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.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
A Blenko decanter question.
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.