I had meant to share these with you last fall but my how time gets away from me these days. All of these were mis-lists that I found during my searches on Ebay last September. From the left you have a Myers designed "Brain " decanter in Tangerine, Blenko #678, a Winslow Anderson designed "Swish-it" pitcher in Chartreuse, Blenko #905, a Myers designed #6415 pitcher in Turquoise, and a pre-designer #37 decanter in Ruby. Needless to say it was a very good month.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Blenko Glass. Blenko Blog - 365 Days of Blenko Photos

www.blenkoglass.com  ( Blenko Glass Company ) and www.blenkoproject.org  ( Blenko Project)  to learn more about Blenko Glass.  
   This panel and another dozen or so are located on the 2nd floor of Blenko Glass Gift Shop - an area often referred to as Blenko Museum.   You'll find examples of vintage Blenko,  glass panels and other bits of Blenko history.  hjh
Blenko Art Deco Panel

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Blenko Glass. Blenko Blog - 365 Days of Blenko Glass Photos

Blenko Angels -  Les Womack  - Retired Blenko Glass Finisher returns yearly during the Holidays to create Angels. 

www.blenkoglass.com  or www.blenkoproject.org  to learn more about Blenko Glass and Collecting Blenko Glass.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Christmas Shopping? Blenko. Williamsburg. What a Perfect Combo.

 The Perfect Xmas Gift for the Man in Your Life. 
Note Photo of Blenko Made Pitcher -
Williamsburg catalog describes the Blenko made  glass decanter
'Ideally suited for holding your favorite wine or spirits, this glass decanter was expertly reproduced by Blenko Glass (a family owned and operated company since 1893) from an original in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation collections. Thomas Jefferson's affinity for French culture led him to plant vineyards at Monticello, and in 1773 he turned more than 2,000 acres of rolling land to a Tuscan, Filipo Mazzei, to "prove the value of native grapes." A great gift for the gentleman who loves to host cocktail hour, this handsome decanter is crafted for a lifetime of use.'

Hi Hillary.
I have attached a link where Colonial Williamsburg has the Blenko products available for sale online. http://www.williamsburgmarketplace.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductLineView?jspStoreDir=wmarket&start=25&catalogId=12122&categoryId=26098&end=33&priceRange=&langId=-1&sortBy=featured&storeId=10001
Blenko is not selling these products only Colonial Williamsburg is selling these products. They have identified that we are the ones making the products.

We are very happy to be in a partnership with Colonial Williamsburg again and hope that the venture will be successful for both of us.
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Katie Trippe

Vice President

Blenko Glass Company

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Blenko Glass. Blenko Blog. www.blenkoproject.org

www.blenkoglass.com   and www.blenkoproject.org to learn more about Blenko and WV Glass.

Vase said to be designed by Rick Blenko, often used for awards.

Blenko Glass  365 days of photos.  

Monday, December 03, 2012

Blenko Glass. Blenko Blog. 365 Days of Blenko. Persian Blue

Persian Blue Photo from Texas collector
 www.blenkoproject.org  and www.blenkoglass.com  to learn more about Blenko Glass and Collecting Blenko Glass. 

Persian Blue .   Photo from Bruce S.  Texas Collector

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Blenko Glass. 365 Days of Blenko. GREEN. Blenko Greens

Hardest thing to shoot to date is a photo that shows all the Greens. From left to right. Sea Green, Lime, Olive Green, Jade, Nile Green, Peacock, Chartreuse, Emerald Green, and Kiwi.   Photo from Bruce S.  a Texas Collector

Blenko Greens.   www.blenkoproject.org  to learn more about Blenko Glass and Collecting Blenko.

Blenko Glass. BLENKO MISLIST. Blenko Blog -- 365 Days of Blenko Photos

www.blenkoproject.org   and www.blenkoglass.com  to learn more about Blenko Glass.
To have your photos included in the 365 Days of Blenko photos - please send photo and any info you want included ie location, price, is the glass up for adoption etc  to theblenkoproject@aol.com.   We welcome photos from shops and dealers -  Please include your contact info.  hjh

HI Hillary,

I had meant to share these with you last fall but my how time gets away from me these days. All of these were mis-lists that I found during my searches on Ebay last September. From the left you have a Myers designed "Brain " decanter in Tangerine, Blenko #678, a Winslow Anderson designed "Swish-it" pitcher in Chartreuse, Blenko #905, a Myers designed #6415 pitcher in Turquoise, and a pre-designer #37 decanter in Ruby. Needless to say it was a very good month.



Friday, November 30, 2012

www.blenkoglass.com Blenko Glass Blog - 365 Photos of Blenko

These fish - match the colors in my kitchen,  we love the combination of blue and green.   So very fresh,  decades after - they somehow still look very modern. 
Bruce of Texas -  Photo 

365 Days of Blenko 
  Send your photos of Blenko to theblenkoproject@aol.com    We'll be publishing your photos of Blenko for the next 360 days.
   If your glass is looking for a new home - include your email address and asking price.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Blenko Glass. Blenko Glass Blog. 365 Days of Blenko Photos

www.blenkoglass.com    and www.blenkoproject.org   Blenko Glass .   If you don't collect, why not start today!   
365 Days of Blenko.
Limited Edition and Available NOW  at Blenko.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Blenko Glass. Blenko Glass Blog . Minatures.

www.blenkoproject.org  and www.blenkoglass.com  to learn more about Blenko Glass and Blenko Glass Collecting.  
365 Days of Blenko Photos.
Special Limited Edition Item -  Blenko Mini  water bottles.

