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.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Blenko Floor Vase- Don Shepard: FOR SALE

I am attaching photos of a Don Shepard floor vase I found. I would be interested in more information about the vase. Also I am interested in selling the vase. It stands 21 1/2 inches tall and 8 inches in diameter across the bottom. It is in great condition with no chips, cracks or signs of wear.
Thank you for your consideration,

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Myers Textured Vases

Hi Hillary,

Another photo from the weekend is of two of my personal favorites.
A nice pair of Blenko 6731's in Plum and Honey. These were designed by Joel
Myers and have a wonderful swirl texture to them. The vases are a pointed
elliptical shape with cut and polished top rim.
Hope you enjoy,
Bruce S.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Husted Tangerine pitchers and tumbler

Hi Hillary,

Just wanted to forward some new photos that I shot this past weekend with
Kayla's new camera.
From the Left is a Blenko #6032 , Blenko #617, and Blenko #6033. All were
designed by Wayne Husted and are in Blenko's wonderful Tangerine.
Hope you and the blog folks enjoy,
Bruce S

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Blenko WaterBottle Crystal - Perfect Gift for Your Holiday Hostess

The Blenko Water Bottle with diamond optic cuts.
Blenko is always adding new colors, new sizes, variations of the 384 water bottle.
A good number of new collectors start with the water bottle or carafe.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Blenko Cowboy Hat # 8443M

8433M Cowboy Hat
7 1/2" Tall, 16" Diameter
blenko cowboy hat  - medium size.
In years past Blenko has made this hat in a wide array of colors and combinations of colors.
Current it is offered in crystal and topaz.  The cost is $160 plus shipping. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


It's no secret - I admire and collect Blenko Angels.  My favorite Angels were made by retired Blenko Glass Foreman Les Womack.  For many years Les has returned to Blenko for 2-4 weeks to assist with making Angels and other Holiday Ornaments.   Each year I speak of how important an Angel ( a Blenko Angel) can be - the angel is a perfect gift in times of joy and sorrow.   Blog Reader Makita sent me the following info about Angels in other faiths.  Since she stated she was Bahai I am including what she sent about the role of Angel in the Bahai Faith.  hjh
Blenko Angels

Bahá'í Faith

In his Book of Certitude Bahá’u’lláh, founder of the Bahá’í Faith, describes angels as people who "have consumed, with the fire of the love of God, all human traits and limitations", and have "clothed themselves" with angelic attributes and have become "endowed with the attributes of the spiritual". 'Abdu’l-Bahá describes angels as the "confirmations of God and His celestial powers" and as "blessed beings who have severed all ties with this nether world" and "been released from the chains of self", and "revealers of God’s abounding grace". The Bahá’í writings also refer to the Concourse on High, an angelic host, and the Maid of Heaven of Bahá’u’lláh's vision.

Sunday, November 17, 2013


Blenko Plaque

11 1/2" Long
Blenko plague 

This is something every collector of Blenko Glass would enjoying receiving as a gift.
Its available in several colors.
The price is very low.

Or perhaps as a new collector,  you'd like the plague for use with your new finds.
Blenko Glass hand crafted in West Virginia. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Blenko Glass Christmas Ornaments - Series of 3

2013 Ornament Set
Approximately 3" in Dia.
Set of 3 ornaments with velour keepsake bags
Available As Shown
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For several years Blenko has created a series of 3 ornaments - small disc - we use them on packages attached to rib for family members.   The cost is under $45 - for the series of 3.

If you don't collect this series you'll want to purchase one or two sets - divide them and use as stocking stuffers - or wrapped individually for those times when you suddenly need a small gift.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Brrr - Only a Blenko Glass Snowman Can Bring A Smile on this cold day!

