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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, June 30, 2013

Photos From the Lines - Blenko - WV Birthday Sale - Saturday 8am

Photos of long time Blenko Collectors waiting in line - some since Tuesday am  to purchase the Blenko WV Vase on Saturday am.
 Brenda Jackson, George Jackson, Hunter & Don Lanham, Denny Dalson,  Cindy Sharp, John Bowles, Scott Sharp, Teddy and Mr. Roosevelt ( cutest dog in the line and perhaps in WV), Roger who owns a cat named BLENKO,  Heather and Bert Cooper, Paula Short, Jan Williamson,










Apologize for the delay and lack of information - our blog and email was hacked - we lost all future post and most all photos and emails were deleted.  We now have the IP addresses of the invader. 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Photos From the Friday Evening - After Hours Sale






Several hundred people stood in line Friday evening to have their Blenko Glass purchases signed by Artist Arlon Baylis and President CEO of Blenko Walter Blenko. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Six Applalachian Wonder Tales - Kanawha Players This Weekend.

Sing Down the Moon:  Appalachian Wonder Tales    is being presented by the Kanawha Players of Charleston, WVa.  
http://kanawhaplayers.org/  Kanawha Players is the longest running community theater in West Virginia.

The two hour show takes several popular fairy tales gives them an Appalachian spin and mixes them with old time  ( think George Clooney is Brother How Art Thou).  There are six tales.
Jack and the Wonder Bean,  Jack and king Marock,  Catskins,  The Enchanted Tree and The Sow and Her Three Pigs.   

My recently deceased  neighbor Jinny Spann  ( Ms. Charles Spann,  Edgwood Drive, Charleston, WV) was active with this group for more than 40 years, serving an actor, singer, president and supporter.   Jinny in the last year of her life ask me to become involved in Kanawha Players.   She ( Jinny) passed this summer and I am in the cast of this play. 

Kanawha Players has a Blenko connection -  Blenko Glass created a limited number of crystal water bottles to commemorate their anniversary.  The bottles sold for $100 each as part of a fund raiser.   http://kanawhaplayers.org  if you wish to purchase a bottle or support the Kanawha Players.


The play starts at 7pm  Friday -Saturday and 2pm on Sunday . Kanawha Players is located at 309 Beauregard Street in Charleston, WVa.  -     The cast ranges in age from 2 to 82.  Tickets are Adults $16 students and children $10.  Family packages are available.

Take the children, the grandchildren,  the neighbors kids,  this is a fun activity for the entire family.
HJH

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Monday, June 24, 2013

West Virginia Birthday -Blenko Glass - For Sale!

6/29/ 2013  9:24  this set has been spoken for.  These vases are NO Longer Available for sale.
We frequently hear from collectors wanting to rehome their glass.  If you need a specific item (s)
send us an email and we'll forward you the info re: a seller.
Or if you have glass that needs a new home - we'll try to help.
hjh
Folks,  we have been ask to assist with finding new homes for a collection of 32
WV Birthday Vases.
If you are interested in purchasing please send an email containing the vases you need ( year) and what you are willing to pay.
The estate will contact you if you suggested fee is in the range they are seeking.
send your request to
theblenkoproject@aol.com
   The following information should be included.
Your name and phone #,
your method of payment ie paypal, cash, cashier check.
The vases you want,
and the amount you are willing to pay.
Thank you!

I know many of you need only one or two vases,  this may be your opportunity to complete your set.
This estate is missing  year 83.   They do have the 2013 vase.
HJH

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Blenko Glass Company annual West Virginia Birthday Celebration is TODAY

Blenko Glass Company annual West Virginia Birthday Celebration is TODAY
The Blenko Visitor Center will open for the celebration at 8 a.m. June 22 for the event.
 
Only 150 pieces are available and they will be signed by both the designer, Arlon Bayliss, and Blenko President Walter Blenko, Jr. Both men will be at the event.
The piece is limited to one per customer on a first-come, first-served basis. No advanced telephone orders will be taken, and all customers will receive a commemorative West Virginia Day Collection Day Medallion while they last.
Birthday cake and refreshments will be served.

