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.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

MAG Auction Friday May 31 2013


I am pleased to share, on behalf of The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia, the announcement of one of the great activities to be held at the Museum in Weston, WV to celebrate the 200th anniversary of hot glass making in West Virginia.

We will host a Benefit Auction at the Museum on Friday May 31, 2013 beginning at 7pm. The Museum will be open from noon until sale time on the day of the auction for previewing. The volunteer auctioneer is MAG friend Rock Wilson. Some items to be sold are pure donations to MAG, others will be consigned with 20% of the hammer price being a donation fundraiser for the Museum from the consignor. There are no buyer premiums.

ALL the glass must be made in West Virginia. Pieces to be sold will be displayed in the Museum window for the month prior to the auction.

Members of the Museum can consign up to six items per person to the auction. The request is that items consigned have an anticipated value of greater than $10. There is NO upper value limit! Call MAG in advance (304. 269.5006) to add you name and the number of pieces you wish to consign. The auction will have a minimum of 100 lots of WV glass. A cap of 150 pieces is the most that will be accepted. All pieces consigned should be delivered in person or by post to the museum no later than 6 May to insure they are imaged and appear on the auctionzip web site for the auction. Pieces are indeed welcomed as donations from which the entire sale price will be a donation to MAG.

Thank you for your continued interest and support

dean six
Executive Director
Museum of American Glass in West Virginia

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Blenko Glass Warehouse Sale!!

Blenko Glass Warehouse Sale!
Phone 304 743 9081  for details

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Glass ID

Readers :  Can we help T with the proper ID of this oil lamp?

Hello Hillary, I need help with identification of a glass oil lamp.  The lamp pictured was found by a friend at a Charleston area estate sale.  It is marked Blenko on the base.I have my doubts but I thought some of the Blenko Project faithful could help me with this. 
 Thanks T

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Green Blenko Pitcher

Readers, Can we help RW with an identification of her pitcher?

Family piece brought to Huntington from Findlay, OH.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Marble festival 2013

The Historic Home of Three
Marble Manufacturers!

Set-up is free and begins at 8 AM
~ Sale of antique &
contemporary marbles
~ Exhibits, marble
books & more
~ Food available on site,
free parking
~ Free admission
A Program of Saturdays On The Square ~
Co-sponsored by the
Museum of American Glass in West Virginia
Ann Fissel: 304-628-3445

Community Building ~ Cairo, WV

Adjacent to Town Square
The Historic Home of Three
Marble Manufacturers!
Set-up is free and begins at 8 AM
~ Sale of antique &
contemporary marbles
~ Exhibits, marble
books & more
~ Food available on site,
free parking
~ Free admission
Explore our town, and be sure to see the
historic old Bank of Cairo exhibits!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Pre-designer spiral wrapped vases. 365 days of Blenko.

Blenko #374 in Ruby (6"), Blenko #483 in Sky Blue (7 3/4")

Photos by Bruce Specht

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

Friday, March 22, 2013

Pre-designer footed vases. 365 days of Blenko

Blenko #388 Ruffle Footed Vase in Ruby (7 1/2"), Blenko #428-S Urn Vase in Chartreuse Seed Glass (7")

Photos by Bruce Specht

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Can you help this Reader ID her glass?

I have been unsuccessful identifying the pictures of the art piece
attached to this e-mail.  The antique dealer I bought it from PROMISED
me it was Blenko, but I can not find it in any catalogs.  It has the
characteristics of a Blenko piece, but I just don't know for sure.  It
stands 12 inches high and has about a 25 inch circumfrance.  It is
quite heavy, has air bubbles throughout, but has a rather smooth
pontil.  I want to give it to a collector for a wedding gift next
weekend, but don't want to make a big mistake if it's not Blenko.
Please help!  Thank you ever so much!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Tip #  414  The only consequence to  to more candles on the cake - is a hotter party!

Read the book - join the movement!

Vintage Blenko -  Yes!  Older can be Better! 
BOOMERS   was written by James T.  He and his wife Karen have owned  GOOD LIVING ( a series of retirement homes) since 1982.

Karen and James were in their late 20s  early 30s when they opened GOOD LIVING.   Karen a MSW- focused on Elderly  (social worker) and James ( a multi talented community organizer )  became involved in aging as young people.  Now both nearing or in the age ( 60) we  ( those of us under 30) consider to be OLD!   Karen and James are the final word on aging in West Virginia. 

I'm going to suggest if you are a Senior who collects glass,  you know a senior,  or like me - your parents are in the 60s  - purchase this book.

