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.
Friday, August 31, 2012
The catalogs were up in high quality, but some people took print outs and wanted to sell them on ebay. So to protect the interests of blenko, the image resolutions were reduced and watermarks added.
However, if you want to get design number or dimensions on any of the blenko pieces, please send an email to TheBlenkoProject@aol.com
I read in your blog about the Coal Bowl - and that Fenton Glass designed the trophy. I thought the Coal Bowl trophy was Waterford. Please explain.
Cameron, The WVU vs Marshall game is called Friends of Coal Bowl. This trophy was made by Fenton Glass and blown by Mr. Fetty ( blenko connection - he worked at blenko prior to joining Fenton).
Here's what WIKI says about Friends of Coal Bowl.
The Friends of Coal Bowl is an American college football rivalry game played by the Marshall Thundering Herd football team of Marshall University and the West Virginia Mountaineers football team of the West Virginia University. The game is sponsored by the Friends of Coal, a coal industry trade group. Planned to be a seven-year series, the Friends of Coal Bowl was organized by the West Virginia Coal Association at the urging of West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin. West Virginia has never lost to Marshall.
The first game of the current series was played in Morgantown, West Virginia at Mountaineer Field on September 2, 2006, a 42-10 victory for the Mountaineers. The Governor's Trophy is awarded to the winner of the game. It is presented by the West Virginia Governor and housed at the university which wins the annual matchup. Made entirely from within West Virginia and with in-state materials, the trophy consists of a carbon base, a glass pedestal, and football-shaped piece of coal enclosed within the glass pedestal. It was designed by Rick Mogielski. Made by Fenton Glass.
* Note: I've had the photo on my computer so long I don't remember the source.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Monty ( the owner of Save) is a Blenko Collector and a fan of all things West Virginia. My parents shopped Save Supply and also EVANS LUMBER ( closed in 2011) both stores were family owned businesses in operation for 50+ years.
I don't know if its a 'sign of the times' or we are just a society that no longer values old fashioned customer service - Evans Lumber and Save Supply both had salespeople with experience. My local big box stores hires men and women with less 'home repair' experience than I have . No one in the store has worked there more than 10 years - and no one in the same department for more than 5 years.
I'd rather pay a bit more and have a salesperson who knows his merchandise. I must be in the minority - else Evans and Save wouldn't be closing.
Off subject again - but I recently needed a gas pipe - I purchase one at Lowe's needed to have it shortened - took it to the Gresham Plumbing Supply store where I was told it was pipe made in MEXICO and he couldn't shorten as it would destroy his machine - the metal isn't properly tempered! I was furious to know I purchased a pipe made in Mexico and also to be sold inferior pipe by a store I trusted.
Please the remainder of this year - purchase items from your local vendor - the mom and pop stores. They can't survive without us.
Below is a brief history of Save Supply
Monty’s father, Clarence Coles started Save supply with David R Marcus in 1929. After a couple of decades, Marcus retired and Clarence bought him out. But Clarence, who continued working in the business until his death in 1981, didn’t force Save Supply on his sons. Monty, now 66, was only 14 when he started helping out after school, on weekends and during the summer. When his two sons, David & Travis became teenagers, they too, helped out at the store, but they also tried different jobs. Now David 35, and Travis 33, have adopted the same work ethics as their father and fully participated in the day-to-day operations of the business.
In 2010, they celebrate their 81 year solid foundation of service to southern West Virginia, and looked forward to continuing throughout the 21st century with the same old-fashioned spirit of customer service and great savings we’ve cultivated from the very beginning.
One year after this celebration they are closing!
Suppose your local merchants.
BUY LOCAL! Buy Made in USA and Made IN West Virginia when possible.
Note: Anything left in the Save Supply warehouse is marked 50% off.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
I need help with identifying Blenko glass.
Can you tell me where to go - what to buy?
Also does one need Blenko 's permission to copy?
I don't know if one must have Blenko's permission to copy catalogs? We certainly sought and received assistance from Blenko when we published all the catalogs on line - our purpose was NOT to make money but to allow collectors and researchers access to the catalogs. To be safe - ask - before you copy.
Where and what to buy? Is an easier question.
Leslie Pina's books available via http://www.amazon.com are the most useful tools and readily available and inexpensive. You might also check ebay for these books.
To order Blenko Catalogs - http://www.vintagecatalogs.com these are quality reproductions of older Blenko Glass catalogs. Price is reasonable quality is excellent. We've suggested this site to hundreds of collectors and no one has been disappointed.
The WVa. Museum of American Glass in Weston has a large collection of Blenko Catalogs - one may visit the Museum to view the catalogs or order reproductions on line.
When searching for ID of glass - I often go to Blenko Archives - this site, as well as Blenko Museum belong to Damon C a New York fine arts specialist who sell modern glass. http://www.blenkoarchive.org/
The Blenko Project www.blenkoproject.org also has most Blenko Catalogs published for use in identification of glass.
Good Luck with labeling your glass. Collecting Blenko or any American Glass is much easier than proper identification.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Program is scheduled for Sept 4th 6pm in the Cultural Center - History Library.
