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.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Readers can we help this Blog friend ID her glass?
I am trying to find the # of this Blenko vase. I have looked in all my catalogs and found similar designs, but, none exactly like this one. It is 16" tall. I think the color is orchid. Can you give me any info. Thanks!
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Sorry for the long delay. I have attached two photos. I have a green Blenko Vase and I have a blue combination of vase and wine carafe in a glass that has invisible cracks and bubbles that are part of the design (hard to photograph).
All pieces were purchased by my parents, not sure when...they have had for at least 20 years.
Will you let me know, when you post to the blog, will people be interested in buying, can I get estimates on their value?
Thursday, May 24, 2012
the art demo and auction. hjh
I recommend the Glass Art Society (GAS) http://www.glassart.org/ in part because it is a great way to meet both other glass artists and vendors.
I have had the pleasure not only of purchasing glassblowing tools (both standard tools and molds, and two customized tools)
from John Steinert of Steinert Industries at http://www.steinertindustries.com/ but especially enjoyed meeting John at the GAS Conferences.
It is with that as background that I refer to the excellent write-up about John Steinert from The GAS News, and his Honorary Lifetime Member award.
John Steinert: Honorary Lifetime Member
By Chris Clarke
The name Steinert has become synonymous with quality glass tools and equipment.
Venture into almost any glass studio, private or professional, and you can find
his name. This year’s Honorary Lifetime Membership Award recipient began his
relationship with the glass community in 1977 when he attended his first GAS
conference. By 1978, John Steinert had a booth at the conference Tech Display;
he has been a staple at the conference since that time. His contributions to the
glass community go beyond his tools to the philanthropy he has extended to glass
schools around the country.
Steinert began a machinist apprenticeship shortly after high school and soon
found himself working for the Franklin Machine Company in Kent, Ohio. His
foray into glass tools began when his neighbor, Henry Halem, approached him
around 1976 about making tools for Kent State University. Halem asked Steinert
if he would be able to repair some old pipes the school had. The pipes used by
glassblowers at that time were crude at best, poor quality steel that often flaked
into the glass or bent easily. Could Steinert fabricate a similar product for the school
that would hold up a little longer, Halem wondered. Steinert was given the freedom
at the machine shop to work after hours on his own projects, and he soon set out
to make the blowpipe for Halem. After a few attempts and failures, the technical
issues were resolved and the result was a stainless steel blowpipe with a hardened
tool-steel head that would outlast and outperform anything that was available to
artists at the time.
When Steinert attended his first GAS conference in 1977, he met such artists
as Fritz Driesbach and Dominick Labino. He used their input and the input of many
other artists to develop his line of pipes and punties. The next year, he attended
the GAS conference in Asilomar, California, as a vendor in the Tech Display area;
he not only sold out everything he had brought, he ended up taking many custom
orders. Artists were hungry for quality, affordable tools.
Working 40 hours a week as a machinist for Franklin Machine Company
during the day, Steinert now began working 40 hours a week in the evenings and
weekends on his pipes and punties. Soon, the demand for his tools led him to leave
his day job and form the company we all know today as Steinert Industries.
Officially founded in 1979, Steinert Industries began making pipes, punties,
hand tools, and machines for the studio glass artist. Soon after, its founder developed
a line of metal blow molds that further advanced the decorative techniques
for glassblowers of the time. Simultaneously, he also began to make grinding and
polishing machines for coldworking glass. These machines are responsible for vastly
improving the quality of coldworking in the early Studio Glass Movement.
John Steinert has been a longtime supporter of the Glass Art Society as well
as a number of educational programs across the country. He has supported
these programs with both financial donations as well as donations of tools
and equipment. His generosity to the glass community continues to be exemplified by
his willingness to help artists by providing technical information and developing new
tools to advance glass as an art form.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I am trying to find anyone who could shed some light on the indentity of these two freeform pieces. I have tried the Blenko Museum and Blenko Archives and they dont identify anything. Please Help! The blue/crystal one came from my parents and they aquired it sometime between the late 1950's - early 1960s. The second one I just acquired. Blue/crystal one measures 12-1/2"L x 6"W x 1-7/8"H. Amethyst one measures 13-1/4"L x 6-3/8"W x 2-7/8"H (at the highest point) and has Blenko foil label. Wondering if you can give me any info on these (when they were made, who designed them, and possible worth) as I don't see them in any catalogs. Have more pix if you need them. Thanks for anything you know about them! Kim
Monday, May 21, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
If you are a current or former employee and would like to be added please send info
to firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you wish to nominate a Blenko Glass employee for inclusion please send the information
and your contact info to email@example.com.