It is filled with practical ideas and good humor.

Book is available on Kindle.  http://www.amazon.com/Boomers-Hints-Generation-Refuses-ebook/dp/B00AWG9MBK/
Nice Article about James Thibeault  http://www.dailymail.com/News/201303140142
Phone 304 925 6568

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pre-designer Sky Blue vases. 365 days of Blenko

Blenko #438 Large Handled Urn in Sky Blue (11"), Blenko #375 Two-Handled Vase in Sky Blue (6"), Blenko #423-S Wild Rose Pattern Urn in Sky Blue Seed Glass (8")

Photos by Bruce Specht

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

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Blenko annual warehouse sale!

The Blenko glass annual warehouse sale is from March 16th-30th at the Blenko Visitors Center!
Blenko Glass Company
P.O. Box 67
Milton, WV 25541
(877) 425-3656

Friday, March 15, 2013

Can we help this reader ID her blenko vase?

Hello Hillary,

I have attached two pictures one is of the vase itself and the other of the signature on the bottom where it appears the Blenko date stamp was removed. 
I have been told that this piece was a special piece done by Richard Blenko for PBS at the time and he signed it himself.
All I know is that the signatures I have seen do not look like the one on this vase and I just need to verify if my lovely vase
is a) Blenko glass and b) signed by Richard Blenko in 2001 in Detroit.

Thank you for your time and quick response,
Jeanne Keen

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Anticipation! Blenko Glass Warehouse Sale March 16th

Each month at my parents home - a box of fruit from Harry & David's arrives - - - - on about the 5th of every month,  I anticipate the delicious fruit.

This weekend is the beginning of the Annual Blenko Glass Warehouse Sale  - Milton, WVa.
If you are a seller of glass  -  this is a sale you have been waiting for with anticipation!  

What's available is a mystery - - - one of a kind items,  over runs,  2nds,  odd ball colors -  the prices are way below wholesale.  The warehouse is filled with glass.  

It's a great week to purchase Blenko!     Several of my friends buy glass during the sale   then use it for Xmas,  birthdays,  and other events.    It's nice to have a gift drawer -  so if and when you need something special  it's available and you didn't over spend.

Visit Blenko -  after March 16th  - visit the warehouse sale!    The gift shop will also be open during this time.

Check out Blenko Glass ( website)  for additional info and times.

Happy Shopping!

Fire & Ice -  Not an example of what's available -  Note:  We have not photos from the Warehouse Sale. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Big fish

   This photo is from James and Yvonne  collectors who live in Culloden, WVa.

Blenko Glass Warehouse Sale

March 16th is the first day of the Blenko Glass Warehouse Sale.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

UrbanGlass (Brooklyn, NY) seeks Studio Head Technician

UrbanGlass Studio seeks Head Technician

UrbanGlass is seeking a Studio Head Technician to organize and maintain a safe, efficient, and positive studio environment for renters and students.  The studio includes hot, cold, flame, neon, kiln, stained glass, and mold shops.

UrbanGlass is completing a full-scale renovation of the studio.  The Head Technician will have the chance to become a part of the UrbanGlass team during this exciting project.  The job will start before the studio reopens to the public, with installation of the renovated hot shop. Understanding of the equipment and studio will be first-hand and intimate.

Regular duties will include, but are not limited to:

·        Interact daily with the Director of Operations to plan and review activities.
·        Maintain, repair and/or fabricate tools and equipment to assure a safe, efficient and effective facility.
·        Manage a clean and organized studio.
·        Oversee the UrbanGlass Technical staff: preparing daily agendas and monthly work schedules; including daily cleaning, maintenance, and charging furnaces.
·        Support periodic gallery exhibition installation and removal, as well as in-house and outside events.
·        Communicate actively with studio renters and students; problem solving and scheduling to accommodate a stress free working studio environment.

It is preferred, but not required that the applicant have background in managing a glass studio.  Basic knowledge of machinery, hand tools, electrical and plumbing systems is beneficial.  The capacity to communicate effectively with co-workers and excellent customer service is a must.

This position will start as part-time temporary on May 1, 2013 during installation, with the opportunity to become full-time permanent when the studio re-opens in late Fall 2013.  Compensation will be based on previous experience and qualifications.

Please email your cover letter and resume indicating your interest and qualifications for the position to brian@urbanglass.org .  Please use the subject title, “UrbanGlass Studio Head Technician: Your Name” Applications should be received by March 27, 2013

Prepare for St Patty Day - Green Glass


everyone IRISH

for the month of March?  Blenko Annual Warehouse sale begins later this week -  perhaps you will find your special green glass during this sale!   

