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, December 31, 2013

Blenko Glass 2014 #9432

Although this is in the 2014 catalog,  we own several made in the 80s .
If you own this vase -   let us hear from you about the size and color.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Blenko Glass #9733

This lovely Blenko vase is a classic -  it can be used for engraving.   We own this one in Ruby and it is sometimes available in Ruby.   The cobalt and tangerine are the most popular colors for this

Another timeless beauty from Blenko Glass.   Blenko Glass ,  quality small manufacturer located in Milton, W.Va. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Ernie Downey - Glass Artist

Ernie Downey like most of the people who follow this blog,  LOVE Blenko Glass.
    Ernie takes this passion one step further,   he volunteers to photograph glass for Blenko, he teaches classes.   He is devoted to Blenko Glass.
    Ernie uses Blenko Glass in many of his projects -  we've featured his jewelry in the past.  We've mentioned owning several pieces for many years - this is not costume jewelry.  It is quality, handcrafted items - often using Blenko Glass.  
    You'll want to visit Ernie's webpages to learn more.
    I'm adding some photos of wind catchers/ chimes.
Ernie Downey wind chimes made of Blenko Glass. 

Currently  Ernie Downey's  Fused Glass Jewelry and Blenko Fused Photo Plates are sold at Blenko Glass in Milton, WV.


His  Fused Glass Jewelry  is also sold at Cornucopia in South Hills, Charleston, WV and at Mug and Pia in Hungtington,
If you are familiar with an artist who uses Blenko or WV Glass in their creations - drop us a note at theblenkoproject@aol.com.
Ernie Downey - Glass Artist 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Last Minute Gifts? Think Blenko Glass Company, Milton, WVa.

On Tuesday I received a note from blog friend Margie Hale,  Margie now lives in an assisted living facility - but reports she drives herself to the market once a week,  has dinner out with grandchildren each Wednesday and drives herself to the Temple each Saturday.
   Margie suggest: ' I ask you to buy multiples of the Blenko Daily Holiday Special.   I apologize for opening the mail two weeks after Margie sent the suggestion.'
     Perhaps in the upcoming year you can shop the WAREHOUSE SALE with the intention of doing  gift giving.
     Our sincere Thank You to Margie for following the blog since its inception.  Margie please  send an address to  theblenkoproject  at aol. com,  I want to share the new Blenko Glass cards with you.  Margie I know you are very excited with the Marshall Bowl!   I'll be thinking of you on the 7th as we watch.   hjh
blenko glass candle holder - large - crystal.

84L-1 Large Candle Holder
6" Tall

Shipping and handling charges will be added at the time of shipment and can not be estimated.
  • Item #: 84L-1

84L-1 Large Candle Holder

apologize for the quality of this photo. 

Price: $18.00

Monday, December 23, 2013

Glass Identification

The Blenko Project will not be available for Glass ID

From  12/20   to 1/10.

You may continue to send photos of your glass with a brief history to the blenkoproject at aol.com mail,  when we return we'll begin the process of  Glass Identification.  HJH

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Best Gift Ever? Marshall Conference USA ! We are MARSHALL....

       Everyone in West Virginia is proud of Marshall and we were  all glued to the TV on the 12/7.
The Blenko Glass logo items -  will make a very special gift for the Marshall Fan on your list!.
       Regardless of the Bowl outcome -  Marshall is a WINNER!  always in the eyes of her loyal fans.   Go o o  Herd! 
       If you choose this decanter - pay the additional $10 and get the sandblasted signature.  
Marshall University Decanter 
C920-Clover Marshall Decanter Crackled
16" Tall

Shipping and handling charges will be added at the time of shipment and can not be estimated.
  • Item #: C920-Marshall

C920-Clover Marshall Decanter Crackled

Saturday, December 21, 2013

What's the Blenko Glass Holiday Hours?


Calendar of Events

Tour times vary by day and are subject to change due to the weather.