Blenko Birthday Pictures taken on June 20, 2013 - II

Here are more pictures from Ernie Downey- Blenko Glass Photographer, glass artist, teacher.


Arlon Bayliss Signing WV Birthday piece

 Arlon and Walter with 2013 Birthday piece and custom designed mold

 Arlon and Walter with 2013 Birthday piece and custom designed mold

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Blenko Birthday Pictures taken on June 20, 2013 - I



Hillary, 

here are pictures from today with pieces being signed and some good conversation. 
I have also included a picture of the commerative plate that I did for this piece.  I only made 8, one went to Arlon the other 7 are at Blenko to be sold in the VC.
Hope you enjoy the pics. 



the plate that id did for Blenko of the birthday piece, on blue glass since it is the color of the piece this year


Birthday piece, plate and on of Arlon's drawings


Walter Blenko Signing WV Birthday piece


Pictures sent by, Ernie Downey - Blenko Glass Photographer , glass artist, teacher.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEST VIRGINIA - 150 Years.

Blenko Glass Company  annual West Virginia Birthday Celebration
 
The Blenko Visitor Center will open for the celebration at 8 a.m. June 22 for the event.
The birthday piece "celebrates how West Virginians hold each other in their hearts," according to a news release from Blenko Glass Company Vice President Katie Trippe.
The piece is an ice blue color, and is 11 inches tall with a flared rim.
Only 150 pieces will be created, and they will be signed by both the designer, Arlon Bayliss, and Blenko President Walter Blenko, Jr. Both men will be at the event.
The piece is limited to one per customer on a first-come, first-served basis. No advanced telephone orders will be taken, and all customers will receive a commemorative West Virginia Day Collection Day Medallion while they last.
Birthday cake and refreshments will be served.

West Virginia's 150th birthday celebrated at WVU with latest gift from Blenko family

