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, August 12, 2013

Penguins ? In the Eye of the Beholder

In  2007  Ken and Benna a couple living in Reynoldsburg, Ohio sent me the photo below.  Ken told a story of the purchase and the Blenko connection.  His brother bought the glass art he calls Penguins in the late  80s  from an estate sale.   In the mid 90s  the brother passed and Ken and Benna inherited the glass.  The glass is signed ' Shorty Finley 1980'.*   Ken and Benna have spoken with me many times since 2007.  
During this time,  we discovered the Penguins were actually Star Wars *inspired creatures.  Shorty Finley made this set and one other ( glass colors are not the same) in 1980.   Shorty describes the glass as cobalt with a swirl of tangerine and crystal. 
If you own Blenko,  unusual Blenko,  Blenko made by a family member, or a glass craftsman, please send photos to share theblenkoproject@aol.com .  We'll publish your photos and your story in the Heart of Glass.   Thank you for reading and for sharing.  hjh
Note: * To learn more about Shorty Finley - www.blenkoproject.org
Star Wars:
Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series created by George Lucas.. The franchise depicts a galaxy described as far, far away in the distant past, and it commonly portrays Jedi as a representation of good, in conflict with the Sith, their evil counterpart. Their weapon of choice, the lightsaber, is commonly recognized in popular culture. The fictional universe also contains many themes, especially influences of philosophy and religion.
The first film in the series was originally released on May 25, 1977, under the title Star Wars, by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, followed by two sequels, released at three-year intervals.  wiki


Anonymous said...

He did the famous star war chess set also. I bought acouple star war inspired items in the late 80's. Do they have value. Bob rader

Anonymous said...

If possible I would like to see more photos of this set. Perhaps better light

Anonymous said...

Are you getting the comments?
I would like to know when Shorty Finley glass comes up for sale.
Sam Tyree

Anonymous said...

I also want to learn more about the factory workers, can you do post about the current workers,
with photos and bios?
Just a thought
George D.
Not a command, but a request or suggestion.