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.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Ernie Downey - Glass Artist

Ernie Downey like most of the people who follow this blog,  LOVE Blenko Glass.
    Ernie takes this passion one step further,   he volunteers to photograph glass for Blenko, he teaches classes.   He is devoted to Blenko Glass.
    Ernie uses Blenko Glass in many of his projects -  we've featured his jewelry in the past.  We've mentioned owning several pieces for many years - this is not costume jewelry.  It is quality, handcrafted items - often using Blenko Glass.  
    You'll want to visit Ernie's webpages to learn more.
    I'm adding some photos of wind catchers/ chimes.
Ernie Downey wind chimes made of Blenko Glass. 

Currently  Ernie Downey's  Fused Glass Jewelry and Blenko Fused Photo Plates are sold at Blenko Glass in Milton, WV.


His  Fused Glass Jewelry  is also sold at Cornucopia in South Hills, Charleston, WV and at Mug and Pia in Hungtington,
If you are familiar with an artist who uses Blenko or WV Glass in their creations - drop us a note at theblenkoproject@aol.com.
Ernie Downey - Glass Artist 


Anonymous said...

are the wind chimes at Blenko Glass?
I do not recall seeing these.

Ernsglass said...

Windchimes are Blenko glass stips that are fused to create the shape, the glass with it's beautiful colors lends itself to positioning near a window, inside or out to enjoy the colors

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Anonymous said...

Thank you Ernie for the explanation.
I very much like what you do with blenko glass.
Have you considered using sterling? I like the jewelry but can't do base metal.

Anonymous said...

Excellent post, please return to these education post.
Gloria Dodd

Ernsglass said...

Ear ring wires are .925 sterling silver, bails are silver plated. If bails were sterling silver, price point would increat $10-$15 for ear rings and same for pendants. Have had NO issues with sterling silver plated bails.

Anonymous said...

When new products are made let us know!

penny said...

RE: Silver Plate
I have worn Ernie's ear rings for five years without issue.