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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

THIS IS IT! _ Blenko's Festival Of Glass Schedule.

Festival of Glass
August 2nd and 3rd, 2013
Friday, August 2nd
Class Descriptions
  • Glass Blowing Workshop: Ages 15-up. $350.00/person. Have you ever wanted to try you hand a glass blowing? Each person will participate in every step necessary to create a piece of handmade glass. You will work on at least 4-5 pieces and the end results are all yours to keep.
  • Paperweight: Ages 12-up. $40.00/person. Each participant will choose from selected colored glass frit and assist in making your own unique paperweight.
  • Mosaic Nightlight: Ages 8-up. $25.00/person. Create your own mosaic nightlight using colorful pieces of Blenko sheet glass and frit.
  • Large Dalle Chipping: Ages 14-up. $125.00/person. Turn your vision into a work of art by chipping away at slabs of glass. This class offers you the opportunity to learn the techniques involved in creating a faceted glass 18" x 18" panel.
  • Small Dalle Mosaic: Ages 5-up. $45.00/person. Parental Supervision required under age 10. Use your imagination to create an 8" x 8" glass panel using various shapes of pre-cut Blenko glass. Ages 14-up may learn the chipping technique to create your own panel.
  • Garden Stone Mosaic: Ages 3-up. $20.00/person. Parental supervision requested under age 10. A great class for kids. Create your own custom garden stone using various Blenko glass pieces and other unique decorations.
  • Blown Ornament: Ages 12-up. $35.00/person. Each Participant will choose from selected fit colors and with the assistance of Blenko Artisans create their own one of a kind round ornament.
  • Stained Glass Panel: Ages 12-up. $85.00/person. You will learn the steps required to make a stained glass panel and will then create your own 13" x 13" panel.
  • Blown Glass Vase/Candy Dish: Ages 14-up. $65.00/person. In this class each participant will get to roll their piece of glass in selected frit to pick up the desired colors. Then they will get to heat the piece up to melt the frit and blow their piece of glass into a wooden form so that it can be made into a vase or bowl with the finisher.
  • Make a Water Bottle: Ages 12-up. $65.00/person. Here is your chance to blow and finish your own Original Water Bottle with the assistance of Blenko artisans. 
  • NEW Make a MINI Water Bottle: Ages 12-up. $65.00/person. Here is your chance to blow and finish your own Mini Water Bottle with the assistance of Blenko artisans. 
  • Cast Animal Paperweight: Ages 8-up. $30.00/person. Each participant will get to pick their molds, cut the glass and press it into the molds and flip the molds onto the carry-in board. Each participant will get to take home 3 of their creations.
  • Dichroic Glass Jewelry: Ages 10-up. Each participant will get to create their own piece of dichroic glass jewelry by placing a variety of dichroic glass pieces in layers on a necklace base. Choice of pendant, earrings or *bracelet. *Additional charges apply.
  • NEW Glass Chime: Ages 10-up. $45.00/person. Choose and assemble a beautiful glass wind chime that will sparkle in the sun and bring music to your life.
  • NEW Glass Painting: Ages 3-up. $10.00-$20.00/person. Choose between a small cast animal or blank ($10.00) or large cast animal or blank ($20.00) and use your creative talents to decorate your piece of glass with endless colors and designs.
To sign up for classes please call (877) 425-3656 or local (304) 743-9081.
Photo from the 1st Festival of Glass -   Glass blowing class.  More photos coming.   You'll want to sign up for classes,  bring your children and grand kids,  come meet Ernie Downey ( the creator of the jewelry you've been purchasing at Blenko),  the Blenko Workers and Craftsmen.  This is a wonderful time to learn more about Blenko Glass and to participate in educational activities.  hjh 


Anonymous said...

If you haven't done this
do it this year.
We did last two years, each year is better than the year before.

Anonymous said...

For the glassblowing class
do I need special clothes, or to have done this before?
Peter J.

CPK.collectoroffineart said...

Is the glass blowing for 2 days for $350?
Who teaches these classes?