Blenko Glass Co. has continued its tradition of providing the West Virginia University art collection with the latest piece of limited edition glass from the West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection.
The donation to the University’s art collection has become an annual occurrence that takes place on the birthday of West Virginia – June 20 – and reflects that the family-owned business is one of those helping keep the culture and traditions of the Mountain State alive.
The West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection, which began in 1980, celebrates the state’s birthday by creating and selling the exact number of pieces as the state’s age.
This year, Blenko Glass, located in Milton, W.Va., has produced 150 original pieces to celebrate West Virginia’s 150th birthday. According to the Blenko Project web site, www.blenkoproject.org, WVU houses just one of the five known complete sets. Frequently, WVU’s rare collection is on display at the Blaney House, home of the WVU president.
Made of turquoise and crystal glass, this year’s birthday piece is called “Birthday Hearts for West Virginia”.
“We wanted this piece to be extra special,” said designer Arlon Bayliss. “As I thought about the theme for this important Blenko Birthday piece, my mind kept returning to how West Virginians hold each other in their hearts, to their generosity, hard work and love.”
Bayliss said the 11-inch tall, ballooning vase expands with billowing hearts from a narrow base to broad rounded shoulders, and a generous flared rim, to represent “a Mountaineer’s freedom.”
WVU was given a majority of this collection through the generosity of Hillary Homburg, a former WVU dental student and 2002 WVU Foundation Scholar.
In 2007, the alumna decided to donate her family’s personal collection of vases from 1980 to 2007 to WVU.
“At the time, my Blenko West Virginia Birthday vases were my most valuable asset,” said Homburg. “I wanted to give something back to the University, and also it would allow the vases to be seen by the many visitors to WVU.”
Homburg felt the collection would be best represented by the University because of its own unique and rich history within the State. Since then, the Blenko family has donated the latest collectable in the series to the University’s art collection each year.
Homburg writes in a daily blog for The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch called “Heart of Glass,” http://herald-dispatchblogs04.blogspot.com/, where she talks about West Virginia glass.
The latest Blenko Glass collectible was given to WVU’s art collection in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.
- See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2013/06/20/west-virginia-s-150th-birthday-celebrated-at-wvu-with-latest-gift-from-blenko-family#sthash.Q3mJLBYO.dpuf
Blenko Glass Co. has continued its tradition of providing the West Virginia University art collection with the latest piece of limited edition glass from the West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection.
The donation to the University’s art collection has become an annual occurrence that takes place on the birthday of West Virginia – June 20 – and reflects that the family-owned business is one of those helping keep the culture and traditions of the Mountain State alive.
The West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection, which began in 1980, celebrates the state’s birthday by creating and selling the exact number of pieces as the state’s age.
This year, Blenko Glass, located in Milton, W.Va., has produced 150 original pieces to celebrate West Virginia’s 150th birthday. According to the Blenko Project web site, www.blenkoproject.org, WVU houses just one of the five known complete sets. Frequently, WVU’s rare collection is on display at the Blaney House, home of the WVU president.
Made of turquoise and crystal glass, this year’s birthday piece is called “Birthday Hearts for West Virginia”.
“We wanted this piece to be extra special,” said designer Arlon Bayliss. “As I thought about the theme for this important Blenko Birthday piece, my mind kept returning to how West Virginians hold each other in their hearts, to their generosity, hard work and love.”
Bayliss said the 11-inch tall, ballooning vase expands with billowing hearts from a narrow base to broad rounded shoulders, and a generous flared rim, to represent “a Mountaineer’s freedom.”
WVU was given a majority of this collection through the generosity of Hillary Homburg, a former WVU dental student and 2002 WVU Foundation Scholar.
In 2007, the alumna decided to donate her family’s personal collection of vases from 1980 to 2007 to WVU.
“At the time, my Blenko West Virginia Birthday vases were my most valuable asset,” said Homburg. “I wanted to give something back to the University, and also it would allow the vases to be seen by the many visitors to WVU.”
Homburg felt the collection would be best represented by the University because of its own unique and rich history within the State. Since then, the Blenko family has donated the latest collectable in the series to the University’s art collection each year.
Homburg writes in a daily blog for The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch called “Heart of Glass,” http://herald-dispatchblogs04.blogspot.com/, where she talks about West Virginia glass.
The latest Blenko Glass collectible was given to WVU’s art collection in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.
- See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2013/06/20/west-virginia-s-150th-birthday-celebrated-at-wvu-with-latest-gift-from-blenko-family#sthash.Q3mJLBYO.dpuf
Blenko Glass Co. has continued its tradition of providing the West Virginia University art collection with the latest piece of limited edition glass from the West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection.
The donation to the University’s art collection has become an annual occurrence that takes place on the birthday of West Virginia – June 20 – and reflects that the family-owned business is one of those helping keep the culture and traditions of the Mountain State alive.
The West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection, which began in 1980, celebrates the state’s birthday by creating and selling the exact number of pieces as the state’s age.
This year, Blenko Glass, located in Milton, W.Va., has produced 150 original pieces to celebrate West Virginia’s 150th birthday. According to the Blenko Project web site, www.blenkoproject.org, WVU houses just one of the five known complete sets. Frequently, WVU’s rare collection is on display at the Blaney House, home of the WVU president.
Made of turquoise and crystal glass, this year’s birthday piece is called “Birthday Hearts for West Virginia”.
“We wanted this piece to be extra special,” said designer Arlon Bayliss. “As I thought about the theme for this important Blenko Birthday piece, my mind kept returning to how West Virginians hold each other in their hearts, to their generosity, hard work and love.”
Bayliss said the 11-inch tall, ballooning vase expands with billowing hearts from a narrow base to broad rounded shoulders, and a generous flared rim, to represent “a Mountaineer’s freedom.”
WVU was given a majority of this collection through the generosity of Hillary Homburg, a former WVU dental student and 2002 WVU Foundation Scholar.
In 2007, the alumna decided to donate her family’s personal collection of vases from 1980 to 2007 to WVU.
“At the time, my Blenko West Virginia Birthday vases were my most valuable asset,” said Homburg. “I wanted to give something back to the University, and also it would allow the vases to be seen by the many visitors to WVU.”
Homburg felt the collection would be best represented by the University because of its own unique and rich history within the State. Since then, the Blenko family has donated the latest collectable in the series to the University’s art collection each year.
Homburg writes in a daily blog for The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch called “Heart of Glass,” http://herald-dispatchblogs04.blogspot.com/, where she talks about West Virginia glass.
The latest Blenko Glass collectible was given to WVU’s art collection in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.
- See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2013/06/20/west-virginia-s-150th-birthday-celebrated-at-wvu-with-latest-gift-from-blenko-family#sthash.Q3mJLBYO.dpuf
Blenko Glass Co. has continued its tradition of providing the West Virginia University art collection with the latest piece of limited edition glass from the West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection.
The donation to the University’s art collection has become an annual occurrence that takes place on the birthday of West Virginia – June 20 – and reflects that the family-owned business is one of those helping keep the culture and traditions of the Mountain State alive.
The West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection, which began in 1980, celebrates the state’s birthday by creating and selling the exact number of pieces as the state’s age.
This year, Blenko Glass, located in Milton, W.Va., has produced 150 original pieces to celebrate West Virginia’s 150th birthday. According to the Blenko Project web site, www.blenkoproject.org, WVU houses just one of the five known complete sets. Frequently, WVU’s rare collection is on display at the Blaney House, home of the WVU president.
Made of turquoise and crystal glass, this year’s birthday piece is called “Birthday Hearts for West Virginia”.
“We wanted this piece to be extra special,” said designer Arlon Bayliss. “As I thought about the theme for this important Blenko Birthday piece, my mind kept returning to how West Virginians hold each other in their hearts, to their generosity, hard work and love.”
Bayliss said the 11-inch tall, ballooning vase expands with billowing hearts from a narrow base to broad rounded shoulders, and a generous flared rim, to represent “a Mountaineer’s freedom.”
WVU was given a majority of this collection through the generosity of Hillary Homburg, a former WVU dental student and 2002 WVU Foundation Scholar.
In 2007, the alumna decided to donate her family’s personal collection of vases from 1980 to 2007 to WVU.
“At the time, my Blenko West Virginia Birthday vases were my most valuable asset,” said Homburg. “I wanted to give something back to the University, and also it would allow the vases to be seen by the many visitors to WVU.”
Homburg felt the collection would be best represented by the University because of its own unique and rich history within the State. Since then, the Blenko family has donated the latest collectable in the series to the University’s art collection each year.
Homburg writes in a daily blog for The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch called “Heart of Glass,” http://herald-dispatchblogs04.blogspot.com/, where she talks about West Virginia glass.
The latest Blenko Glass collectible was given to WVU’s art collection in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.
- See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2013/06/20/west-virginia-s-150th-birthday-celebrated-at-wvu-with-latest-gift-from-blenko-family#sthash.Q3mJLBYO.dpuf

