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Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Gump's Tangerine. 365 Days of Blenko Photos


Photos by Bruce Specht

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Two questions
Bruce how did you know about the GUMPs decanters?
Also how does one know if they are reproductions or the old ones?
Carolee

Anonymous said...

quick comment re: this color
the vintage tangerine is amazing
why not return to this pure color
and leave dreamscicle?

Carolee

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sweetdoc said...

Sad to see these photos of vintage Blenko.
The current groupings are lacking vivid color, quality and designs are unremarkable.
I find myself questioning my need to read this blog, and search for vintage quality Blenko.
Perhaps its a desire for a more peaceful time, or a desire to believe that Blenko was once great
when in fact Blenko never put money back into the factory or took proper care of its name its designs, it designers or anything other than Blenko immediate family.
I'll continue to search for vintage and pray that some miracle occurs. While my believe is Blenko should have gone away a decade ago.

sweetdoc said...

I was disconnected
and will stop rambling
A group of friends and I devote one weekend per month to Blenko 'hunting' we rarely find more than 3 -4 pieces. Quality Blenko is disappearing.

Anonymous said...

Carolee
One of my disappointments with the current Blenko is color. The vivid colors are no longer made.
The blues are muddy the reds are brownish the tangerine isn't orange.
Color was the #1 reason decorators chose Blenko.
This edge should be worked on.
Paul J.

Anonymous said...

Carolee,
I learned of the Gump's commission pieces through the original Leslie Pina book on cool glass. I tried to contact the Gump's store in California to confirm what colors might have been ordered but their records had been destroyed by a combination of store flooding and fires. Since Gumps commissioned the pieces from Blenko during the '64 and '65 production years I have used those colors available at the time as my original color pallet. As with all of Blenko production you have to consider what may have been special runs of color for other orders as well as possible salesmen mockups that might have been produced in small quantities and when not ordered by the customer ended up being sold through the visiter center shop.
I hope this answers your question.
I have not seen any reproductions of the Gump's decanter.
Bruce Specht

Anonymous said...

I have two of the colors not listed in any of the posts

Anonymous said...

Take Photos and share them!!!!!

Anonymous said...

YOU SHOULD SEND YOUR PHOTOS OF THE GUMP VASES YOU HAVE

Anonymous said...

They are fake