  • Please call (877) 425-3656 for questions or to confirm the schedule below
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Unique Last Minute Gift? Blenko Glass Company

Limited Edition Orange Swirl Pitcher
Numbered 51-75    $65.
9" High 
Bright orange and white colors swirl through this pitcher to give it a unique marbleized effect. This is the second issue of a 3-color series with the next available March 2014.

Blenko Orange Swirl / limited edition
Shipping and handling charges will be added at the time of shipment and can not be estimated.
Note:  phone 304 743 9081 to confirm availability.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gifts Under $20! Blenko Glass Company

Looking for gifts under $20?  The bridge club, the girls you play tennis with,  your office staff?  Your child's teacher?
Blenko Glass can provide a unique one of a kind, handcrafted crystal heart for less than $20.
Check out  www.blenkoglass.com  for wonderful all occasion gifts.

Blenko Glass has a long history of producing quality, handcrafted, made in USA glass.

902-1 Heart Paperweight
3 1/2" Diameter
Shipping and handling charges will be added at the time of shipment and can not be estimated.
  • Item #: 902-1
  • Note for an additional $10 you can have Mr. Blenko's signature sandblasted on most any item.
    Blenko Glass Crystal Heart 

    Learn more about Blenko Glass,  collecting, identifying, and the history of Blenko Glass.  Join the Blenko Glass Project - our goal is to promote Blenko and WV Glass.   To assist collectors, and others interested in Blenko Glass. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Bella Boca Vase Under $100 . Blenko Glass Company.

1108 Bella Bocca Vase
Tangerine coloration will vary both light and dark. No two pieces are exactly alike.
10" Tall
Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Shipping and handling charges will be added at the time of shipment and can not be estimated.
  • Item #: 1108

    1108 Bella Bocca Vase

    Price: $80.00
    Bayliss Design Team -  Bella Boca Vase  

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Arlon Bayliss' Bella Boca - Blenko Glass

Bella Boca is one of the most popular designs in the Blenko Glass line.   Bella Boca was created by Arlon Bayliss & Co.
Arlon does consulting and design work for Blenko he designed the 2006 line, and yearly designs the WVa Birthday Vase.
     A gift of Arlon Bayliss Bella Boca ( bowl, vase, pitcher) will be special, each item is handcrafted and no two are exactly alike.   Bella Boca is a timeless design. 

Arlon Bayliss Bio
Arlon Bayliss, professor of art, teaches ceramic courses as well as upper-division studio courses.
Bayliss's public art projects include outdoor sculptures such as AU's Helios and The Crystal Arch in Anderson, and large-scale installations such as Flight Wave, at the Indianapolis International Airport. Bayliss works collaboratively, involving colleagues, graduates, and students in the development, fabrication, and installation of his work.
Bayliss studied at the Royal College of Art in London. His artwork is included in collections and exhibitions worldwide. He has designed glass for companies in Germany and Italy, and is currently designing for Blenko Glass in the U.S.
Arlon Bayliss has been at Anderson University since 1990.
Selected Achievements
  • 2010:  Guest Speaker, Glass Art Society Annual Conference, Louisville, Ky.
  • 2008:  Completed Flight Wave: new Indianapolis International Airport
  • 2007:  Established Bayliss Design Team
  • 2007:  Design Director: Blenko Glass, W.Va.
  • 2001:  Completed The Crystal Arch Project Anderson, Ind.
    Arlon Bayliss & Co.  Bella Boca 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Blenko Glass Gifts for the Holiday

2303 Leaf Bowl - Small

Price: $20.00
This bowl usually sell for $20  and can on occasion be found with a discount.
Its a perfect  hostess gift,  gift for the neighbor who retrieves your mail while you vacation etc.
Small,  but perfect!  Handcrafted Blenko Glass.  Made in USA Glass.
Learn more about Blenko Glass by becoming a part of The Blenko Project www.blenkoproject.org  . 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Limited Editon Glass. Blenko Glass Company.

Looking for a special one of a kind gift?  An under $100 gift?   Check out Blenko Glass Company  www.blenkoglass.com.   Blenko offers limited edition items.
Note:  Phone 304 743 9081 to check availability. 

