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.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Blenko Myers decanters

HI Doc,
I am always on the lookout for Myers pieces and especially if they are Honey, Shelley's favorite color, or Peacock, my favorite. These two found their way to Vashti recently and they are just as beautiful as I expected they would be in person. On the left is the Myers designed Blenko #6516 and on the right a Blenko #6530-L optic decanter  with flame stopper. I especially enjoy the older 6516 decanters with the taller stoppers as this piece has.The 6530-L is the first large decanter in this design I have found but I believe that Shelley has the same in Honey for me as a Christmas gift. Can't wait to see the other and get the two together. Will share in the near future.

Hope you enjoy,

Bruce Specht

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Blenko weekend finds along the way

HI Hillary,

The same weekend we left the painting behind we did bring home a floorboard full of Blenko from West Texas where we were visiting Kayla at her new college home WTAMU in Canyon Texas.The group below covers more than five designers and over fifty years of Blenko designs from the Pre-designer vases on the left to the tall Don Shepherd designed Blue topped Mountain vase in Crystal in the back. You have a Husted designed Amberina decanter and Nickerson Crystal canister with a nice Anderson designed Blenko fish in front with a modern design of the older pinched vase bringing up the rear on the right. All but two of these were under twenty dollars with the fish costing me only six that day. As we like to say here in Vashti, the fishing was gooood!

Hope you enjoy,

Bruce Specht

Friday, December 26, 2014

Blenko Old Williamsburg Reproduction pitcher and glasses

HI Hillary,
I stumbled upon this wonderful set of Blenko Colonial Williamsburg reproduction glasses and pitcher on Ebay recently and quickly picked them up. There are actually ten glasses that came in the set but the photo looks better with just the five glasses I chose to photograph. Wonderful Amethyst color with almost no flaws to all eleven pieces. The glasses are  Blenko CW-5W and matching pitcher.

Hope you and your readers enjoy,

Bruce Specht

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

2009 WV Birthday piece for sale.

2009 WV Birthday piece is up for sale on ebay. Mention blenko glass collectors group and you get additional 100 off. Listing below.

2009 West Virginia Day Birthday Piece
Titled: Aqua Luna
Designed by: Arlon Bayliss
Signed and Numbered: #79/146 Arlon Bayliss and Walter Blenko signatures appear on the bottom
Other Markings:Blenko sandblasted mark with the date "2009".The piece retains its original Blenko Handcraft hangtag with silver cord as originally taped to the piece and it also retains its original Mylar Blenko sticker.
Also Included:The original postcard handed out at the door by Miss West Virginia 2009 Jessi Pierson. Who happens to be from right there in Milton, WV where Blenko is located.The postcard is signed by Jessi and by Walter Blenko along with being numbered to correspond with the actual piece.
Description:Blenko and Arlon described the piece as "inspired by the states many lakes and rivers, and suggesting a rising moon over rippling waters"Color:Seabreeze with Crystal Stopper
Condition:Excellent!!! See box above in the listing for additional detail.Measurements:16" high and quite impressive in overall scale and weight.The stopper is solid glass.
ShippingItem will be Well PackagedShipped Via FedEx Ground or Home Delivery

Saturday, December 20, 2014




Come in and check out our great selection of items for that last minute special gift. Check out our selection of items discounted 15-25% off regular price. 

Merry Christmas from all the employees and staff of Blenko Glass. We hope you can pay us a visit soon. 

Gift Shop Hours:
Saturday 9-5
Sunday Noon-5
Mon- Tues 8-5
Christmas Eve 8-1
Closed Christmas Day
Friday 8-5

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Last Minute Gift Sale at Blenko VC: Starts 12/18.

Update from Blenko

Last Minute Gift Sale
Blenko Glass Visitor's Center

Starts tomorrow, December 18

Come in and visit us for that perfect, unique gift that everyone is sure to love. Along with our traditional holiday items, including snowmen we have some items that have been discounted especially for this last minute sale.