Blenko Glass Co. has continued its tradition of providing the West Virginia University art collection with the latest piece of limited edition glass from the West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection.

The donation to the University’s art collection has become an annual occurrence that takes place on the birthday of West Virginia – June 20 – and reflects that the family-owned business is one of those helping keep the culture and traditions of the Mountain State alive.

The West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection, which began in 1980, celebrates the state’s birthday by creating and selling the exact number of pieces as the state’s age.

This year, Blenko Glass, located in Milton, W.Va., has produced 150 original pieces to celebrate West Virginia’s 150th birthday. According to the Blenko Project web site, www.blenkoproject.org, WVU houses just one of the five known complete sets. Frequently, WVU’s rare collection is on display at the Blaney House, home of the WVU president.

Made of turquoise and crystal glass, this year’s birthday piece is called “Birthday Hearts for West Virginia”.

“We wanted this piece to be extra special,” said designer Arlon Bayliss. “As I thought about the theme for this important Blenko Birthday piece, my mind kept returning to how West Virginians hold each other in their hearts, to their generosity, hard work and love.”

Bayliss said the 11-inch tall, ballooning vase expands with billowing hearts from a narrow base to broad rounded shoulders, and a generous flared rim, to represent “a Mountaineer’s freedom.”

WVU was given a majority of this collection through the generosity of Hillary Homburg, a former WVU dental student and 2002 WVU Foundation Scholar.

