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, May 31, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Just wanted to share another story from the road. I have had the Myers designed stoppered Barbers Bottle for several years but recently added the rolled edge variant after a trip into southern Oklahoma. There is a small shop that I have stopped at several times without any success over the past but keep trying hoping for some luck. The shop owner likes her gambling so it isn't often the shop is actually open when I pass through this small town but on this day I could see her lights were on. Shelley and I made our way through the various rooms and found several other items that we wanted and began to check out when I noticed a door in the back of the shop opened that had not been open on my other visits. After peeking in I found lots of other "stuff" to wade through and eventually found this bottle up on a shelf stuck with several other bottles. After retrieving it I stepped out and asked how much the owner wanted for the piece and she came up with the figure of $3.00. Just proves that persistence will pay off some times. The stoppered bottle is a Myers designed Blenko #6727 and the rolled edge piece is a variant of the Blenko #6612. Both of these are Tangerine.
Hope you enjoy,
Monday, May 26, 2014
As I mentioned several weeks ago in another photo of Rose' I had found another piece to pass on to Shelley for Mothers Day this year. The pitcher on the left is a Husted designed Blenko #6030-M in Rose' with it's smaller version the Blenko #6030-S in the '61 Charcoal. Hope you enjoy as much as Shelley does.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
A small grouping of Husted designed Blenko #5616-A vases. All three of these came from different stores across the state of Texas. The vase on the left is actually a "61 Charcoal piece but the photo has shifted it's color. It came from a shop outside of Austin, Texas. The Jonquil came from Azle, Texas and the Turquoise from Seymour, Texas. I had fun with the finding the turquoise piece in that it was in a shop in Shelley's mother hometown where she has been keeping an eye out for pieces since she knew I collected Blenko. She was hoping to surprise me when instead I walked in and surprised her.
Hope you and the blog enjoy,
Friday, May 23, 2014
A couple of Vineyard vases that are new to my collection. I have always wanted to add this Vineyard vase to my collection and was surprised to find myself in possession of two within a week. I first stumbled upon the "61 Charcoal piece pictured on the right in a shop in Weatherford, Texas. I had spent most of my time wandering through several shops and was getting a feeling that I was going to come up empty-handed again when I spotted this on a shelf. With the "Blenko" etched signature and pristine condition I was happy to have found this one. I came home later that night and found another as a "Buy It Now" on Ebay for the same low price and decided that the Jonquil would be a nice companion to the Charcoal example I now had. These are Husted designed Blenko #6046. I particularly enjoy the random top edge to the vases.
Hope you agree,
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
I just wanted to share what I gave Shelley for her birthday this April. First off I need to mention that Shelley LOVES pink! So I have made it one of my goals to find Rose' pieces for her. Luckily I have had quite a bit of luck with mis-lists on Ebay recently. So much so that she might even be receiving several pieces for Mothers Day next weekend. On the left is a footed compote Blenko #629S with a textured body Blenko #6223 vase. The York Peppermint Patties and Lilies were just icing on the proverbial cake.
Hope you and the blog enjoy as well,
Monday, May 19, 2014
A couple of pre-designer pieces that have found their way into the collection recently. I found the Amethyst Blenko #375 two handled vase in a antique store in Denton, Texas. What makes it unusual to me is that it is crackle. Before this I had only seen these in the optic bodies of which I have several nice examples in my collection. The other piece is a Ruby Blenko #488.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
I can't help but keep going back to photograph some of my Peacock pieces. I have always enjoyed the color and it still is one of my favorite. I recently had the chance to pick up the optic decanter body on the right for which I had a stopper in reserve that worked out perfectly. The pieces are, from left to right, a Myers designed Blenko #6516, Husted designed Blenko #627L, and the Myers designed Blenko #646.
Hope you enjoy,