On Saturday, December 20 from 11:00am-2:00pm all purchases will receive an extra 15% discount. (no additional coupons accepted during this special discount)

Gift Shop Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday Noon-5:00pm

The gift shop will be closing at 1:00pm on Christmas Eve and will be
closed on Christmas Day. They will reopen Friday, December 26 at 8:00am.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


From the Blenko Glass 2014 Catalog. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Blenko swirl medalion Husted vases

Next up is a nice couple of Husted designed crackle vases that I really enjoy.
The smaller version with the Tangerine swirls has been an early piece in my
collection with it's larger brother just arriveing in the past week. First time
I have seen this piece and I was glad to finally have this example. These are
Blenko #622L with Turquoise medallions and a Blenko 622M with Tangerine
medallions. The Tangerine is my favorite because the color makes the medallions
look like unopened roses.
Hope you enjoy,
Bruce S

Friday, December 12, 2014

Blenko Holiday Sale

Update from blenko glass company:

Check out our online store at Blenko.com to see a large selection of items in selected colors discounted from 15-25%. All of these items are in stock and available for immediate shipment.
The pictures included are a small sampling of the items available. http://shop.blenko.com/

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blenko Husted Turquoise Decanters

I am sending along some photos that show the beauty of Blenko Turquoise
A nice grouping of Husted designed flame stoppered
decanters from the sixties. Starting from the left is a Blenko #6310,  Blenko
#6122-S crackle finish, Blenko #6212, Blenko #627-S crackle finish, and Blenko
#627-L flame stoppered decanters. 
Hope you enjoy,
Bruce S

Monday, December 08, 2014

PURPLE MOON - Charleston, WVa Holiday Open House

Cool Yule Holiday Open House & Sale
Saturday, December 6th - 10am - 6pm
10% to 40% OFF!
Join us on Saturday, December 6th for this very special Holiday open house and sale. Exceptional savings on everything in the shop from vintage glassware and art to new upholstered home furnishings.
Come downtown to enjoy the Christmas Parade Saturday morning then stop in for a refreshment and to look for that very special holiday gift and register for door prizes.
I apologize for the delay in posting this notice.  
If you plan to gift BLENKO GLASS  - unique Blenko Glass or other Modern Items / vintage.  The Purple Moon is the key to your successful shopping.
Purple Moon  is owned by a dynamic couple who collect Blenko and are more knowledgeable of Blenko than 90% of the people who sell glass.
Especially is you are a new collector  - check out Purple Moon in Charleston, W.Va.
Always the shop is filled with unique one of a kind items .

Glass Karma: Garage sale find

Wanted to share this beautiful piece, found in South Florida at a garage sale 
for $15.00. This ice bucket container measures 10 inches high. Hoping to own 
every piece from the 1977 Blue Top Mountain collection. Wish me luck!


Saturday, December 06, 2014

Blenko Nickerson pitchers

Blenko Nickerson pitchers

Just wanted to send along some photos that I have made over the past several
weeks. I will start with this one of a pair of Nickerson designed pitchers. On
the left is the Blenko #729 in Emerald green with it's sister pitcher a Blenko
#727 in Wheat. Both are in Blenko's wonderful crackle.
Hope you enjoy,
Bruce S

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Jug Challenge" from Blog Friend Bruce S

"Jug Challenge" from Blog Friend Bruce S
I have several of Blenko #443 Predesigner jugs and
wanted to take photos of each with some pieces that complemented them. This is
the first of that series. On the left is a Myers designed Blenko #6523 ball
stoppered decanter and on the right a Nickerson designed Blenko #7315 pitcher.
Three timeless designs that come together nicely.

Keep posted for more beautiful Blenko Jug Photography from Bruce!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Share your blenko story

Many of you attended blenko's open house and holiday sale. We would love to hear about it from you. Please share your blenko story with us. You may email us at theblenkoproject@aol.com

Monday, December 01, 2014

Reminder: Online sale begins at 12 noon EST, 9am PST.