In 2007, the alumna decided to donate her family’s personal collection of vases from 1980 to 2007 to WVU.

“At the time, my Blenko West Virginia Birthday vases were my most valuable asset,” said Homburg. “I wanted to give something back to the University, and also it would allow the vases to be seen by the many visitors to WVU.”

Homburg felt the collection would be best represented by the University because of its own unique and rich history within the State. Since then, the Blenko family has donated the latest collectable in the series to the University’s art collection each year.

Homburg writes in a daily blog for The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch called “Heart of Glass,” http://herald-dispatchblogs04.blogspot.com/, where she talks about West Virginia glass.

The latest Blenko Glass collectible was given to WVU’s art collection in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.

-WVUF-

- See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2013/06/20/west-virginia-s-150th-birthday-celebrated-at-wvu-with-latest-gift-from-blenko-family#sthash.Q3mJLBYO.dpuf

June 20th - Happy 150th Birthday West Virginia!


Going To Blenko This Weekend?

   The Heart of Glass blog needs your photos from Friday and Saturday.  
For several years a Texas collector ( Mr. PB) provided the blog with photos from the line ( which starts Friday after work and ends when the Gift Shop opens)  -  and photos of the event.
   Work commitments require Mr. PB.   to be out of the country June -Aug. this year.   We're asking other collectors to step up to help with photos for the blog.  
Please send photos to  theblenkoproject@aol.com .  Also add a line stating we have your permission to use the photo in this blog.
   Thank you
HJH
   

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Blenko's Happy After Hours June 21st 7pm to 9pm

Blenko's Happy After Hours June 21st 7pm to 9pm 

 
For the First Time Blenko will have a Happy After Hours at Blenko Event. On June 21st we will close the VC at 4pm and reopen from 7pm-9pm.
We have two special pieces that will be offered at  the After Hours Event called the "Extra Hearts for WV' Pieces. I have attached a picture of them.
The Cobalt Piece is 10 1/2" Tall and will be $39.00/ea and the Topaz piece is 9" Tall and will be $37.00/ea.
Along with the special pieces we will offer 15% off your entire purchase. No Exclusions, 7-9pm only, Cannot be combine with  any other coupons or discounts.
Walter Blenko, Jr. and Arlon Bayliss will be there and signing from 7pm-9pm and we will have Cupcakes and Refreshments.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Number of Complete Sets of WV Birthday Vases / BLENKO GLASS

The Blenko Project www.blenkoproject.org  maintains archival material about Blenko Glass and Blenko Glass Collecting.

We know of seven complete sets of WV Birthday Vases -  there must be more complete sets.

Do you own a complete set (33 vases) ?  If so please send your name to the Blenko Project
theblenkoproject@aol.com  we will NOT publish your name.  We would like to
publish your city and state   if you give permission.  

We know at least 24 people who are missing less than 5 vases for a complete set,  we know 3 who need only one additional vase.   If we can help you acquire your missing pieces send us an email and we'll post what you need or send you a list of vases we know need new homes.

This collection - The WV Birthday Blenko Vase  began in 1980 -  the vase is made once each year and less than #150
have been made yearly.    This is a very limited - long running series.

Last year,  we began suggesting  folks new to Blenko start collecting only the WV Birthday Vases made by Arlon Bayliss , then later,  if they desire add others.   Arlon Bayliss has yearly designed an outstanding vase for this celebration.   Mr. Bayliss understands how important this collection is
to the Blenko Collector.

In 1980  the WV Birthday Vase was sold at the Diamond Department Store the cost was approx. $50.  This vase now frequently sells for over $1,000.    Blenko - good quality - limited edition items frequently increase in value.

Good Luck at Blenko - June 22, 2013.

Monday, June 17, 2013

WV Birthday pics Blenko

Have you made plans to be at Blenko Glass this weekend?   Exciting news a 7-9  pm Friday Special Event and then Saturday AM  the WV Birthday Vases goes on sale.   
 WV Birthday pics Blenko
 

 Arlon Bayliss, Daniel Chapman, mold maker, inspecting mold for 2013 WV Birthday piece.
 
