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, September 30, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
James F. Byrnes is a local glass artist from State College, Pennsylvania. He used to make scientific glass instruments. Now a days, he specializes in hand made christmas ornaments. Below are some pictures of him and his creations. Apart from lampworking, he also blows hot glass. Although, most of the blown glass he makes is donated for charity auctions.
You can own his creations through his website. If you like his christmas ornaments, please purchase. Support your local artists and buy made in USA.
In his own words:
For 30 years I earned my living as a scientific glassblower making laboratory apparatus. During that time I always enjoyed making decorative glass items, which utilize the same basic skill set as scientific ware. Glass is such a free flowing material that it seems a shame to use it only for items of strict function. My artistic goal is to combine my creative desire for design and aesthetic with the structural integrity of laboratory glass ware, to produce items which bring lasting pleasure.
Website of James F Byrnes
Creations of James F Byrnes
Facebook page of James F Byrnes
Blod friend Toni P says:
A nice way to help out a very worthy organization
(where I did my first hot glass MYO)
Every year, the success of the Festival depends on the help of volunteers like you! The enthusiasm and generosity of volunteers help to make this exciting event run smoothly. We need Booth Sitters from noon until 4PM on either Saturday or Sunday. Help support the artists so that they can take a quick break or grab some food. No experience is required.
In return for donated time, each volunteer will receive a participant badge (good for both days) and two additional complimentary festival passes. Bring a friend or two with you the day you aren't working and enjoy the show as our "thank you."
Friday, September 27, 2013
Just sending a couple of photos today. The first is a pair of Myers designed
decanters. The Crystal one on the left I picked up as a mislist several weeks
ago. It is a Blenko #6530S with it's big brother a Blenko #6417 in Turquoise
that I have had the body for about seven years. I just recently found the
correct stopper for it. A long wait to see it completed. It was well worth the
Hope you enjoy,
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Perhaps I could say my photos are horrid as my camera is ten years old! My camera is old, but my ability to photo glass has always been below average. Glass is difficult to photograph. I admire those who can master this challenge.
PS Thank you Kayla for this photo.
I had mentioned that Kayla was getting a new camera and I was excited to see what difference it would make in our photos. Well here is a first example of the improvement it will yield. The colors are brighter and very accurate, especially the hard to capture Peacock, Plum and Chestnut. We are both excited at all the possibilities.Hope to be sending more along to the blog soon.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Readers, Weekly I receive letters asking about Bruce 's photos and collection.
We hope to increase the number of photos on the www.blenkoproject.org pages of readers collectons.
Many collectors like Bruce - has extensive collections, these collections and the photos often
leave new collectors searching for the items in the photo.
Bruce S. has some of the nicest Blenko- and he is a superb photographer of glass.
The second photo for today is a pair of Husted designed pitchers. On the left is
Blenko #5828-L in Jonquil with it's smaller version the Blenko #5828-S in
Tangerine. Both have a nice optic pattern and ribbed handles.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
|Title:||Art Exhibit Featuring West Virginia Painters, Sculptors, Photographers, Glass Artisans, Potters|
|Description:||CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will open a special sesquicentennial art exhibit at the Culture Center featuring West Virginia painters, sculptors, photographers, glass artisans and potters at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.|
|Date(s):||Sunday, September 22, 2013|
|Venue:||West Virginia Cultural Center|
|Location:||The Culture Center|
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Warm Glass Video - "Orchid Mania" by Laura Hart of Hart Glass
Laura Hart, Glass Artist at Hart Glass www.hartglass.com, in the UK, created her first video, “Orchid Mania”, which runs 6 minutes.
I really enjoyed the combination of watching her cut the glass sheets, coldworking the glass, detailed coloring,
and the multiple firings in the kiln, to yield these beautiful finished fused warm glass orchids and other flowers.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Several of you have emailed saying catalogs from 1955 to 1959 are not visible on blenko website. I checked and all are there, here is the link http://www.blenkoproject.org/1950-1959
Below is screenshot comparing the same too. If there are any issues with website, please post here. I will update the website during the weekend.
As the catalogs are high resolution scans of the catalog pages, it may take longer to load if the internet connection is poor.
Thanks for your patience,
Note: The Purple Moon ( Blenko collectors paradise) will feature Pat and Helm Hamilton’s collection “Patriotism to Modernism. Hello hillary,
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I have been unsuccessful identifying the pictures of the art piece
attached to this e-mail. The antique dealer I bought it from PROMISED
me it was Blenko, but I can not find it in any catalogs. It has the
characteristics of a Blenko piece, but I just don't know for sure. It
stands 12 inches high and has about a 25 inch circumfrance. It is
quite heavy, has air bubbles throughout, but has a rather smooth
pontil. I want to give it to a collector for a wedding gift next
weekend, but don't want to make a big mistake if it's not Blenko.
Please help! Thank you ever so much!
Hillary, Since several of your blog readers wanted.to know when I list items on eBay. I am attaching a link:
Vintage Blenko Glass 384-H Water Bottle http://tinyurl.com/mkauqko
Blenko Design #8310M - Sapphire by Designer Don Shepherd
Tim, We have a good number of people asking for Pineapple, Watermelon, Kaufman Dept Store Series, any Artist Proof and of course WV B-Day and Charisma.