Update from blenko: 

Just a reminder our Limited Edition pieces go on sale today at 12 noon EST, 9am PST. Shop.blenko.com
There are 30 each of the Holiday Garland Bowl and Vase and 25 of the Guardian angel available to order
Today is also your last chance to take advantage of the 15% discount and reduced pricing in our online store. 
(Not valid on ltd edition items)
This discount ends at midnight.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Last of the Jug Challenge from Bruce S

Last of the Jug Challenge
This is the last of my "Jug Challenge " photos and is the most recent addition.
I had the Sea Green Blenko #443 and recently acquired the Husted designed Blenko
#5424 handled jug as a mislist. I especially enjoy the transparency of these
Thanks again to Bruce S for the wonderful photographs

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, and don't forget Blenko's Holiday Sale & Open House Nov.28-30

More details at www.shop.blenko.com

Check out our gift shop deals and discounts! Selected items in the gift shop will be discounted throughout this event. All items priced as marked.

Live Radio Remote- Nov. 28th 

B 97.1 classic hits live radio remote 10am-Noon 
15% off your entire purchase during the live remote only! Excludes limited edition Items, no additional coupons or discounts.

Signing Event with Vice President Andy Blenko! 

Friday, Nov 28th 8am- 11am , 1pm- 3pmSaturday, Nov. 29th 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm

2014 Limited Edition Pieces

* Holiday Garland Bowl and Vase 
Limited to 30 numbered pieces of each in the gift shop. Each pieces is etched on the bottom "Holiday 2014" Designed by Arlon Bayliss.The Artist states, "Draped generously with expressive trails of festive color "Holiday Garlands" celebrate the season and look lovely together or solo!" *Bowl 7" high $50.00 *Vase 9 1/2 high $55.00                                        

* Guardian Angel 
Limited to 50 numbered pieces in the gift shop. The colors peacock blue, green and white swirl through this lovely angel. Each piece is signed by retired Master Craftsman Les Womack. *5 1/2" high $57.00 Each

Our Limited Edition items will be available for purchase for our customers who can't visit our store in person. They will be available for purchase Monday, December 1st at 12 noon EST, 9am PST at www.shop.blenko.com

Holiday Classes

Limited Space Call 877-425-3656 to Register!

Friday, November 28th

Blown Christmas Ornament   $35.00 per person.
10am-Noon Ltd to 15 participants
work with our craftsman to make your very own keepsake Blenko ornament. available for pick up Thursday, December 4th in the gift shop!

Glass Painting & Tumbled Glass Mosaic
(Great for kids)
Ongoing class upstairs in the gift shop from 8:30am-2:00pm
pick from a selection of glass items and paint whatever you wish! $10.00 per item or your can pick 2 wood items and glue on Blenko tumbled glass nuggets to create a unique keepsake or gift! Two items for $10.00

Saturday, November 29th 

Blown Christmas Ornament   $35.00 per person.9:30am-11:30am Ltd to 15 participants
Work with our craftsman to make your very own keepsake Blenko ornament. available for pick up Thursday, December 4th in the gift shop!

Blown Ruffle Vase $65.00 per person.
9:30am-11:30am ltd to 15 participants
Pick your own colors and work with our craftsman to create a beautiful petite vase you are sure to treasure for many years to come!

Stained Glass Mosaic Plate $50.00 per person.9:30am-11:30am ltd to 8 participants
Select your glass and work with our artisan to create a beautiful glass design in a 12" plate that will be a wonderful addition to your home d├ęcor!

