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, August 04, 2013

Hank Murta Adams

Blenko Glass . Many  designers  including  Winslow Anderson,  Joel Myers,  Wayne Husted, Hank Adams,  came to Blenko immediately after finishing their degree.  They developed their skills and perfected their craft while at Blenko.  After Blenko all have become well known in the art glass world. 
Recently Blog follower Maggie sent me a package of photos -  all were of Hank Adams work she was bidding on.   Hank Adams ( after Blenko) designs are requesting $8 K  to $35K.  
Only if you collect Blenko Glass - can the average working man own a Hank Adams or Joel Myers or Wayne Husted etc  creation.  hjh
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Hank Adams - Blenko design faces

Hank Adams - creation - photo & bio  from blog reader Maggie 

Hank Murta Adams (American, b. 1956), ca 1991. Glass sculpture titled Ned; ht.25 in.

Adams was a student of Dale Chihuly at the Rhode Island School of Design graduating with a BFA in painting in 1978. He continued his education at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and later, the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. Adams has been awarded three Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; his work has been featured in numerous one-man exhibitions both in the US and abroad. The writer and critic, William Warmus, describes the castings of Hank Murta Adams as “beat up, injured, cobbled together, melted, blasted, cast, casted, fused, cracked, cooled, chilled out, frozen, freezing, dug out, melted out, ground down, nailed, suspended, punctured, pierced, pieced, metered, handled, groomed and tuned into a cast with real faces: ironic, sexy, distressed, cynical, deathly, hearty, funny, deathly funny, lost, limping. Limpid.”

Exhibited: Glass New Concepts, Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI, 1992.

References: Oatman, Michael. "Hank Murta Adams, Chaos and Control." Glass Magazine, Summer 2005, pp. 52- 61.

Warmus, William. "Castings: Hank Murta Adams." Glass Magazine, Spring 1997, Volume 66, pp. 34-39.


Anonymous said...

Do you know Deb Allen? I think she has one of the best Hank Adams collections and she knows more about HA than anyone. You should try to contact her for photos and info.
Georgia Miller

Anonymous said...

She's lives in atlanta

Anonymous said...

Hank Adams
was ten years ahead of Blenko
his glass designs will be amongst the ones future collectors desire.
They were not the typical tableware. Carolee

Anonymous said...

I have a signed devil head of hanks, i will take offers from serious people.

Anonymous said...

Will you publish photos of Deb Allen's Hank Adams glass?
If you have
Sam Tyree

Anonymous said...

Devils head has no appeal to me, I wouldn't allow in my home.
Sam Tyree

Richard Fluhr said...

I stumbled upon this site while searching american glass and found a piece I have and i didn't know the name. It's a Hank Adams piece from the Blenko period. I see the huge prices for his post-Blenko period and I was wondering the value of the Blenko period face vases.