If you haven't bought your GREEN GLASS for March, The Time Is Now! Blenko Glass in Milton, WV has Green Glass! When you purchase glass in lieu of plastic or paper you are buying a family treasure. What special things happen in your life on St Patrick's Day?

This Green Top Hat is the center of my St Patrick's Day Theme. I fill it with hard candy, or flowers, or fruit during the month of March.
Start your own St. Patrick's Day tradition.

Below you will find info from Steve the webmaster about St Patricks' Day available on the web.
Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig), colloquially St. Paddy's Day or Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa 385–461 AD), one of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on March 17.

The day is the national holiday of Ireland. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Montserrat. In Canada, Great Britain, Australia, the United States and New Zealand, it is widely celebrated but is not an official holiday.

It became a feast day in the Roman Catholic Church due to the influence of the Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding in the early part of the 17th century, and is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland. The feast day usually falls during Lent; if it falls on a Friday of Lent (unless it is Good Friday), the obligation to abstain from eating meat can be lifted by the local bishop. The date of the feast is occasionally, yet controversially, moved by church authorities when March 17 falls during Holy Week; this happened in 1940 when Saint Patrick's Day was observed on April 3 in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and happened again in 2008, having been observed on 15 March.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Blenko cards

Hello Hillary,
I ordered cards from Diane. They are beautiful. I wanted to frame the cards, so I requested her to sign the front of the cards, which she did. Diane is very nice and professional. I requested her to make a black card, and she did.
Below is picture of the set of 8 cards. I will send more pictures once I frame them.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Glass Classes at Blenko on March 16th

March 16th During the Blenko Open House:
Make your own Easter Egg Class at 9:30am
  • $35 per person
  • Limited to 20 participants
Make your own Mini Water Bottle Class at 11:00am
  • $65 per person
  • Limited to 10 Participants
Stained Glass Panel Class at 9:30am
  • $85 per person
  • Limited to 5 participants
Mosaic Key Chain or Sun catcher Class at 10am
  • $20 per person
  • Limited to 20 participants
Please call (877) 425-3656 and ask for Tammy to register for classes. Deadline for registration is March 13th.

Thursday, March 07, 2013


It's a new beginning for Blenko Glass  -  Blenko emerged from bankruptcy on March 5, 2013.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013


Hillary  I own this lamp, I've spent months trying to identify - can you help?
Thanks very much for your help. I've attached some photos of the lamp. As I said, it's lovely but I can find no information about when it may have been made.
South Carolina Reader


Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Blenko Glass Annual Warehouse Sale

Blenko Glass annual warehouse sale begins  March 16th.
You'll want to attend this event.
Check out the schedule on Blenko Glass website.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Blenko Glass. Available Glass in Gift Shop.

Blenko Behind the Senes Tonight on Nebraska PBS

Blenko Glass: Behind the Scenes Monday 7pm

on Nebraska PBS

For more information visit:

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Hot Shop Neon Workshop March 9th and 10th

Hot Shop Neon Workshop- Neusole Glassworks (Cincinnati, OH)

During this two day workshop, participants will work with an experienced glassblower to create hollow forms in the hot shop on the first day.

On the second day, these forms will be lit up using argon or neon gas.

The outcome is similar to a plasma globe/ball.

Each participant will receive a transformer to keep to light their form/s.


Neusole Glassworks
656 E McMillan St
Cincinnati, OH 45206

March 9th 10-3
March 10th 10-3

Friday, March 01, 2013

Behind the Scenes 8pm tonight on WKAR-TV

Blenko Glass: Behind the Scenes 8pm Friday 3/1  on WKAR-TV

 Those giving at certain levels may receive Blenko glass pieces as a thank you gift, including a blue fluted vase made especially for WKAR supporters. Watch and call or Give Now to WKAR-TV Michigan.

Watch and call or Give Now to WKAR-TV  - Those giving at certain levels may receive Blenko glass pieces as a thank you gift, including a blue fluted vase made especially for WKAR supporters.
Step behind the scenes of Blenko Glass, a family company whose brilliantly colored glass has been a collector's favorite for a century.
This high definition program takes viewers into the heat and heart of the Blenko glassworks to see how the beautiful, all-handmade, glassware is created. Each piece is unique and so are the artisans and members of the Blenko family who continue this proud, 100 year tradition.

For more information visit http://wkar.org/post/blenko-glass-behind-scenes-0