Glass Painting & Tumbled Glass Mosaic
(Great for kids)
Ongoing class upstairs in the gift shop from 9:00am-2:00pm
pick from a selection of glass items and paint whatever you wish! $10.00 per item or your can pick 2 wood items and glue on Blenko tumbled glass nuggets to create a unique keepsake or gift! Two items for $10.00

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Reminder: Blenko open house and sale, Nov 28-30

Update from Blenko

Annual Holiday Sale & Open House
November 28-30
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Blenko Gift Shop.
The staff has been busy decorating the gift shop and we will spend next week preparing to stock our special holiday items plus a large assortment of our beautiful glassware ranging from our best-selling water bottles, drinking glasses, vases, pitchers and much more.
Check out our insert on Sunday in this Huntington Herald Dispatch and Charleston newspapers.
Hope to see you this weekend!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday sale, Now through Dec 1.

Brand New Holiday Item

We now have three Special Edition Holiday inspired etched water bottles available for purchase in our online store. shop.blenko.com Click on Holiday Items

"Wreath" Available in clover
"Peace on Earth" available in cobalt
"Ornament" available in cobalt

These will be available to order for a limited time only. Order now and take advantage of our Holiday Madness 15% Discount offer while it lasts.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


We hope you can join us for our annual holiday sale. There will be classes, limited edition items, glass signings, tours, special discounts and much more.

Limited edition items will be available on Friday, November 28 at 8:00am in the gift shop. Cards will be handed out at the door. No advance orders or phone orders prior to November 28.

We will have our brand new holiday angel. This year we are debuting the "Guardian" Angel. The colors of bright blue, green and white swirl through the body of this beautiful piece. Limited to 50 numbered pieces available in the gift shop. Each piece will be signed
by retired Master Craftsman Les Womack.

We have two pieces designed by Arlon Bayliss. "Holiday Garlands"
These pieces are "draped generously with expressive trails of festive color. "Holiday Garlands" celebrate the season and look lovely together or solo!" Each piece will be numbered. Limited to 30 pieces of each style available in the gift shop.

(For our customers who can't visit us in person, these items will
be available to order online on Monday, December 1 at 12 noon EST,
9am PST. There will be 30 each available of the "Holiday Garlands"
items and 25 of the "Guardian Angel".

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blenko Glass: Holiday Sale and Open House November 28-30, 2014.

Here is a complete listing of the classes we will be offering during our Holiday Sale and Open House November 28-30, 2014.

Friday, November 28

*Blown Christmas Ornament
$35.00 per person, Limited to 15 participants

Work with our craftsmen to create your own unique
Christmas ornament you are sure to treasure for years to come.

*Glass Painting and Tumbled Glass Mosaic
Ongoing class upstairs in the gift shop 8:30am-2:00pm
Great for kids.
$10.00 Glass Painting 2 for $10.00 Tumbled Glass Mosaic

Saturday, November 29

Blown Christmas Ornament
$35.00 per person, Limited to 15 participants

*Blown Ruffle Vase
$65.00 per person, Limited to 15 participants

Create a beautiful mini, multi-colored vase . You will work with our craftsmen to help form the vase, including blowing the piece.

*Stained Glass Mosaic Plate
$50.00 per person, Limited to 8 participants

You will work with Blenko sheet glass to create a beautiful
design on a 14" wooden plate. Our artist will assist you in the
design and finishing of the piece.

*Glass Painting and Tumbled Glass Mosaic
Ongoing class upstairs in the gift shop 9:30am-2:00pm
Great for kids.
$10.00 Glass Painting 2 for $10.00 Tumbled Glass Mosaic

Call us Monday-Friday at 877-425-3656 from 8am-2:00pm to sign up. Class must be secured with a credit card.