One needs to preregister - do this by phoning 304 558 0230 ext 163 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Six has written more than 200 articles for national and international periodicals.
Heart of Glass recently touted his latest book " West Virginia Glass Towns. ( send email to email@example.com for ordering info).
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
We've ask Tammi to write about her experiences with the Blenko Collector Society . She would have the answers to all your questions. hjh
Friday, August 24, 2012
I d like to have all pieces available of this confetti. Will you ask your blog readers to contact if they
own and want to sell confetti?
Below is my name phone and address.
Bloggers - contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help Dawn. Reference : Confetti
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Hilary I began with the Blenko same year you started this blog. One of the first items I bought was the 5929L - also purchased the smaller versions.
I paid $750 for the smaller and over $1700 for the 5929L
To day I saw this Ebay completed sale. I'm attachin the ad
Should I be selling my Blenko now? Is the bottom near?
You should sell your glass when you no longer value the glass.
The market for Blenko and most anything is volatile - what something is worth is what
'someone will pay'.
Buy only what you love and want to live with~ if the value increases Wonderful! My Uncle is a realtor/broker and he suggest buying in a down market.
I'm not a fine arts dealer, a poker player or a money manager thus I won't give suggestions for when to sale or hold.
Good luck with your Blenko collection - consider sending photos of your collection to email@example.com The Blenko Project. hjh
Here, we have a Vintage Original Blenko 1959 Wayne Husted Design Number 5929L HUGE blown Chess Piece Decanter SIGNED "BLENKO" with original Stopper in Tangerine / Red/ Orange, it kinda changes with the lighting.
This decanter is in immaculate condition, with OUT chips on the bottom of the stopper (see pictures ) It does have a few storage scratches on the base, but nothing major. The pontil mark is beautiful.
The base measures 10" Across, it is tall 27" tall without the stopper, it is 38 1/2" Tall with the stopper in place.
You may never get an opportunity like this again...
This rare and genuine piece of art, unlike a print or painting will never be reproduced or duplicated again. In years to come, you may find your self saying to a friend, "I remember when I could have bought that piece for 10% less than what they are selling for now!" This is truely a Investment and a collectors dream come true
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
BLENKO GLASS: BEHIND THE SCENES (reminder!)
Coming up on NHPTV - BLENKO GLASS: BEHIND THE SCENES
Get to the heat and heart of the Blenko glassworks and see how the beautiful, all-handmade glassware is created.Monday @ 8 p.m. - Airing: 8/13/2012
For more information:
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Symposium and Public Activities
Weston, WV – The Museum of American Glass (MAG) in Weston, West Virginia is sponsoring a “double barreled” event focusing on Mid-Century Modern American Glass the last weekend in September. The “barrel” for current glass collectors includes a symposium, discussions and display. The second “barrel” for the public includes an auction, glass identification and a show and sale.
The term Mid-Century Modern was used to describe furniture styles as early as the mid-1950’s and is now recognized by scholars and museums world-wide as a significant design movement. Yet in glass collecting circles, the glass design knowledge base has been stalled in the “depression era” that became wildly popular in the mid-1960’s and early 1970’s. So time has come to move the glass knowledge base forward and build a wider appreciation for glass made in the 1945 to 1970 era. Hence the goal of this event is to network, share and work collaboratively with individuals and clubs to craft a movement that studies and chronicles the American made glass of the mid-century period.
Glass produced after World War II dramatically changed in style, use and design and was made by such companies as Blenko, Canton Casual, Fenton Mid-Century Modern, Morgantown, Smith and Viking. Beautiful one-of-a-kind signed designer glass was also made in the post-war period and will be considered in the week-end discussions.
The symposium, for registered attendees, begins Thursday evening September 27, 2012 with an open house at the museum. It continues on Friday with presentations and table exhibits which will compete for prizes. Registration for the two and a half day event including three meals is just $76 for MAG member and $84 for others.
The public is invited to the Friday evening auction to which symposium participants may consign up to three pieces. The auctioneer, well known Blenko collector Rock Wilson, will provide an additional number of pieces to guarantee 100 lots of glass. MAG will retain 20% of all hammer prices with no other commissions.
The public is also invited to a show and sale on Saturday with free admission from 10am to 3pm with a charge of $5 for early admission from 8am to 10am. From 11am until noon there will be free glass identification with a written report, no appraisals, for up to four pieces of glass per person.
For further information or to register contact the museum at 304-269-5006 or at www.magwv.com.
The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day noon to 4:00pm. The balance of the year the museum is open daily noon to 4:00pm and closed on Wednesday and Sunday. Admission is free. It is easily accessible off I-79 exit 99 onto US 33 West for two miles to Main Avenue. A left turn onto Main and the museum is on the left at 230 Main Avenue. Begun in 1992, the museum relocated to its present location in 2007 and occupies 12,000 square feet with over 12,000 pieces of glass on permanent display. The museum is home to the National Marble Museum and The American Flint Glass Workers Union Archives. The museum holds an annual marble festival and numerous special exhibits throughout the year. More information can be found at http://magwv.com/. Questions about programs or the museum can be directed to 304-269-5006.
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