Limited Edition Turquoise Drift Vase    $65.
Numbered 41-65
11.5" High 
This twist optic vase has gentle spiral lines that are reminiscent of the deep snow drifts of the North.

Shipping and handling charges will be added at the time of shipment and can not be estimated.
  • Item #: Turquoise Drift Vase
Learn more about Blenko Glass Company  and collecting Blenko Glass  www.blenkoproject.org The Blenko Project is devoted to Blenko Glass,  collecting, identifying and assisting you with refining your Blenko Glass collection.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Last Minute Shopping? Think Blenko Glass

Blog Reader Carol Ann sent photos and info on six Blenko Glass specials for the Holidays!

If you haven't finished your Xmas shopping - consider ordering on of these.
Note:  Items ordered now will not arrive in time for Xmas - you could enclose a photo with a note or drive up to Milton and purchase.
Blenko Glass,  always the perfect gift! 


838L Large Leaf Bowl

Price: $36.00
Sale Price: $21.60

Sunday, December 08, 2013

50% off ! Daily Holiday Deal. Blenko Glass Company.

Daily Deal for 12/08
6812V Seabreeze Vase
10" Tall
Shipping and handling charges will be added at the time of shipment and can not be estimated.
  • Item #: 6812V Seabreeze
Learn more about Blenko Glass,  collecting Blenko,  identifying Blenko, become part of a group that collects and values Blenko Glass.  The Blenko Project www.blenkoproject.org  is devoted to promoting Blenko and hand crafted West Virginia Glass. 

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Holiday Special Deals ! Blenko Glass Company

Blog Reader Carol Ann sent this post:   Blenko is offering several items at a discounted price for the holiday.   Carol Ann sent a total of six.  We'll publish all six.
If you haven't finished your Holiday Shopping - consider Blenko Glass.  Blenko is quality, handcrafted glass,  made in the USA.  Blenko is a small family owned glass factory. 

Unlike the apples, pears, fruit cake, ham and chocolates you may be sending -  Blenko will not spoil, will not add pounds, and will last a life time!   

Buy Quality!   Buy Handcrafted WVa Glass. 

Note:  Folks,  Reader George wrote to say these deals are good only for the date they publish?  If so we are too late for this one.   You might phone and ask Blenko if its still available.  Price is great and a crystal pitcher is always  an appropriate gift.

938 Pitcher Crystal
Available in Plain finish or Crackle Finish
10" Tall
Shipping and handling charges will be added at the time of shipment and can not be estimated.
  • Item #: 938 Crystal

938 Crystal Pitcher

Price: $96.00
Sale Price: $48.00

December 7th Daily Deal at Blenko Glass Company

 Reader George sent this with a note saying there will be a daily deal at Blenko ( on line shop) this represents a large discount. 
  • Daily Deal for 12/07
    847L Large Clover Daisy Bowl
    12" Diameter, 6" Tall
    Shipping and handling charges will be added at the time of shipment and can not be estimated.
    • Item #: 847L Clove

      847L Large Clover Daisy Bowl   $24.


Thursday, December 05, 2013

Monday, December 02, 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Blenko Floor Vase- Don Shepard: FOR SALE

I am attaching photos of a Don Shepard floor vase I found. I would be interested in more information about the vase. Also I am interested in selling the vase. It stands 21 1/2 inches tall and 8 inches in diameter across the bottom. It is in great condition with no chips, cracks or signs of wear.
Thank you for your consideration,

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Myers Textured Vases

Hi Hillary,

Another photo from the weekend is of two of my personal favorites.
A nice pair of Blenko 6731's in Plum and Honey. These were designed by Joel
Myers and have a wonderful swirl texture to them. The vases are a pointed
elliptical shape with cut and polished top rim.
Hope you enjoy,
Bruce S.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Husted Tangerine pitchers and tumbler

Hi Hillary,

Just wanted to forward some new photos that I shot this past weekend with
Kayla's new camera.
From the Left is a Blenko #6032 , Blenko #617, and Blenko #6033. All were
designed by Wayne Husted and are in Blenko's wonderful Tangerine.
Hope you and the blog folks enjoy,
Bruce S

