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, April 29, 2014

Blenko Glass. Blenko Colors

Dear Blenko Project:
My question is about Blenko Colors?  How do I identify the color?  Also how many colors does the water bottle come in?  My goal is collect all these.  Kimberly Webb  Mt. Pleasant SC
Kimberly,  In most of the Blenko Catalogs there is a listing of the colors for that year.  Blenko frequently produces colors not listed.  They also frost items.  Identification of colors is difficult.  The Blenko Archive has a color page.  The Blenko Collectors - Four has an extensive list of colors with samples.  Neither of these sites include colors produced after 2012.   There is a blog called 364 Days of Blenko water bottles.  I would recommend becoming a reader of this blog.  The owner of the blog collects Blenko and like you, has a great interest in new and different water bottles.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Blenko Glass. Architectural Glass.

Architectural Glass. 

Hilery,   Does Blenko make any architectural size glass.  The big bottles I often see on ebay.
Nothing is pictured in the online catalog.
Deb Miller

Deb,   Arlon Bayliss was at Blenko recently for one entire week,  I can't wait to see what
wonderful new designs Bayliss and the talented Blenko Craftsmen will be offering this year.
    On a recent visit to the Blenko Glass Gift Shop we saw large bottles for sale.  If you don't live near enough to visit - phone Blenko Glass, they will take your charge card and mail the glass
to your home.
Photo of Architectural size bottles offered during the 2014 Annual Warehouse Sale. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Blenko Glass. Identification of Blenko Glass.

For  collectors who purchase after market Blenko Glass, there is always the question of Identification.   Is it Blenko?  Is it WV Glass or American Glass?  Or is it a glass object from Home Goods?   
Many times its easy to distinguish, the weight, the classic  look,  the pontail, the stamp Blenko Glass on the bottom, a signature?
Collectors new and old often turn to webpages to assist.   The Blenko Collectors - Four has a classic webpage with colors, and signatures.  This would be my first choice.  The Blenko Project www.blenkoproject.org has all available Blenko Glass Catalogs published on line to allow the new collectors to identify their glass.

What do you think...are these two items Blenko?
I'll be interested in your thoughts.  hjh  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blenko Glass. www.blenkoglass.com Sheet Glass

.Doc Glass,
Does Blenko make sheet glass?  I'm taking a stain glass class and would like to add Blenko Glass to the clear glass provided by my instructor?
Devan W.

Devan,   My suggestion is contact Blenko Glass using their webpage www.blenkoglass.com, and ask if they make sheet glass and what is the current price. HJH
Sheet Glass was offered during the Annual Blenko Glass Warehouse Sale ( 2014) see the above photo.  .



Monday, April 21, 2014

Upcoming Events for 2014 at Blenko Glass Company.

WV Birthday Celebration: June 21, 2014
Festival of Glass: August 1 & 2, 2014
Black Friday Sale: November 28, 2014

Mark your calendars, and come down to support Blenko Glass Company. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blenko Mini Waterbottles

We appreciate the Blenko Glass mini waterbottle.  We live in a condo 750sqft.  We downsized in 2009.  Most all of our Blenko is in storage.  With the new  Blenko mini waterbottles, we have room to display a collection ten, all unique in the kitchen window.  Thank Blenko for us,  this was a great idea.  Hillary, do you know who decided to make the mini?  That person should be given a giant raise.
S. Baldock

Susan,  Above is a photo of mini water bottles sold during the Blenko Glass warehouse sale.  Starting a new collection?  Consider attending the 2015 Blenko Glass warehouse sale.
Re:  Who decide to make the mini?  I dunno, we'll send a note to Blenko with this question.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Hillary,  This is a photo I cut from your blog.   I bought three 'look a likes' at the Warehouse Blenko Glass Sale for under $100 a piece.   My neighbor has a similar one she bought for $500 in 2007.
I felt good about my purchase.
Bob G. 

Readers,  If you missed the 2014 annual warehouse sale -  mark your 2015 calendar.  This sale improves yearly.  Amazing prices on unique Blenko and also the run of the mill Blenko.
We recommend doing your Xmas and other gift shopping in April at the Yearly Warehouse Sale.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Selection of Blenko Birthday Pieces Designed by Arlon Bayliss

Is your favorite Bayliss design above?
If so -why is it your fav?
If not - which one is, and why?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Blenko Glass Designer Created Note Cards

The Blenko Glass Water Bottle  www.blenkoglass.com   is an icon.   Paper Designer Diana Weber created these note Cards.

