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, December 15, 2013

Arlon Bayliss' Bella Boca - Blenko Glass

Bella Boca is one of the most popular designs in the Blenko Glass line.   Bella Boca was created by Arlon Bayliss & Co.
Arlon does consulting and design work for Blenko he designed the 2006 line, and yearly designs the WVa Birthday Vase.
     A gift of Arlon Bayliss Bella Boca ( bowl, vase, pitcher) will be special, each item is handcrafted and no two are exactly alike.   Bella Boca is a timeless design. 

Arlon Bayliss Bio
Arlon Bayliss, professor of art, teaches ceramic courses as well as upper-division studio courses.
Bayliss's public art projects include outdoor sculptures such as AU's Helios and The Crystal Arch in Anderson, and large-scale installations such as Flight Wave, at the Indianapolis International Airport. Bayliss works collaboratively, involving colleagues, graduates, and students in the development, fabrication, and installation of his work.
Bayliss studied at the Royal College of Art in London. His artwork is included in collections and exhibitions worldwide. He has designed glass for companies in Germany and Italy, and is currently designing for Blenko Glass in the U.S.
Arlon Bayliss has been at Anderson University since 1990.
Selected Achievements
  • 2010:  Guest Speaker, Glass Art Society Annual Conference, Louisville, Ky.
  • 2008:  Completed Flight Wave: new Indianapolis International Airport
  • 2007:  Established Bayliss Design Team
  • 2007:  Design Director: Blenko Glass, W.Va.
  • 2001:  Completed The Crystal Arch Project Anderson, Ind.
    Arlon Bayliss & Co.  Bella Boca 


Anonymous said...

I too love this series.
We also love Bayliss
and wish blenko had some new bayliss designs.
Bella is more than five years old .
Can we expect to see new designs for 2014?
Donna L. Sparks

penny said...

Everyone all set to see another PBS / Blenko special.
I know I'll be recording it.
Question for you GlassDoc and also to other blog readers.
Wasn't Rick Blenko fired and one reason stated was the PBS which was considered frivolous ??
What goes around comes around, does it not?

Anonymous said...

Blenko now makes catalogs covering two years and the current catalog is for 2013-2014. So, if I had to guess, I would say that we will not see much new until 2015.

Anonymous said...

I doubt you will see anything not posted on Blenko Project 2013/2014. Which is a repeat of 2009.
On occasion shops are allowed to 'create' special items that are sold in limited numbers.
Not having a full or even 25% time designer brings with it limitations.
What do you think Hilery?

Anonymous said...

Who is the & CO?