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, March 30, 2014
Prices are reduced yet again. Reductions up to 80% off.
You'll want to shop now for Xmas and other Holiday Gift Giving.
Carolee reports she purchased $300 and plans to offer her new finds
Good Luck with your visit to the Annual Warehouse Sale.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Arlon Bayliss light installation for Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation.
Pharos Controlled Flexiflex LED lights and dichroic glass.
Between Infinite Stars" - Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
Friday, March 28, 2014
Prices are up to 75% off.
Readers have reported purchasing Artist Proof Blenko for $50 to $70.
Water bottles and vases for Under $20.
If you have photos from the warehouse sale, please share by sending to
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Many collectors agree his addition to the West Virginia Birthday Series - are among the 'best' of this series. Yearly devotee to the WV Birthday - Blenko series wait patiently to for Mr. Bayliss 's new design. Arlon Bayliss understands the Birthday Collectors - he knows we like W.Va. Glass but we expect something very special each year!
The Blenko Project often suggest to new Collectors think search only for the WV Birthday Vases made by Bayliss. This collection ( WVBD/ Blenko ) spans many decades and its difficult to acquire a full collection. Our last count was 8 complete sets ( including the one housed at WVU in Morgantown). If you own a complete set of WVBD/ Blenko please send an email to theblenkoproject at aol.com so we might register your completed set of WVBD/Blenko.
The Blenko Glass Warehouse Sale continues today and each day this week. If you haven't been to Blenko. Plan to go this week, the Warehouse Sale is like no other!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Arlon Bayliss studied at the Royal College of Art in London England. His public art projects include monumental outdoor works and large-scale indoor installations, and his gallery artwork is in collections and exhibitions worldwide.
He was a guest artist at Rosenthal Glass and Porcelain, Germany for more than 10 years, and is currently designer for Blenko Glass in West Virginia, USA. He taught glass in the UK for seven years at Stourbridge College and for more than 20 years as Professor of Art and Design at Anderson University, USA. He is a dedicated and accomplished educator, and an engaging public speaker.
We will be featuring Mr Bayliss's work in several upcoming posts.
This is the last week of the Annual Warehouse Sale. Daily prices are altered.
We have reports of Blenko Glass Water Bottles selling for $12 - $17
and many one of a kind " designers / Artist Proofs for under $70.
This is the time to stock your gift closet. Blenko Glass is never less expensive than during the WAREHOUSE SALE.
Phone Blenko Glass Company www.blenkoglass.com for date and time.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
We are currently working on request from Dec 2013.
If you don't mind waiting, continue to send your request with photos and measurements to firstname.lastname@example.org. We request you use the catalogs and other resource materials
located on the www.blenkoproject.org, the Blenko Collectors Four web site and the Blenko Museum website prior to submitting request.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Another one of the designs that I particularly enjoy are these Predesigner
Blenko #438 large Handled Urns (11") in Sky Blue, Crystal, and Amethyst. These
three large urns I was lucky enough to find mis-listed as well. The Crystal one
just arrived a couple months ago and sits behind my desk on my credenza. My
admiration of Blenko Crystal grows with every new piece I add to the collection.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I would recommend EBAY. Many Blenko Glass Collectors also collect " throwaway" piece of paper (ephemera).
Hope this helps.
Monday, March 17, 2014
We'll post information about the sale, as we receive - from either Blenko Glass or fellow collectors.
Enjoy this great opportunity to purchase Blenko at rock bottom prices.
*taken from blenko glass company's facebook page.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
take whatever you have.
If you own this item, or know of a similar item in need of a good home, please email
theblenkoproject at aol.com with your contact info, a photo of the item, and your asking price.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
JOIN US FOR A VERY SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT
Glass inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be created by Embeya‘s Danielle Pizzutillo and Chef Thai Dang (2013 Jean Banchet Rising Chef Award winner). Embeya was recently named the Best New Restaurant of the Year by Esquire Magazine and Best Restaurant Design at the 2013 Jean Banchet Awards.
HOTEL RESERVATIONS - DEADLINE EXTENDED
Reserve your room today to get this discounted price!
We highly encourage all attendees to stay at the Palmer House Hotel:
- Site of many conference events - Opening Ceremonies, lectures, panels, Technical Display, Live & Silent Auction, International Student Exhibition and much more
- Unique hotel with top notch amenities
- Historic treasures such as the famous lobby ceiling fresco by French painter Louis Pierre Rigal
- Centrally located downtown
Monday, March 10, 2014
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Check out www.blenkoglass.com or www.blenkoproject.org to learn more about Blenko Glass and also the warehouse sale.
Friday, March 07, 2014
This is a photo of the 1968 Blenko Catalog - a page of paperweights.
We would also recommend visiting the American Glass Museum - WV Glass Museum in Weston, WVa. This museum has a large display of American Paperweights.
Locally ( WVa) both Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com and Ron Hinkle Glass www.ronhinkle.com make quality paperweights.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Excellent conference with opportunity to purchase gas at an auction and many opportunities for networking with this small glass community. hjh
Strengthening Community, Collaboration, Forging New Bonds • March 19 - 22, 2014
Register by March 8th to get the lower pre-registration rate.
Pre-registration closes March 8th. On-site registration will open at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel March 19th.
We are looking forward to yet another spectacular event where attendees can watch, learn and connect with fellow members of the glass community. This year's schedule is chock-full of stimulating presentations featuring well-known artists and professionals from around the world, such as James Carpenter, Dan Dailey, Theaster Gates, Dante Marioni & Preston Singletary, Albert Paley, James Yood and many more (click here for a complete list of 2014 presenters).
GAS will also 2014 Conference logobe hosting these special conference events:
•Day of Glass
•Live & Silent Auction
•International Student Exhibition
•Closing Night Party
Register by March 8, 2014 for lower rates! For more information, visit www.glassart.org/2014_Conference_Chicago_IL.html
TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR MARCH 18-23, visit https://resweb.passkey.com/go/GAS2014.
CHECKING IN MARCH 15-18 OR STAYING PAST MARCH 23RD: Call the Palmer House reservations department directly at 1-877-865-5321 and reference the Glass Art Society Conference.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Hi Dr .Homburg, I would just like to start by saying thank you for putting together such an amazing site about Blenko glass.
I was born in Columbus Ohio and also attended OSU and grew up with several larger size pieces of Blenko in the house. Dad was quite the patron of the arts and had a great eye for design.
Then while attending OSU for fine art in 1981 they made an announcement that several of the glass blowers from Blenko in Milton would be coming up to demonstrate their skill and that they would even be producing shapes that we drew. So I was there.......... and they made two of vases that I designed, which I still have.
Years later starting in 1994 after moving to Chicago and renting an apartment big enough to collect things I began buying Blenko decanters, no Ebay then just strictly flea markets, antique stores, junk shops and most of my pieces were purchased for almost nothing. Nobody cared about it....it was just junk to them........... cut to today and the pieces that I still want I can no longer afford since Ebay has taken the joy out of the fun of searching and collecting.
But I still keep my eyes peeled no matter where I go! Hoping for that one undiscovered treasure.
I just got back last night from a two week work trip down in Florida and on my one half day off I discovered this piece and thought you might enjoy seeing it. On another site I saw it in Yellow and it said 1959 #5912.
My question to you is if you know what other colors it came in or what this color is called, its somewhat more teal in real life? I am not able to enlarge the photos on your site to be able to see the writing.
Thanks for any information you may be able to provide.