To learn more about Blenko Glass and collecting Blenko please view www.blenkoproject.org  The Blenko Project Website. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tuxes and Tails April 27th 2014

Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association’s


Annual Gala


Sunday, April 27, 2014
6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Clay Center Benedum Grand Lobby


Entertainment by The Production Company
Gourmet Buffet Dinner • Cash Bar • Silent Auction
– Cocktail Attire –

Tickets: $100 in advance, $125 at the door
(25% discount for KCHA members)
Phone: 304-342-1576

Tickets now on sale at our website:


and at the following locations:

Taylor Books
226 Capitol St, Charleston, WV 25301
Tony the Tailor
822 Virginia St E, Charleston, WV 25301
Picture Perfect Pets Grooming and Supplies
5402 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Charleston, WV 25304
Mission Savvy
202 Hale St, Charleston, WV 25301
The West Virginia Executive
8 Capitol Street, Suite 200, Charleston WV, 25301
KCHA office
1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV  25311

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blenko Variations

Some time ago, readers were asking for photos from the Blenko - Variations Series by Wayne Husted.
These 12 vases were sold by special order only -  four offerings each had three bottles.
At time of purchase they were appropriately $450 per the three plus postage.
The number sold is questionable.   Some research indicates there were 40 people who subscribed for the entire series.
Blenko also sold the 2nds at the Visitors Centers.   Wayne Husted also sold Artist Proofs and
some Artist Proofs for each of the 12.  
This series as with most of the unique and quality items sold by Blenko Glass  www.blenkoglass.com has increased in value .
If you own the Variations Series,  or have additional info - let us know and we'll add new information to the Blenko Project  www.blenkoproject.org. website.

Monday, April 07, 2014

"Birthday Vase" by Dan Hollis (Marshal University) wins first-place in Professional Electronic Media Awards and Exhibition.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - For the eighth year in a row and the 10th time in the past 11 years, Marshall University associate professor Dan Hollis received the first-place award in the Video News category during the Professional Electronic Media Awards and Exhibition. The recognition was at the National Broadcasting Society's national convention, which took place March 11-16 in Los Angeles.
Hollis received the award for his work as executive producer for "Birthday Vase," a behind-the-scenes look at Blenko Glass' creation of a special vase commemorating West Virginia's 150th birthday. He also presented a video about a Huntington Whiffle ball league.
"Obviously winning such recognition for the 10th time is an honor," Hollis said. "I hope it shows a record of sustained excellence, but I create these videos because I love telling stories."
Hollis said he uses the award-winning videos to demonstrate important concepts he wants to illustrate to his students.
"The real satisfaction is doing quality work that you can be proud of whether it's in or outside the classroom," Hollis said. "To win awards and receive recognition by others in your field is a bonus."
Hollis teaches in Marshall's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and is adviser to the student chapter of the National Broadcasting Society (NBS).
The videos, along with other Hollis creative television features, can be seen at youtube.com/user/danhollisvideo. For more information, contact Hollis at 304-696-2730.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

"You Design It; We Make It" at Corning Museum of Glass

Corning is having its "You Design It; We Make It"contest where glass artists will make designs sent by you. Below is information from CMOG's website.

"You Design It; We Make It"
You Design It; We Make It! brings the art of design and glassmaking alive for visitors of all ages.

Submit a drawing of something you’d like to see made in glass. It can be a fanciful shape, something inspired by the collection, or an idea you’ve always wanted to see realized. Tell us what inspired your design.
At select shows throughout the day, glassmakers at the Hot Glass Show or Flameworking Demo will choose a drawing that inspires them, and then make that piece in front of a live audience. The designer can watch his or her vision become reality.

If your piece is chosen and completed successfully, we will contact you so that you may keep it. Glass pieces must anneal overnight, so there may be a shipping charge.

You Design It; We Make It! is available during school breaks, and throughout the summer. We are sorry, but we cannot make designs of any kind of weapon.


Saturday, April 05, 2014

5 on friday: Dazzling blues. (1208 Bella Bocca Pitcher)

1208 Bella Bocca Pitcher was featured in March edition of Cooking Light.
RIPPLE EFFECT Handcrafted by the artisans at Blenko Glass Company in West Virginia, this pitcher is so gorgeous it could almost steal the show at dinner parties. $78, shop.blenko.com

1208 Bella Bocca is now available for sale at http://shop.blenko.com/1208-Bella-Bocca-Pitcher-1208.htm .