 
Arlon inspecting mold and how the three pieces come together
 
Birthday piece being blown into the mold, mold made of heavy gauge steel


  Arlon looking on as Randy Rider finishes Birthday piece
 These photos are from Ernie Downey - Blenko photographer,  glass artist who often teaches classes at Blenko Glass.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

WANTED: Photos of the Friday and Saturday Events At Blenko Glass

The Heart of Glass Blog needs volunteer photographers . . . . Mr. PB  from Texas
has serviced as the blog photographer during the Blenko Glass Birthday Event for several years.
   Unfortunately for us - - Mr. PB  will be out of the country from June until August on a work related trip.
    We need photos -  if you plan to attend,  please send photos  (  I Phone photos work).  We will not be attending the event - but will check theblenkoproject@aol.com  email twice a day and post photos.
Include your name and contact info please.
   Thank you!   Examples of candid photos taken during the WV Birthday Event (below).
HJH

Happy Father's Day!

My Uncles  have a favorite quote about Father's Day -  its from Mark Twain.  They were three boys growing up in the rural West Virginia with a very strict, tough father.

Mark Twain said:  " When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be 21,  I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

  My own favorite quotes about Dad's day  changes with time.  Currently I'm reading Jim Valvano and my favorite quote is :  My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.  Jim Valvano.
  
   What's your favorite Father's Day quote?  

   FYI:  www.blenkoglass.com  web site is open 24 hours a day for shopping.
Photo is of a Blenko limited edition  Birthday Vase representing WV Mountain Music 
Visit www.blenkoproject.org to learn more about Blenko Glass and collecting Blenko Glass. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Blenko's Happy After Hours June 21st 7pm to 9pm

Blenko's   Happy After Hours   June 21st  7pm to 9pm 
For the First Time Blenko will have a Happy After Hours at Blenko Event.
On June 21st we will close the VC at 4pm and reopen from 7pm-9pm.
We will give those people already in line numbers so they don't loose their place.
 We have two special pieces that will be offered at  the After Hours Event called the "Extra Hearts for WV' Pieces. I have attached a picture of them. The Cobalt Piece is 10 1/2" Tall and will be $39.00/ea and the Topaz piece is 9" Tall and will be $37.00/ea.
Along with the special pieces we will offer 15% off your entire purchase. No Exclusions, 7-9pm only, Cannot be combine with  any other coupons or discounts.
Walter Blenko, Jr. and Arlon Bayliss will be there and signing from 7pm-9pm and we will have Cupcakes and Refreshments.

Friday, June 14, 2013

A Look Back at Art Glass

Folks -  This article from New York Times was sent by blog reader Maggie:

A Look Back at Art Glass
New York Times

Most exhibitions taking place during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York present the newest of the new, but “Big Color,” which opens at DDC on Friday, will offer a retrospective of architectural-scale glass designs created in the 1950s through the 1970s by resident artists at the Blenko Glass Company in West Virginia. Eight years in the making, the show is directed by Damon Crain, a 38-year-old former gallery owner and art consultant, who discovered art glass as a child in Ottawa and amassed a large collection of antique bottles by the age of 12. At DDC, he will show 120 pieces created by the Blenko designers Wayne Husted, Joel Philips Myers and John Nickerson. “Sometimes people aren’t sure how to live with the pieces,” he said, “but when they see them grouped together as a landscape, something clicks and it makes sense.” Prices range from $700 for a 22-inch cylindrical vase by Joel Myers to $5,500 for a 38-inch-tall decanter by Wayne Husted. DDC: 136 Madison Avenue (32nd Street), (212) 685-0800, cultureobject.com.

To view full article and credits : http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/17/garden/two-decades-of-blenko-glass.html?_r=0

Thursday, June 13, 2013

West Virginia 150th Birthday - Blenko Glass

2012  WV Birthday Vases -  Plate made by Ernie Downey a West Virginia
Photographer and glass artist.

This year Mr. Downey will be making a limited number of plates with the 2013 WV Birthday Vase
if you don't collect the WV Birthday Vases   ( the are pricey)  you could start a collection of Ernie's plates.
Check out the Blenko Glass website for additional information re:  the WV Birthday Event.
www.blenkoglass.com.  
If you are a newbie to Blenko Glass collecting email theblenkoproject@aol.com  for a pamphlet with information on hotels,  places to visit, places to shop etc.
Note:  While in WVa  you'll want to visit   THE PURPLE MOON  located  in Charleston, WVa.
Purple Moon has a large collection of vintage Blenko Glass.  

