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.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Pre-designer Blenko #C 366-ML crackle vases. 365 Days of Blenko Photos

Trio of Pre-designer Blenko #C 366-ML vases in Crystal Crackle with Sea green, Sky Blue and Jonquil leaves, (10")

Photos by Bruce Specht

www.blenkoglass.com   and www.blenkoproject.org  to learn more about Blenko and WVa Glass. 


Anonymous said...

what does pre designer mean?
Does Blenko continue to make pre designer?

Anonymous said...

Go to the Blenko Project link and look under "Blenko Designers" Pre - 1947 for a description of what I refer to as "Pre designer"
Bruce S.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Bruce, some days I type before I think.
These glasses are wonderful example of good craftsmanship.

Anonymous said...

Blog doesn't answer questions

Anonymous said...

FYI: From website, http://www.blenkoproject.org/pre-1947

Before Winslow Anderson was hired, the designing of the Blenko line was done by Bill Blenko, the Blenko finishers and blowers, with ideas being sought from the Blenko Sales Team. Ideas were not always original in origin, but before they were made a part of the Blenko line – they were unique and the blowers / finishers agreed they could produce a set number per hour. Mr. Bill Blenko and management then decided if the item would be included. Prior to the hiring of Winslow Anderson a team of his best workers such as Axel Muller and Louis Miller and later Jarfly, Shorty, Harry, Jessie and Les would assist with determining time to create and their ideas for designs.

The Blenko Glass Co. at this time allowed men to work during lunch and end of day on projects for friends and family. A few of these would find their way into the line yearly. Axel Muller and his brother Louis are given credit for the initial tableware line. Once Winslow Anderson was hired, he like the other designers not only valued the workers expertise but would design based on the abilities of the given work crew.