* All the photos in this post are from ebay listing of the items. They do not belong to blenko project. V
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
When: Friday September 27, 2013, 6:00pm–11:00pm
Location: American Eagle Outfitters
JOIN US FOR HOT FUN & COOL COMPANY
Once again American Eagle Outfitters will be our playground for a fun-filled fundraising celebration and auction to benefit Pittsburgh Glass Center on Friday September 27, 2013.
We’ll be celebrating the playful spirit with Nancy Callan, our honorary guest glass artist, and event co-chairs Susan and Scott Portnoy.
“I try to balance the fluidity of hot glass with the sense of wonder and fun I felt the first time I gathered from the furnace. I believe play is essential not only for the artist but for everyone. When we daydream or play games, we return to our childlike state of mind, where we are free to explore and imagine. This simple joy is a counterweight to our busy lives and is central to my artistic practice,” Nancy said.
Her upbeat attitude is balanced by her serious love of glass and her mastery of traditional Venetian techniques that she learned working with Lino Tagliapietra for 16 years. Both are evident in the “Mandolin Cloud” that she graciously donated to the auction this year.
You will enjoy the 13-minute Youtube video below, of Nancy Callan giving a TEDxEast talk.
At 4:03 Nancy says: “There’s no shortcuts in glassblowing, you have to pay your dues and work really hard.”
And at 10:03 Nancy says: “There’s much heartache in glassblowing, I am constantly humbled.”
Over 100 pieces of one-of-a-kind artwork created locally and around the world,
will be auctioned off on September 27, 2013 to benefit Pittsburgh Glass Center.
A few are shown below.
From Blog friend Tony Patti
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Maggie , We are going to suggest you go to www.blenkoproject.org for a complete listing - the only on line complete set of catalogs for Blenko Glass. There you may search for your decanter. If after searching you don't find anything similar please
write to us, and we'll continue the search.
Dr V uploaded the entire Blenko Catalog collection - he spent many hours ( along with other volunteers) collecting, borrowing, then scanning the catalogs to allow collectors to do an online search.
We hope you find the www.blenkoproject.org website and the extensive catalogs to be benefical.
I recently found a beautiful "amber" colored decanter at a garage sale and believe it to be an original Blenko piece. I reached out to firstname.lastname@example.org and they could not be sure on the identification. They suggested I reach out to you for confirmation.
I searched your catalogs and maybe missed it but didn't seem to see the piece I have.
Please let me know if you believe this is an original and what date it is from and who was the artist.
Monday, September 09, 2013
I was reading the blog and saw where someone asked about a special series made
for the Kaufman store. I don't know if this is the same but I have one other
piece of this same design which is a larger version of the vase on the left with
undulating sides and thread wrapped around the body. There is only one other
design of this same style I have seen which was an even taller vase which I lost
the bid on several years ago and it ended up in the hands of a large collector
in Arlington Texas. Maybe you can post and I will finally get the confirmation
on the store this special run was produced for. Both pieces are signed by
Saturday, September 07, 2013
|Blenko Charisma -|
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
From Blog Friend Toni P
MIT's most popular class isn't what you think
Deep underneath MIT there lies a subterranean laboratory, one which lay moldering and forgotten for years. These days, however, it is a place of wondrous sights and sounds — and one that plays host to MIT's most over-subscribed class.
The lab in question is known as the MIT Glass Lab. And the course in question is glass blowing. Students from all across the institute, regardless of their field of study, are able to sign up for the course. And though there is no credit offered for taking glass blowing at MIT, the introductory class is so popular that students must participate in a lottery to take the course.
Over the years, students from every focus on offer at MIT have taken glass blowing, each of them bringing a bit of their own field into the lab with them. A couple of years ago, for example, a music major who was taking part in the glass-blowing class wondered what might happen if a glass band were to be formed, utilizing creations made in the glass lab. This year, with all manner of glass implements in hand, that band materialized. To see and hear some of their creations, as well as plenty of other works made in the MIT glass lab, check out the
Monday, September 02, 2013
Well you know how much I love finding mislists on Ebay. I had a good month in
June picking up these three fine examples of Blenko. From the left you have a
Husted design Blenko #6030S in the "61 Charcoal Crackle, Myers designed Blenko
#6726 in Lemon with a reeded handle, and Myers designed Blenko #6619 in Olive
Green Crackle. These helped to fill several gaps in the collection.
Hope you enjoy,
Sunday, September 01, 2013
This September as part of a National Blood Cancer Awareness Month campaign, the Lymphoma Research Foundation will host a variety of national and local events intended to educate the public about the blood cancers and to help raise funds for lymphoma research
. ForYou can help raise awareness about lymphoma during Blood Cancer Awareness Month by sharing your lymphoma story or posting encouraging words on LRF’s Facebook page. You can also upload a custom Light it Red for Lymphoma cover photo to your Facebook page and share the Foundation’s daily facts about lymphoma with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers.
the third consecutive year, buildings and iconic landmarks around the world will LIGHT IT RED FOR LYMPHOMA.
LRF National Headquarters
115 Broadway, Suite 1301 | New York, NY 10006
212-349-2910 | LRF@lymphoma.org
This post is not Blenko related. However, it is Blenko Project related. In the last seven years, we have experienced the loss of six Blenko Project supporters to cancer. Another 7 currently are fighting some form of cancer.
Its time - no its past time for a CURE!
Please support the American Cancer Society . This year walk or run for the Cure.
Lymphoma Research Foundation provides current info on blood cancer treatments.