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Readers:  Can We Help identify this glass oil lamp?

Subject: Glass ID  Blenko 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

Tim

blenkoproject.org

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

West Virginia's 150th Birthday - Celebrate with Blenko Glass.

    We have less than 2 weeks. . . . until the WV Birthday Vase may be purchased, this  event is similar to the anticipation a child feels the night before his birthday party for many collectors.
     Only 150 people will be able to purchase the WV Birthday Vase.
If you don't collect this series or aren't able to check the 'ticket'  . . . come to the visitors center,
look around. . . . you'll find water bottles in a dozen or more colors -  shelves filled with colorful, collectible Blenko Glass.   Blenko Glass has something for everyone,  trust me you will find something you 'must have' in the Visitors Center gallery of glass. 
    Perhaps you'll find something unique or unusual . . . .the gift shop/ visitors center frequently has end of day work,  artist proof, and colors that aren't in the catalog.  The "VC" is a bargain hunters paradise.  
    Blenko Glass shopping  can be a family event,  educators often saying sorting is a prerequisite to reading and writing skills.   Have your children help you shop - not just at Blenko but when you do estate and vintage stores seeking Blenko.  The ability to 'know' Blenko and look for 'colors' Mom and Dad want, helps a child feel useful and accomplished. 
    As a child I remember taking my  $5 or  $10 and going to Blenko yearly in search of a gift for my teacher, and on other gift giving occasions. Blenko continued to make the small paper weights and animal figures.
    Seven years ago,  a senior in Rhode Island wrote to say she was making  her first trip to Blenko to  purchase glass for all her Xmas gifts.   Her initial letter stated she grew up in a home with Blenko
her Mom used the various colored glasses and bowls for holidays.   In her note this week she wrote her grandniece is  now collecting the mini water bottles.  She ( Anna Parsley) searches for Blenko water bottles with handle -  this one is much more difficult to find.  
     Blenko is a multi generational event.  Parents, grandparents, children - can collect and shop together.
     Blenko Glass is a family owned company.  All Blenko Glass is made in USA, in Milton, WVa.
Blenko is made by families. Families who live and shop and volunteer in communities near Milton, WV.    Shown in the photo below is Eddie Powers.  Eddie 's grandfather was employed at Blenko until his death,   his father 'Red' Powers  served as the head of Antique Glass until his retirement.
     Do you have a Blenko story?  We welcome your photos and your family's Blenko Glass collecting stories.  Please send to theblenkoproject@aol.com.   hjh
   
Photo provided by Ernie Downey - Blenko Glass photographer, collector, artist, teacher.
   
    

Monday, June 10, 2013

West Virginia Birthday #150 - Blenko Glass Birthday Vase

   If you haven't made your travel plans to attend the WV Birthday - Blenko Glass
event  you'll want to do this today.
   Should you need information about Milton and the surround area - where to stay, where to shop within a 50 mile radius for WV Glass,  what to do while in WVa   send us an email
theblenkoproject@aol.com  and we'll send the pamphlet with this info.
     Blog readers seem to saying you need to be in line before 8am on Saturday if you expect to
receive a Vase.  This is a limited edition.
    As always the Blenko Glass Visitors Center will be filled with hand crafted glass ready for you to take home.   Usually Mr. Bill or Mr. Walter Blenko sign glass during this event. 
We haven't yet received the days agenda from Blenko.
    This is a great week to be in West Virginia -  Celebrations of the State's Birthday
is always a special occasion - even more special this year. 
    hjh

 

Sunday, June 09, 2013

2014 GAS Conference Announced


2014 Conference Announcement
Chicago, Illinois, March 20 - 22, 2014
Strengthening Community, Collaboration, Forging New Bonds



