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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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! BLENKO PUMPKINS!



BLENKO has a wide variety of pumpkins not in the catalog.
You must visit the Blenko Glass gift shop.
Blenko Pumpkins are available in a large range of variation of gold / orange / and some frosted.
Visit Blenko Glass gift shop.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Decanter with stopper.

This decanter shown in tangerine with crystal stopper is currently available at Blenko Glass.  www.blenkoglass.com.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Objects of Art!


You Decide!   These lovely vases are currently available from Blenko Glass.  304 743 9081 to order. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jug Challenge in Greens


Jug Challenge in Greens
 
Another grouping from the "Jug Challenge " is this trio of green pieces. The
Blenko #390 vase  and Blenko #443 jug are both Lime Green while the Myers
designed Blenko #689 is Olive Green. I picked up the Myers piece as a mislist
and it has become one of Shelley's favorites. It has such a festive look to it.
Hope you enjoy,

Friday, October 24, 2014

BLENKO COLLECTOR SEEKING NEW HOME FOR WV BIRTHDAY VASES

Hello 


 


I have 1984, 1985, and 1995 pieces that I would like to sell to anyone  


interested and needing them for their collection. All in excellent condition.  


Sean Snyder 304-993-6068 




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reminder - just a few days left to Pledge for NEW glass by Wayne Husted


New hand-blown art glass by Blenko’s most collected designer. Six new creations in dazzling colors
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wayne-husted-jazz-in-glass-collector-s-series

Back in the 1950s when I was fresh out of college, I was hired as Director of Design at the venerable Blenko Glass Company in Milton, West Virginia. During my ten years at Blenko, I created over 60 new designs every year, resulting in over 600 unique designs, many of which are included in museum collections and sought after by private collectors nationwide.





Art glass designed by Wayne Husted for Blenko Glass Company in the 1950s

Now, at the age of 87, I am still designing in glass, and seeking contributions to fund the production of a new group of art glass decanters and pitchers that recall my designs from the 1950s Modern era.

Working with Public Glass, a nonprofit public-access glass studio and school, I will produce the new designs using traditional techniques and the rich color palette for which Blenko is famous. Wooden molds will be hand-carved by wood sculptor Dean Nyberg and others from cherry logs that have been hand-selected from orchards in central California. Skilled glass artisans will gather and blow the molten glass into the molds, forming a layer of charcoal that smooths the surface. After each glass piece is formed, it’s placed in an annealing oven for about 12 hours. Then it is polished, ground, and finished.

Each piece will be numbered, dated, and signed by me with a diamond tool, and delivered with a certificate of authenticity. For this series, each design will be made in its own unique color (see illustrations below). They are designed to complement each other. Their universal appeal makes them perfect for any environment—traditional or contemporary. These designs will be made in limited editions of 50 of each.

Your contributions will be used to pay for the shop time and glass artists working to produce the pieces, and will benefit Public Glass and its educational programs, including the Light a Spark youth program. With your help, I will be able to create these new works, and continue to pursue my passion for designing in glass.

What We Need and What You’ll Get

My campaign goal is to raise $20,000, which will go towards making the molds and beginning production of the six pieces. By making a contribution, not only will you become part of this process, you will be benefiting a great nonprofit educational program at Public Glass. You can also earn an invitation to attend a glassblowing session with me and the glass artists at Public Glass.

Other perks that you can receive in return for your contributions include an autographed t-shirt featuring my “Jazz in Glass” iconic glassblower. Or you may contribute at a level for which you’ll receive your choice of any one of the “Jazz in Glass” designs, or the full collection. (Please see contribution levels on the right.) All of the glass art pieces will be reserved at the lowest number available, and hand-signed with a diamond tool by me. 

If I don’t reach my goal of $20,000, I will begin the production process, and get as far along as funds allow. You will receive updates by email of my progress, and feedback on the delivery date for your perk.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Blenko lamps at blenko VC

Update from blenko.

Just stocked a few new lamps at the gift shop today.
Also, the $15.00 cobalt water bottles are disappearing fast. We are just stocking what is left of the overrun of seconds we had. The sale will end when they are gone.
If you have any questions about the lamps give us a call at 877-425-3656.






Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bowls- V

Hello Hillary,

Below are bowls I made last week. The green one is a solid color, and the one with stripes is optics and crackle combined. I used optics to make the lines, and cracle to make spotted patterns. I was trying to make leopard/snake patterns.

Hope you like them,

Thanks
V






Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stars and Hearts From Blenko Glass.


As a grade school student, my parents often took me to Blenko Glass to purchase gifts for
my teacher and principal.
Blenko has an array of small under $5 items ( this was early 90s). The price has increase a bit.
Blenko Glass Company still offer small affordable gifts -  the hearts and stars - paper weights or just objects of art are examples of the small ' stocking stuffers '  you can find currently at Blenko Glass.
Its not too early to start refilling your gift closet.
Think Blenko Glass.  Made in West Virginia.
Handcrafted glass. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

NEW Wayne Husted Line!

Attention Blenko Glass Collectors & Glass Lovers!
Legendary Blenko Glass Designer Wayne Husted is designing a NEW line of ‪#glass‬ called "Jazz in Glass".


 These beautiful pieces are reminiscent of Wayne Husted mid-century Blenko designs.
Please click on the link below to see how you can be a part of this line.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wayne-husted-jazz-in-glass-collector-s-series

Saturday, October 11, 2014

COLUMBUS DAY PROMOTION. $15 off $100. Monday, October 13 ONLY.

Update from Blenko. 
Thanks,
V

Monday, October 13 ONLY
$15.00 off a $100.00 purchase. Present clerk with coupon or save it to your smartphone.
We still have $15.00 cobalt water bottles while supplies last. We also have a good selection of pumpkins available in various colors and sizes.
Gift Shop hours 8am-5pm
Glass Blowing demonstrations 8am-3:15pm
Hope you can stop in to see us.






Thursday, October 09, 2014

Another "Jug Challenge" from Bruce S

Another "Jug Challenge" from Bruce S
 
Another in the "Jug Challenge" is this older pair I photographed a while back
which is the Charcoal and Crystal handled pair. This time the Blenko #443 is
accompanied by it's smaller version a Blenko #7117. Pure simple forms that bring
form and function together.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Glass ID : Pink vase, is it blenko?

Hi. 

I have a beautiful pink ‘vase’ (?) that I have been trying to identify for some time. I am attaching a picture. It is definitely hand-blown with the pontil mark on the bottom. It has a sticker on it that says 18/K and I recently saw someone on ebay selling a piece they said was Blenko that had the same sticker  they even noted they had no idea why it had this sticker, but it looked exactly the same as mine (the sticker, not the piece). So, looking at the 1962 catalogue, there might be something similar, but it has a stopper, and my piece has a very wide opening (1.75”), so a stopper seems unlikely…still, I thought it was worth a try to see if this could possibly be a Blenko piece. The piece measures roughly 9” in height by 6” in diameter. 
Thank you for your time.
Best regards,
Alicia Rogers




Monday, October 06, 2014

Blenko Ram

Hi,  
I have a Blenko Rams Head  by Wayne Hustad.  I would be interested in a value and possibly be willing to sell.  Please let me know if there is any interest.  Thank you!

Gwen


Saturday, October 04, 2014

Glass ID

Hello and thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. I have a Blenko daisy bowl (847) but as near as I can tell, I can't find the purple color listed in any of the catalogs. Is this just a cobalt variation or am I not looking in the correct catalog? I know the bowl was purchased in West Virginia sometime in the last few years, but not in the last two or three. I am interested in documenting when the bowl was produced and the official name of this color.

Thank you and I hope I haven't missed the obvious int he catalogs!

Tammy


 


Friday, October 03, 2014

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Help: Glass ID

Hello Hillary,

I searched the catalogs on your site and couldn't find this piece exactly. I found some that had similar shapes, but not with handles or the cobalt color. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated. I'll attach  pictures of the vase, but it is a cobalt blue with green handles. It  measures almost 16 inches tall. 

Kristy T





Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Halloween - Are you thinking PUMPKINS!

Festia a Homer Laughlin Product made in W.Va. does plates and mugs for Halloween.

Blenko Glass Milton Gift Shop - Ready for Pumpkin Season

No one does Pumpkins like Blenko Glass.  In yellow, orange, green and combinations of colors.
Blenko Pumpkins can last for decades.