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.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Glass History Program Jan 12th

The West Virginia State Museum has scheduled a January program on the rich history of glass production in the Virginias.

The program will reflect on the antebellum years when hundreds of glass factories operated in West Virginia, as well as western Virginia. Glass producers were attracted to the states because of their abundant supply of silica, limestone and natural gas.The museum's collection of glass objects includes a number of pieces from a wide range of factories and craftsmen. Some of the familiar glass-producing names include Fenton Art Glass and Blenko Glass Co.

The Jan. 12 program will be led by the museum's chief curator, James R. Mitchell.

The museum is located in Charleston.


bridgett said...

Wonderful will you post photos after?

penny said...

Oh my God that is tonight.
Morris is more than amazing - heard him speak two years ago at a Fine Arts conference.
WV is lucky to have such talent working for the State.

Anonymous said...

Friday am Preparing to leave at 5am.
A large turn out for this last night. Ididn't see anyone from Blenko but was told they were invited.
Morris is extremely knowledgable in the subject of WV and Glass.
If this is repeated I would suggest all attend.
Kudos to Randall Smith for making this happen.
We came into town on Wed am
drove down to Blenko, was disappointed to see Osburn closed. Dave is one of the best, anyone know if he will maintain a catalog or web ordering service? I'd like more hummingbird feeders.
Margie Hale