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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, September 30, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Blenko Water Bottles

The classic Benko water bottle has expanded - Water bottles now come in class, Mini, Diamond Opitc and Straight Optic
 



Thursday, September 25, 2014

NEW Blenko Vase which comes in 3 colors and 3 glass treatments (Crackled, Diamond Optic and Twist)




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Glass ID - Can you help this reader ID her glass?



Attached please find a photo of a pitcher.
It is 12 1/2" Tall
Green with an olive green outside.
Black Handle.
I appreciate any help in identifying the maker, Blenko??
Jean D

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New 2014-2015 Blenko

 
Perfect for Christmas presents, these NEW Glass trees come in large and small, frosted and clear glass


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

WVU vs OKLAHOMA

WVU President Gee.   Foot Ball  WVU vs Oklahoma


Last week was a big week for West Virginia football fans.  Marshall won with a couple dozen points to spare.   WVU also won a hard fought game with Maryland.

This week for WVU Fans its a conference team ( Oklahoma) we will face.

If you plan to attend either game,  we invite you to stop in Milton ( Blenko Glass Company) on your way to Huntington or Morgantown. 
Blenko Glass has a wide variety of items in the WVU Blue and the Marshall Green.  
A party with hand blown ( but very durable) glass with your teams Logo   and a grill and a cooler
is a successful party!   If you don't own WVU -  or Marshall Logo items from Blenko Glass
you'll want to either order on line or stop in at the Milton location.  www.blenkoglass.com  is open 24/7 for online purchases.

GO OO OO   TEAM (S)! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

New 2014-2015 Blenko

The New 2014-2015 Blenko Catalog is out now, featuring classic pieces as well as some new collections. We will be featuring items from the catalog over the next month.
We will start with the NEW for 2014-15 Items!
 
 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Husted Blenko pitchers

HI Hillary,
Wayne Husted designed several of the most wonderful pitcher designs that Blenko produced. Below are two of his footed pitchers that have found their way into the collection. The Turquoise just arrived last week. These are Blenko #5711 in Amethyst and Turquoise(13 1/2").

Hope you enjoy,
Bruce Specht



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Marvin Lipofsky Studio events.

This is late for now, but do check out Marvin Lipofsky Studio's website for upcoming events.
http://www.marvinlipofsky.com/



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Marvin Lipofsky Studios is happy to announce our summer activities for 2014. If you are near by any of these fine galleries, please stop by for a visit. 
Prime Time features artworks that span almost 50 years by six Bay Area artists. Approximately eighty pieces include painting, photography, collage and sculpture, represent the scope of their enduring careers in the arts. This field study gives us the opportunity to consider the artists’ dedication and creativity that each has brought to their art practice, contributing to our regional cultural landscape.
Artists include: Bella Feldman, Edith Hillinger, Harry Cohen, Marge Rector, Marvin Lipofsky, and Mary Mountcastle Eubank.
The exhibition was curated by Patricia Watts, consulting curator for the Marin Community Foundation.

June 2 - Sept 12, 2014
Reception: Wed June 18, 2014
4:30 - 6:30


Marin Community Foundation
5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200
Novato, CA  94949

Mon - Fri 9 am - 5 pm


Image: Chico Spring Series 1988 #12, Marvin Lipofsky
Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree
The Museums of Los Gatos is proud to present Hot Spot: Bay Area Art Glass, an exhibition that celebrates the Bay Area’s continued prominence as a center for studio glass. With a focus on place and practice, the exhibit features artwork by Marvin Lipofsky, Mary B. White, Johnathon Schmuck, David Ruth, Susan Longini, and Liz Strickland and includes works from Bonny Doon Art Glass, Holy City Art Glass and Lundberg Studios.

This exhibition was curated by Marianne McGrath.

June 8 - August 24, 2014
Reception: Sunday June 8, 2014
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Museums of Los Gatos
4 Tait Avenue
Los Gatos, CA  95030
Thu - Sun   Noon - 4 pm

Image:
San Jose Group 2006 #1, Marvin Lipofsky
Photo: M. Lee Fatherree
The Mendocino Art Center will be presenting, Silk & Glass, an invitational show featuring the work of Marvin Lipofsky, Natasha Foucault, Mary Edna Fraser, Kale Haschak, Erika Kohr Island, Mickie McCormic, JP Long, Susan Louise Moyer, Liubov Semionova, Cynthia Myers, Merridee Smith, Demetra Theofanous, Joy Stocksdale and Barbara Woods.