If you don't have a collection of Blenko - - Start now, with the Blenko mini
water bottle with handle.  

Monday, November 26, 2012

365 Days of Blenko. A Puppy Named Blenko!

Hillery  I want an update sometime in Oct 2007 you said your Mrs Bee was 4 .   Is she living?  What kind of dog is she,  is she a maltese?   Also you said rescue where does one find a rescue dog a good one?  Thank you  Jodie

Jodie,  Thank you for asking.  My Ms B (Blenko)   is now nearly 9 years old.  She continues to do' bichon blitz 'and loves long walks.  My family is involved with Small Paws Rescue ( google ).   A good dog?....Well, my experience has been all dogs are good dogs - - - rescue dogs need more patience in the beginning, however, they have so much love to give.   With rescue you must be patient, and allow the dog to become comfortable and to make mistakes.
    If you are interested in a Bichon from breeder,  I suggest Western Pa Bichon Club.  My family and I are members of this Bichon group.  Several members breed bichons ( show and pet).
Good Luck!

Ms B  -  A Bischon Rescue (2004)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Blenko Glass Company. Blenko Glass Blog.

www.blenkoglass.com   or www.blenkoproject.org  to learn more about Blenko,  to view collections of glass.

Arlon Bayliss was born and educated in Britain and has been working in the USA since 1990. Natural forms and the inherent qualities of hot and cold glass inspire his studio work and his design work for glass factories. His architectural projects explore light, space and movement. They result in installations that engage the viewer and activate space.
Arlon Bayliss a professor of glass, designs part time for Blenko Glass.  
Learn more about Arlon Bayliss  www.arlonbayliss.com

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Shop Small Business Saturday Nov 24th

Saturday after Turkey Day and before Cyber Monday -  Small Business Saturday.     Remember folks, when you can shop local   each and every day -  check out the small businesses in your neighborhood,  the mom and pop food places, the local Fix It shops,  the locally owned dress shops,  the local men's shops,  most  independent business owners value you and your  neighborhood.

Always shop local.  
Blenko Glass is a small family owned factory in Milton, WVa  www.blenkoglass.com .

Webmaster Steve provided the folloowing from wiki and the web:  Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday created by American Express, held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First celebrated on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

In 2010 the holiday was promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. That year Amex bought advertising inventory on Facebook, which it in turn gave to its small merchant account holders,[1] and also gave rebates to new customers to promote the event.[2][3]

American Express publicized the initiative using social media, advertising, and public relations. At least 41 [1] local politicians and many small business groups in the United States issued proclamations concerning the campaign,[4][5][6] which generated more than one million Facebook "like" registrations and nearly 30,000 tweets under the Twitter hashtags #smallbusinesssaturday (which had existed since early 2010) and #smallbizsaturday.[2]

Cinda Baxter, founder of The 3/50 Project, was national spokesperson for Small Business Saturday its first year. The 3/50 Project encourages consumers to commit to spending $50 of their current monthly budgets with independently owned small businesses they care about.[3]

The Twitter hashtag #SmallBusinessSaturday has existed since early 2010 and was used to promote small businesses on any Saturday (not solely that Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday). The hashtag is used in a manner similar to #FollowFriday to highlight favorite local businesses.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Limited Editions. Blenko Glass.

Hilery,  Last week I went to Milton in search of the 384 mini w/ handle.  Shopkeeper didn't know what I was speaking of.  It seems now they make the mini but no handle.  Did I wait too long?  Could you help me acquire a pair of these?   Georgia
Georgia,   I also failed to acquire the gold and blue mini's with handles.   Today I'll write to ask if Blenko will be making these in the future.   Blog Readers,  if anyone has a pair of these needing a new home -  send a note to theblenkoproject@aol.com  and we'll forward to Georgia.   Georgia please also send your contact info.   HJH
mini 384 with handle - limited editon

Monday, November 19, 2012

Blenko. 365 Days of Blenko Glass. Perfect Wedding Gift? Think Blenko!

Do you have friends who have everything?   What to give is always an issue -   I'm recommending Blenko Glass.  For Birthdays,  Births, Weddings,  all Special Occasions.   Engraved Blenko.   What could be better than WV Glass, handcrafted glass  to serve as a remembrance of your special occasion.
   This photo was provided by Chris Ross. Long time blog readers - will remember the name Chris Ross.    Chris is my Blog mentor - he's a very successful  local lawyer, a Blenko collector.  Recently he recently married his best friend Angela.  