We hope you can join us for this event. We love to talk to our
customers and participants and show them a little bit of what we do on a daily basis. When you make your own piece of glass you are making a little bit of history. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014



You can now order the new "Bubble" Snowman that we introduced at the gift shop a couple months ago. We are now producing these in anticipation of the holiday season. Order on our online store at www.blenko.com. Click on the online store and then click on Holiday Items. The price is $52.00 each plus freight.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kissin Kates

Kissin Kate's,  one of our favorite vintage and after market Blenko Glass sellers sent photos of glass in their shop.
This is a wonderful way to start your Xmas shopping!
Below is a photo from the 1st Floor of the South Charleston Antique Mall. They brought in 20 new pieces for the Christmas season.
If you need additional info - email  theblenkoproject@aol.com or contact the owners Tim and Linda ( aka Kissin' Kate's Antiques) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kissin-Kates-Antiques/719760098108000

Friday, November 14, 2014

Keith Lahti Pottery Show November 15 & 16 Reminder

Remember the Keith Lahti Pottery Show is Today and Tomorrow,  November 15 & 16

Make a weekend excursion and plan to visit McColley Studio in nearby Chloe to see the work of  Connie McColley (jewelry), Lynn Gundry (stained glass) and Margie Mills (fiber), Karen Shreve (jewelry) and Kathy Russell (handmade truffles)

Info at 304 655-7429

Or Visit http://www.handmadecremationurns.com/

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. We need your help!

See a mistake in the daily post?   If you do please notify us.
Both Vivek and I have full time jobs, and many other commitments.
Many times the post are written early am or late pm.

If we mislabel an item.  State something that you know to be in error or questionable, let us know.

We have a large number of new collectors - who rely on the blog as factual.

Please help us provide factual and accurate information.
If you have information about a Blenko event, or other American Glass event, or collectors group you wish to share - send the info to:  theblenkoproject@aol.com.
We welcome your high definition, clear photos - please appropriately label your photos.

Thank You
Hillary and Vivek 

Blenko Glass Company - Milton, WVa.

NO!  These are not Williamsburg designs or even Blenko Glass.
This is the work of Vivek,  an post doc scholar at Penn State University who like most of us loves glass.
Vivek has taken his love of glass to the next level,  he now attends a glass making workshop and also goes weekly with a glass partner to try new things.
Several years ago my Dad and I did the full day at Blenko Glass attempting to make glass - the two of us made ( with a great deal of help from Randy Rider) three pieces.
From this experience I became more aware of the skill each member of the team needs - and I realized whatever the cost...the handcrafted excellent products from Blenko are worth what ever the asking price.
Glass is a difficult medium.   My admiration of glassworkers is a big part of why we do the Blog.
Blenko Glass is unique.   It is made in West Virginia,  it is made by family men - men who hunt, fish, coach soft ball, bowl.  Men who are involved in our communities.  .
When you support ( by buying new glass) Blenko Glass you enrich our community and our State.
Be proud to gift Made In West Virginia items and most especially Blenko Glass.
    If like Vivek,  you want to make glass -   Blenko offers courses each year,  Check out the www.blenkoglass.com website.
     Thank you for reading.  Thank you for your comments and even your criticism.  Both Vivek and I work full time.  The blog and the website are all volunteer activities. 
Should you have time to volunteer we welcome you.

#### Update from Vivek ####

Here is photo of progression of wine glasses. It took 4 weeks, 1.5 hours a week as gaffer to get to this stage. The first 3 are from week 2 and 3, and last one is from week 4. If you like to improve your glass skills, you should take/register for classes as often as possible.

Week 1, made nothing, goblet cracked and feet kept falling.
Week 2, made the ones where foot fell off.
Week 3, shortened the stem, and got heat/flash right for the foot.
Week 4, the wine glass with longer stem.

I will start stretching stem more, and make glass bigger in up coming weeks.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day Discounts at Blenko Glass Company

From blenko glass company:

Veteran's Day Discounts


Tuesday, November 11
Blenko Gift Shop 
Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm

All Orchid, Amethyst and Spring Green items 15% off regular price. All items priced as marked

Already reduced pumpkin inventory is an additional 15% off. Discount will be given at register.

Stop by and visit us if you are in the area. Glassblowing demonstrations will be 8:00am-noon, 12:30pm-3:15pm