Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Saturday, March 01, 2014

A Blenko decanter question.

Can you help this reader?

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.


Unknown said...

I would love to see photos of the vases you designed. How great to have Blenko glassblowers create your designs!

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Anonymous said...

Will this young person please write again, I love the oral histories of Blenko.
Hilery you must contact him immediately for your project.
Margie Hale

queenofthespouse@gmail.com said...

This piece is an extremely rare piece. Even though i see two on eBay, it does not show often. From checking my sources, i would say this color is NILE, an extremely rare color. The pic seems to have a bit more green than the usual Nile, but that could be the lighting. I think Blenko only made this one year and this is the only color they made in this green/blue tone in that year. I am an avid Blenko collector. This is a gorgeous piece. I have one in Persian, another rare color.

Anonymous said...

Can you post the letters and note people send to you?
We are missing out on a lot of oral history and local stories.
I for one like to hear about the workers past and present.
I now buy anything anyone tells me dave osburn or randy rider touched.
Georgia Mullins
North Myrtle Beach