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Test link for high resolution catalogs on www.blenkoproject.org


I am testing new formats for uploading high-resolution catalogs on website. Unfortunately, due to  limitations of google, I cannot upload all images in full resolution. So am trying to upload pdf files instead.

Here is a test webpage, please give your feedback here. If feedback is good, then will add this for all pages. To view the download link for pdf, click the arrow on top right corner.



Blenko Glass. 365 Days of Blenko Photos. Blenko Jugs - #111 Blenko Jugs #2

www.blenkoglass.com   and www.blenkoproject.org  to learn more about Blenko Glass and collecting Blenko Glass.  
 Blenko Glass. Blenko Glass Blog - Blenko Jugs - #111 Blenko Jugs #2
A  note and photos from Texas Collector of Blenko ,  Bruce S.

HI Hillary,
This photo is in response to a comment about the Nickerson jugs that was posted to the web a week ago. The first comment was about "Variations". Now I know she meant the Husted series of pitchers but it got me to thinking of all the variations of jugs that Blenko has done over the years. So with that in mind I searched out most of the jug designs I have in my collection for this grouping.
Hope your readers will enjoy as well.
From left to right: Shepherd designed "Big Sky" #8225, "Cumulus" #7824, Myers designed #6526 in Tangerine, Husted design #5424 in Jonquil crackle, Special Edition jug for Blenko Collectors group in "Watercolor", Pre-designer jug #443 in Ruby, Shepherd designed "Snowdrift" #8324 with handle variation, Pre-designer jug #417 in Lime crackle, Nickerson designed  jug #7226-M in Emerald, and Shepherd designed  "Barnwood" #7912-S

Saturday, November 17, 2012

blenko glass company. blenko glass blog. 365 Days of Blenko Photos.

     Do you sell Blenko?   Collect Blenko?  We welcome your photos -   theblenkoproject@aol.com .  All photos will be published in  future blog ,  you are granting permission to publish when you send the photo.
Photo from Betty H.  Note:  We would welcome  these to our collection. 
   We won't publish photos -  that don't belong to you.  hjh

Friday, November 16, 2012

Joy Blenko

Blenko, Joy

Joy Blenko Photo from Carolee 
Joy Kinneman Blenko, of Allison Park, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was born Nov. 23, 1925, in Pittsburgh, the elder daughter of John Kinneman Jr. and Catherine Sweadner Kinneman. She was the sister of Donna Hasley Hodges, who predeceased her. She graduated from The Ellis School, Goucher College and the University of Pittsburgh business school. After graduation from Pitt, she was employed in retail fashion merchandising at Gimbel's Department Store. She had a long time interest in growing and arranging flowers, and was president of the Pittsburgh Civic Garden Center. She was a long time volunteer at Western Pennsylvania Hospital, where she was a member of the Women's Committee and its Governing Board. In 1949, she was married to Walter J. Blenko Jr., who survives her. She is also survived by her sons, John W. (Cheryl) Blenko, of Baltimore, Md., and Andrew W. (Patricia) Blenko, of North Huntingdon; and three grandchildren, Stephanie N. Blenko, Charles R. Blenko and Evan A. Blenko. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The Ellis School. http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.   webmaster Steve sent this info.

PBS - Blenko

Blenko continues its association with Public Broadcasting.
A decade ago Mr. WH 'Bill' Blenko and Mr. Richard Blenko made the connection with Public TV.  Mr. Walter Blenko Pres. and Katie Trippe VP   are continuing this tradition.
Blenko and Public Broadcasting.  A perfect union. 

Downton Abbey Revisited Blenko Glass: - Vegas PBS

T h e M o n t h l y M a g a z i n e f o r M e m b e r s o f V e g a s P B S. A FILM BY KEN BURNS. Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Revisited. Blenko Glass: ...


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Blenko Glass Co. - Blenko Glass Blog - 365 Days of Blenko Photos

www.blenkoglass.com   to view an online 2012 catalog of Blenko Glass.
www.blenkoproject.org  to learn more about the history of WV Glass and Blenko Glass.

Photo from a Glass Making Class - 2009  Blenko Glass 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Blenko Glass. Blenko Blog. Vintage Blenko. Myers 106 stretch bottle designs

Myers designed bottles; Blenko # 6426 in Tangerine, Blenko #6425 in Peacock, and Blenko #6427 in Special Fade combination.   
No one - but no one,  collects and photographs Blenko like Bruce S of Texas.

Blenkoproject.org back on google search

I resubmitted the links to google, and blenko project is back on google. Its on the first page now. Attached is the screen shot. Blenko project will go up in ranking eventually, it just takes google's crawlers some time to forget old links and register new ones.

If there are any more issues please let us know. 


Search result for keyword "blenko"
Search result for keyword "blenko project"

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Blenko Glass Co. Blenko Blog. 365 Days of Blenko Glass Photos

www.blenkoglass.com   to order Blenko or inquire about a class.  www.blenkoproject.org to learn more about Blenko and WV Glass. 
Blenko Glass is often used in Window Making - shown a student break Blenko blocks for use in a 12x20 Student Project.   Blenko Glass 2008  -  Stain Glass Panel Class