June 9 - July 7, 2014

Mendocino Art Center
45200 Little Lake Street
Mendocino, CA  95460

Reception: June 14, 2014  5 pm - 8 pm

Image: Russian Group 2007 #11, Marvin Lipofsky
Photo Credit: M. Lee Fatherree
Upcoming! This summer, the Schantz Galleries will be presenting a special selection of works from the studio. Check with the gallery for new arrivals. 


Schantz Galleries
3 Elm St, Stockbridge, MA 01262

Image:
Otaru 1987 #6, Marvin Lipofsky
Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree
Copyright © Marvin Lipofsky Studios 2014, All rights reserved.

Stay in touch! Our mailing address is:
m.lipofsky@comcast.net

Studio:
1012 Pardee Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
510.843.7593

Blenko Black Friday Sale!

Some folks will say its much too early to think of Christmas shopping.  .  while others
began the 2014 Christmas Shopping in January.
Blenko Glass yearly has a Black Friday event - often they have glasses and its a great time for children and adult to shop Blenko at discounted prices.
Or have the Dad take the kids to Blenko while you do their shopping then meet up at Blenko later
and take a class or two with the kids.

BLENKO GLASS BLACK FRIDAY SALE will be November 28 - 30th.
Mark your calendar and return for more information or better yet
go to www.blenko.com  and look at the calendar on the Blenko web pages.

Myers flame stoppered optic decanters

HI Hillary,

More of my favorites in Tangerine optic glass. All of the stoppers are optic as well. These three are Joel Myers designs for Blenko from the sixties and early seventies. From the left is a Blenko #717, Blenko #6530-S, and Blenko #653.

Hope you enjoy,
Bruce Specht


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blenko Myers turquoise optic vases

Hi Doc,
A trio of Joel Myers designed optic vases in Turquoise. From the left is the Blenko 64-D optic vase, Blenko #6913 coin-dot optic vase, and Blenko 64-E beehive optic vase. The 64-D I found in an antique shop last week for seven dollars. The random rims are a wonderful organic shape.

Hope you and the blog enjoy,
Bruce Specht


Friday, September 12, 2014

Clear pitcher - V

Hello Hillary,

Here is another pitcher.

Last week we learned new technique to pull bottles. Instead of heating and dropping it, this time we heat and pull it with jacks. I then applied a drop foot on it, then included a handle. Here is the final product. My hand slipped the first time, so it got stuck to the bottle. The second time, I got the handle and shape correct. Its my best piece so far.

Regards,
V




Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Blenko Glass. Collecting or Hoarding?


He who knows
    that enough is enough
       will always have enough.  Lao Tzu


A New Yorker once said to me 80% of all collectors were not collectors but hoarders.

If you own Blenko glass you are not longer enjoying, or have it boxed away.
Why not consider allow new collectors to purchase?

Weekly we hear from new collectors who complain they can't find unique Blenko items.

Last year my parents parted with about 50 items of Blenko.  They donated to the Union Mission - where it was sold to
either collectors or folks who will later sell to collectors.
HJH
www.blenkoproject.org
www.blenkoglass.com 

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Be Gentle with the earth. Dalai Lama

Blenko Glass made in Milton, WVa   is in our opinion - that of the Blenko Project a earth friendly company.   Very little is wasted at Blenko.   The unused glass is recycled ( more about this in another post) used by other craftsmen to make counter tops, to melt  for small glass makers etc.

Buy Local always.   Blenko Glass  Milton, WVa. 
Bayliss WV Birthday Design ( my favorite).

Flowers blooming in the Blenko Glass Garden.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Blenko Glass.

The best way to find yourself
Is to lose yourself in the service of others.   Mahatama Gandhi 


Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Blenko Glass

Remember,  we all stumble, every one of us.   That's why it is a comfort to go hand in hand.  Emily Kimbrough

Blenko Glass handcrafted glass made in USA.   At Blenko everything is a team effort.
Each team works together in an effortless dance to produce one of a kind hand blown glass for you.  Since 2007  Arlon Bayliss has been the creative designer. 

Monday, September 01, 2014

BLENKO GLASS. An American Made Product

  When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh
at the sky.   Buddha


Blenko Glass Water Bottle.   Simple -  Perfect!