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Blenko WaterBottle Crystal - Perfect Gift for Your Holiday Hostess

The Blenko Water Bottle with diamond optic cuts.
Blenko is always adding new colors, new sizes, variations of the 384 water bottle.
A good number of new collectors start with the water bottle or carafe.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Blenko Cowboy Hat # 8443M

8433M Cowboy Hat
7 1/2" Tall, 16" Diameter
blenko cowboy hat  - medium size.
In years past Blenko has made this hat in a wide array of colors and combinations of colors.
Current it is offered in crystal and topaz.  The cost is $160 plus shipping. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


It's no secret - I admire and collect Blenko Angels.  My favorite Angels were made by retired Blenko Glass Foreman Les Womack.  For many years Les has returned to Blenko for 2-4 weeks to assist with making Angels and other Holiday Ornaments.   Each year I speak of how important an Angel ( a Blenko Angel) can be - the angel is a perfect gift in times of joy and sorrow.   Blog Reader Makita sent me the following info about Angels in other faiths.  Since she stated she was Bahai I am including what she sent about the role of Angel in the Bahai Faith.  hjh
Blenko Angels

Bahá'í Faith

In his Book of Certitude Bahá’u’lláh, founder of the Bahá’í Faith, describes angels as people who "have consumed, with the fire of the love of God, all human traits and limitations", and have "clothed themselves" with angelic attributes and have become "endowed with the attributes of the spiritual". 'Abdu’l-Bahá describes angels as the "confirmations of God and His celestial powers" and as "blessed beings who have severed all ties with this nether world" and "been released from the chains of self", and "revealers of God’s abounding grace". The Bahá’í writings also refer to the Concourse on High, an angelic host, and the Maid of Heaven of Bahá’u’lláh's vision.

Sunday, November 17, 2013


Blenko Plaque

11 1/2" Long
Blenko plague 

This is something every collector of Blenko Glass would enjoying receiving as a gift.
Its available in several colors.
The price is very low.

Or perhaps as a new collector,  you'd like the plague for use with your new finds.
Blenko Glass hand crafted in West Virginia. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Blenko Glass Christmas Ornaments - Series of 3

2013 Ornament Set
Approximately 3" in Dia.
Set of 3 ornaments with velour keepsake bags
Available As Shown
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For several years Blenko has created a series of 3 ornaments - small disc - we use them on packages attached to rib for family members.   The cost is under $45 - for the series of 3.

If you don't collect this series you'll want to purchase one or two sets - divide them and use as stocking stuffers - or wrapped individually for those times when you suddenly need a small gift.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Brrr - Only a Blenko Glass Snowman Can Bring A Smile on this cold day!

Approx. 5" Tall
Available in Cobalt and Clover.
Blenko Glass Company has made Snowmen for a decade or more.
We own a dozen,  a couple were made by Shorty Finley,  a couple were made when Dave Osburn was the Foreman, and the last two were made during Randy Rider's tenure.   The rumor is the snowman began as a gift from one blower to another.  The men made these items during down time - or on the midnight shift - often using end of day glass.  The snowman would eventually work his way to the Blenko Glass line.   Now snowmen, angels, trees, ornaments are all available year round at Blenko Glass.   If  the opportunity presents - have your snowmen signed by Mr. Blenko or one of the glass craftsmen.   Keeping a history of your glass items,  who made them, when you purchased , and where, will allow you to view the glass and  fondly remember the time or the occasion. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

This photo from K. J.  taken at Blenko Glass on 11/1

For those readers who continue to ask :" what's available 'right now' at the Blenko Glass Visitors Center -  KJ was kind enough to send photos.
Note:  The inventory at the Visitors Center changes daily -  there is no guarantee what you see in this photo will be available at the VC.

All  Blenko Glass from the 2013-14 catalog is available by phone or email order .  Contact Blenko glass via the web site or phone 304 743 9081.