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, July 08, 2013
GLASS ID w Photos
First of all, thank you for your wonderful site and all of its resources! I handle many vintage Blenko items but I am absolutely stumped by this bowl. I have searched every page of all of the Blenko catalogs with only indications of the form. I am aware of many of the characteristics of this glass such as weight and especially the form and texture of this piece compared to similar shapes. BUT, I've never come across this turtle bowl.
The form of the bowl resembles form free-form bowl/ashtray #6023. The color to me represents Lemon (1968-1969), or possibly Gold (1955-1958), but it is darker. The weight of the piece is 5 lbs 7 oz. And it is approx. 9 1/4" x 8 1/2. I have had many Blenko free-form ashtrays, platters and other molded pieces and the bottom of this bowl mirrors Blenko's texture, lines, thickness for their molded pieces. It does however have something I haven't seen: three rounded feet on bottom right behind turtle's head and feet.
In viewing catalog year 1962 there is a pink free-form dish with something raised resembling a turtle back, but it is hard to tell for sure. The only other Blenko turtle I found was a plate #2110 for year 2001.
Do you know if this is a true Blenko piece? I had thought the turtle resembled Don Shepherd design, but still stumped here to the color, designer and years of production. Would you know if this is a special Blenko piece by a certain designer? Wayne Husted? I don't believe Indian or Bischoff made a piece as this. I also looked into thousands of auction house photos and could not find a turtle bowl as this. If it wasn't for the beautiful turtle in the dish I would claim it a free-form # 6023 piece! Any thoughts?
Thank you so much for your time. I have attached three pictures of the piece. Truly appreciate your help! I look forward to hearing from you.