We are including today the employees who sat for an oral / or video taping. It is our desire to include all former employees. Most especially the mold makers, glass finishers, and those
who were part of a Blenko team.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, May 14, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
This the first of the photos that I have been holding back. A nice grouping of Husted miniatures that I have collected over the past few months. Several are mis-lists and several are just pieces that I happened upon in our travels. Funny how I tend to find things in the same color for a while. This time it is Sea Green.
From left to right is a CM-3, CM-3, 60-D, CM-4and last a CM-2. All are Husted designs.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
For more GlassFest info, visit www.glassfest.org or call 607.937.6292.
Friday, May 11, 2012
A Blenko Birthday Collector wrote to say she has duplicates of the following - this glass is available for under $400 @ plus shipping.
Interested send your contact info.
From left to right:
2004 number 104
1999 number 100
2006 number 16
2000 number 66
1997 number 104
Thursday, May 10, 2012
New to collecting, I buy only 60-90s Blenko and Viking Glass.
Can you tell me what a Blenko sticker should look like? My glass has a small white price tag that says Blenko. Is this what you mean?
Blenko has used many stickers, go to the Blenko Collectors Four website for a list and photos of the stickers used by Blenko.
Having or not having a sticker does not determine Blenko. Read the on line article by Damon C.
about how to spot fakes. Blenko Archives and Blenko Museum and Blenko Collectors Four and Blenko Project all have information devoted to the new collector.
Photo of : Blenko silver sticker and Blenko Block most common stickers on vintage glass.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Two of my dear blog friends will have complete WV Birthday / Blenko Vase collection - - if and when - - they acquire
#1, #2, #4, and # 7.
Please if you have access to these vases. Consider selling them to someone who will value the entire collection.
Email email@example.com with photos and your contact info.
To view photos of the WV Birthday Blenko Vases go to the Blenko Project web pages http://www.blenkoproject.org/ click on
WV Birthday / Blenko.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Katie Trippe of Blenko Glass Co. passed along the following info:
WV Birthday Blenko Vase will be sold June 23rd Sat at the Visitors Center.
Arlon Bayliss has been retained again this year to design the WV Piece.
Katie promised to send photos when they are available.
Another photo of an item I'm bidding on. I want this for my Mom, can you let me know if its Blenko.
I can not. I don't own the Blenko Punch Bowl. Bruce S in Texas has a great example, we published a photo of his set last year, Don Lemley has a crystal punch bowl, and a collector from New Jersey. These are my only exposures to the Blenko Punch Bowl set. We'll publish your photo and ask collectors for comments. The photo is beautiful. I'd be bidding on this if I were in need of a punch bowl.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Friday, May 04, 2012
I'm a almost new collector - 2 years now. My goal is to have one piece of every Blenko fruit and veggie.
Just saw this on Ebay and I want to purchase.
It doesn't look like the one photo of a pineapple I saw 2 years ago- can you tell me if this is Blenko
and if not Blenko who made?
If its WV made I'll buy anyway. I'm also sending a photo of a punch bowl (blenko) I want to purchase for Mother's Day.
We'll post your photo and ask the readers to help. To be honest, I do not own the pineapple. My parents have an extensive collection of fruits and veggie and they don't own the pineapple or the watermelon. The two items are 'hard to find'. We'll post your photo - you must return to look for comments.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Readers You'll want to immediately purchase this book. We met Harvey Littleton at a Gas Arts Society meeting - you'll recall from a blog post
Harvey worked in West Virginia during Joel Myers's ART IN THE FACTORY program. Harvey Littleton was one of the distinguished glass artist
who spend time with factory workers. HJH
This book starts with the first glassblowing class ever to be taught at a university in the United States,
and is the biography of Harvey K. Littleton and thereby the American Studio Glass Movement, which he is credited as founding, 50 years ago.
The book is currently available on Amazon
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
We have a list of 6 people searching so if you own an extra - we can provide you a collector who
is searching for this vase. This vase is small, easy to display and looks very good on display with foilage.
Blenko Collectors often help other Blenko collectors complete a series of glass collecting.