Approx. 5" Tall
Available in Cobalt and Clover.
Blenko Glass Company has made Snowmen for a decade or more.
We own a dozen,  a couple were made by Shorty Finley,  a couple were made when Dave Osburn was the Foreman, and the last two were made during Randy Rider's tenure.   The rumor is the snowman began as a gift from one blower to another.  The men made these items during down time - or on the midnight shift - often using end of day glass.  The snowman would eventually work his way to the Blenko Glass line.   Now snowmen, angels, trees, ornaments are all available year round at Blenko Glass.   If  the opportunity presents - have your snowmen signed by Mr. Blenko or one of the glass craftsmen.   Keeping a history of your glass items,  who made them, when you purchased , and where, will allow you to view the glass and  fondly remember the time or the occasion. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

This photo from K. J.  taken at Blenko Glass on 11/1

For those readers who continue to ask :" what's available 'right now' at the Blenko Glass Visitors Center -  KJ was kind enough to send photos.
Note:  The inventory at the Visitors Center changes daily -  there is no guarantee what you see in this photo will be available at the VC.

All  Blenko Glass from the 2013-14 catalog is available by phone or email order .  Contact Blenko glass via the web site or phone 304 743 9081.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree !

Small Tree
9" Tall
Available in Regular or Frosted Finish
Note:  These ( large and small) trees come in 7 colors and the option of frosted or not frosted glass.
Small is $80  Large is a bit more expensive. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Blenko Glass - Limited Edition 2013

Limited Edition Cobalt Swirl Ruffle Bowl
Numbered 41-65
5.5" High 14" Diameter
Dark blue swirls with white accents bring this beautiful bowl to life.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Blenko Glass Company - Milton, WVa.

Are you searching for the perfect Christmas Gift?   Check out Blenko Glass Company of Milton, WVa.   Where you can purchase one of several limited edition  items.  At Blenko a limited edition is just that - limited to a small number - we don't do thousands or even hundreds in a limited edition.
   When you purchase Blenko for a friend or loved one,  you are buying handcrafted, made in the USA unique glass art.

Limited Edition Yellow Swirl Pitcher
Numbered 1-25-Online
9" High 

Bright yellow and white colors swirl through this pitcher to give it a unique marbleized effect. This is the first issue of a 3-color series.  When new colors are available,  we'll post them here.
Also check out www.blenkoglass.com for on line purchases of Blenko Glass. 

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Celebrate Christmas With Holiday Items from Blenko Glass

Looking for something special to add for Christmas 2013?  Blenko Glass has the answer.  Several options -  This Christmas Tree in large and small, and many other items - we'll be posting about them in the next week or so.   Visit www.blenkoglass.com to view the Christmas Trees .  You'll be surprised to learn they are available in a wide variety of colors. 

Large Tree
13-14" Tall
Available in Regular and Frosted Finish
**There is a notch in the base of this piece to allow a strand of lights to be placed inside.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Blenko Glass - Limited Edition

Limited Edition Classic Fade Vase
Numbered 1-25-Online
9.5" High 
Spring Green fading into cobalt highlight this beautiful swirl optic two handled vase.
Limit One Per Person.

  • Item #: Classic Fade Vase

Friday, November 01, 2013

Blenko - To Celebrate

The Blenko water bottle  -  Blenko Glass Carafe -  engrave it for a special occasion,  gift it filled with flowers, or your favorite beverage.  Blenko water bottle - the longest running item in the Blenko Glass Factory line. 

Blenko Glass Carafe
Earn a FREE GIFT card when you spend at least $200 with code HCGIFT. Click for details
Then: Founded in 1893 in West Virginia, Blenko Glass is known for exquisite color and imaginative design—including the popular collectible fish we offered in early catalogs.
Exclusively ours. Engraved on the base to commemorate our 40th anniversary, this classic Blenko Glass carafe is handmade in Milton, West Virginia. An American institution, Blenko was founded in 1893.
  • Holds 36 ounces, making it a great way to serve beverages at the table, but we also like it as a vase.
  • Hand wash.
  • Etching on the base reads, "Horchow 40th Anniversary."
  • 5.5"W x 2.5"D x 7.75"T.