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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

Blenko Festival of Glass Set Aug 34
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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Copyright 2012 WVSTATE

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hillary
why do you bother with publishing articles about blenko?
Do you not realize the staff at blenko dislikes you?
Get a life.

Anonymous said...

I hope that I speak for most of the visitors on this site when I say that comments should be requests for information or answers to those requests. If you do not have anything positive to say please do not say it. Please take your negativity somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

HILLARY
I DUNNO ABOUT BLENKO
BUT THE COLLECTORS IN NORTHERN PANHANDLE LOVE YOU AND APPRECIATE YOU
ALSO WASHINGTON DC SHOPS KNOW ABOUT THE BLOG AND PROJECT
YOU GO GIRL
MOUNTAIN RITA

Hillary J Homburg said...

All Blenko Collectors and the staff and glass workers at Blenko have one goal - - this is to provide you with quality glass, and to promote this glass.
Heart of Glass attempts daily to provide you with information related to West Virginia Glass - most especially Blenko Glass.
Popularity is not a goal.
Let us focus on glass, collecting glass, and new products.
HJH

Anonymous said...

Well said Glassdoc

Anonymous said...

Photos of the 3 pices in this series please.

Anonymous said...

Blenko Glass will you send Hillary photos of the entire series
I'd like to find the others on ebay and I'll purchase this one this weekend.
George E.

Anonymous said...

More positive press for blenko.