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, July 25, 2012
Nice Article about Glass Festival from State Journal
By JAMES E. CASTO
For The State Journal
MILTON — Blenko Glass Co. will celebrate its fifth annual Festival of Glass Aug. 3 and 4 at its factory and Visitor Center in Cabell County. Like previous editions of the annual festival, the event is expected to attract not just local fans of the iconic glassware but Blenko collectors from around the country.
Festival visitors will receive a free collectible medallion and have an opportunity to shop for limited edition glass pieces, take factory tours from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. each day and participate in classes in the glass making process. Space in the classes is limited and early registration is urged. People interested in participating in a class should call 877-425-3656 to sign up.
Limited edition glass items to be offered for sale beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 4 include an 18-inch dulcimer. Blenko mold maker Daniel Chapman designed the topaz-colored dulcimer, the third piece in the company's Appalachian Music Series. The edition is limited to 75 signed and numbered pieces.
Other limited edition pieces to be available are a turquoise apple with yellow swirls and a miniature water bottle with handle. The apples are being issued in 50 numbered pieces and the water bottle in 50 turquoise and 50 yellow pieces
Company president Walter Blenko and vice president Andy Blenko will be on hand each day to sign pieces for purchasers.
Blenko Glass has been a family-owned and operated company since 1893 and has been located in Milton since 1921, attracted by the region's abundant supply of natural gas to fire its furnaces.
Originally Blenko made only sheet glass, but the Great Depression and the resultant downturn in demand for new or replacement glass forced the company to begin making the colorful hand-blown vases, pitchers and other glassware for which it has become internationally known.
Today Blenko is one of the last survivors of a once-thriving West Virginia glass industry.
Full Artice with photos: http://www.statejournal.com/story/19073500/2012/07/20/blenko-festival-of-glass-set-aug-3-4
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