Dear Members and Friends of the Glass Art Society,
The Glass Art Society is thrilled to announce that the 43rd conference will be held in the Windy City. Chicago is second to none when it comes to a thriving, diverse cultural scene.  It is home to renowned architecture, public art displays, galleries, museums and colleges, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Millennium Park. We will be hosting the conference at well-known venues such as the historic Palmer House Hotel and the Chicago Cultural Center  - all centrally located in the heart of downtown.
CR_ChicagoRiver_WillisTower.jpgGAS will be partnering with one of the newest additions to Chicago’s flourishing art scene, Ignite Glass Studios, located in the West Loop neighborhood. Hot glass, flameworking and cold working will be showcased in this state of the art learning center. Our second demo site is West Supply Company, a unique facility that joins glass production with a foundry, which casts concrete and metals for some of the most notable collections in the high-end design, interiors, and gallery markets.
The conference will therefore focus on artist communities and collaboration, the forging of new bonds and new materials, bringing together artists with diverse backgrounds, techniques, and design aesthetics.
We are now accepting proposals for conference content, including lectures, demonstrations, lec-mos, and panel discussions. GAS invites you to submit presentation ideas that will best highlight the theme.


Saturday, June 08, 2013

Horchow Catalog -

Hilery,  I know readers often say Blenko is no longer in the better stores,  well Horchow Catalog is about as good as catalog shopping gets. See the Blenko below.  $64 each.   Susannze B.
Blenko Water Bottle Horchow Catalog Exclusive 40th Anniversary
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Blenko Glass Carafe

Then: Founded in 1893 in West Virginia, Blenko Glass is known for exquisite color and imaginative design including the popular collectible fish we offered in early catalogs.
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Exclusively ours. Engraved on the base to commemorate our 40th anniversary, this classic Blenko Glass carafe is handmade in Milton, West Virginia. An American institution, Blenko was founded in 1893.
  • Holds 36 ounces, making it a great way to serve beverages at the table, but we also like it as a vase.
  • Hand wash.
  • Etching on the base reads, "Horchow 40th Anniversary."
  • 5.5"W x 2.5"D x 7.75"T.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Blenko Glass 2013 WV Birthday Vase

Today  I had more than a dozen emails asking  - When should I plan to arrive at Blenko - I want to make 100% certain I receive a Birthday Vase.
This year Arlon Bayliss  has again designed a unique WVa Birthday Vase.  In past years, the WV Birthday has often been - well-  not spectacular.    The Bayliss designed WV Birthday Vases are
outstanding.  The 2013  may be my favorite!  
NOW  about what time to arrive -  in past years those folks arriving at Blenko before 6 am on Saturday Morning were assured a vase.   This year - well its a special year -  the 150th anniversary of  Statehood for WVa.  
I'm asking you the die hard collectors for your suggestion about time -  what time should  a new collector arrive to assure he/ she receives the vase???
 
This photo is of Arlon Bayliss  ( designer)  and Randy Rider ( Foreman Blenko) working on the artist proof of 2013  WV Birthday Vase.   
Photo from Ernie Downey.  Photographer / Glass Artist, Jewelry Maker, Teacher. 

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Blenko Project www.blenkoproject.org

 
Mark Twain said : " The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice."

   The Blenko Project is attempting  a collective history of WVa Glass Workers.   We are again accepting emails, and phone calls for interviews.   If you prefer you may write your story
and email it to The Blenko Project @aol.com,  or mail to 5513 Kanawha Ave.  Charleston, W.Va. 25304  attention Blenko Project History.  
    While Dr. Homburg is a Blenko Glass Fan,  the Project is all inclusive.  Thus far we have
contacts for twelve of the companies. 
   If you are a former glass worker, or have worked in the Glass industry in WVa, or are a current employee with more than ten years,  we'd like to include your photo and a brief history of your employment with photos of glass your shop made.
   Please contact us.
Thank You.

The Blenko Project 

Note:  The Blenko Project is also on June 15th again accepting photos of Glass Collections accompanied by a photo of the collector and brief history of the collection. 
Vintage Photo:   Blenko Glass Catalog.