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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.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Last of the Jug Challenge from Bruce S

Last of the Jug Challenge
 
 
This is the last of my "Jug Challenge " photos and is the most recent addition.
I had the Sea Green Blenko #443 and recently acquired the Husted designed Blenko
#5424 handled jug as a mislist. I especially enjoy the transparency of these
jugs.
 
Thanks again to Bruce S for the wonderful photographs

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving, and don't forget Blenko's Holiday Sale & Open House Nov.28-30

More details at www.shop.blenko.com

Check out our gift shop deals and discounts! Selected items in the gift shop will be discounted throughout this event. All items priced as marked.


Live Radio Remote- Nov. 28th 

B 97.1 classic hits live radio remote 10am-Noon 
15% off your entire purchase during the live remote only! Excludes limited edition Items, no additional coupons or discounts.


Signing Event with Vice President Andy Blenko! 

Friday, Nov 28th 8am- 11am , 1pm- 3pmSaturday, Nov. 29th 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm

2014 Limited Edition Pieces



* Holiday Garland Bowl and Vase 
Limited to 30 numbered pieces of each in the gift shop. Each pieces is etched on the bottom "Holiday 2014" Designed by Arlon Bayliss.The Artist states, "Draped generously with expressive trails of festive color "Holiday Garlands" celebrate the season and look lovely together or solo!" *Bowl 7" high $50.00 *Vase 9 1/2 high $55.00                                        
      

* Guardian Angel 
Limited to 50 numbered pieces in the gift shop. The colors peacock blue, green and white swirl through this lovely angel. Each piece is signed by retired Master Craftsman Les Womack. *5 1/2" high $57.00 Each
                                                                



Our Limited Edition items will be available for purchase for our customers who can't visit our store in person. They will be available for purchase Monday, December 1st at 12 noon EST, 9am PST at www.shop.blenko.com

Holiday Classes


Limited Space Call 877-425-3656 to Register!


Friday, November 28th

Blown Christmas Ornament   $35.00 per person.
10am-Noon Ltd to 15 participants
work with our craftsman to make your very own keepsake Blenko ornament. available for pick up Thursday, December 4th in the gift shop!

Glass Painting & Tumbled Glass Mosaic
(Great for kids)
Ongoing class upstairs in the gift shop from 8:30am-2:00pm
pick from a selection of glass items and paint whatever you wish! $10.00 per item or your can pick 2 wood items and glue on Blenko tumbled glass nuggets to create a unique keepsake or gift! Two items for $10.00


Saturday, November 29th 

Blown Christmas Ornament   $35.00 per person.9:30am-11:30am Ltd to 15 participants
Work with our craftsman to make your very own keepsake Blenko ornament. available for pick up Thursday, December 4th in the gift shop!

Blown Ruffle Vase $65.00 per person.
9:30am-11:30am ltd to 15 participants
Pick your own colors and work with our craftsman to create a beautiful petite vase you are sure to treasure for many years to come!

Stained Glass Mosaic Plate $50.00 per person.9:30am-11:30am ltd to 8 participants
Select your glass and work with our artisan to create a beautiful glass design in a 12" plate that will be a wonderful addition to your home d├ęcor!

Glass Painting & Tumbled Glass Mosaic
(Great for kids)
Ongoing class upstairs in the gift shop from 9:00am-2:00pm
pick from a selection of glass items and paint whatever you wish! $10.00 per item or your can pick 2 wood items and glue on Blenko tumbled glass nuggets to create a unique keepsake or gift! Two items for $10.00

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Reminder: Blenko open house and sale, Nov 28-30

Update from Blenko

Annual Holiday Sale & Open House
November 28-30
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Blenko Gift Shop.
The staff has been busy decorating the gift shop and we will spend next week preparing to stock our special holiday items plus a large assortment of our beautiful glassware ranging from our best-selling water bottles, drinking glasses, vases, pitchers and much more.
Check out our insert on Sunday in this Huntington Herald Dispatch and Charleston newspapers.
Hope to see you this weekend!








Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday sale, Now through Dec 1.

Brand New Holiday Item

We now have three Special Edition Holiday inspired etched water bottles available for purchase in our online store. shop.blenko.com Click on Holiday Items

"Wreath" Available in clover
"Peace on Earth" available in cobalt
"Ornament" available in cobalt

These will be available to order for a limited time only. Order now and take advantage of our Holiday Madness 15% Discount offer while it lasts.



Saturday, November 22, 2014

BLENKO HOLIDAY SALE AND OPEN HOUSE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2014


We hope you can join us for our annual holiday sale. There will be classes, limited edition items, glass signings, tours, special discounts and much more.

Limited edition items will be available on Friday, November 28 at 8:00am in the gift shop. Cards will be handed out at the door. No advance orders or phone orders prior to November 28.

We will have our brand new holiday angel. This year we are debuting the "Guardian" Angel. The colors of bright blue, green and white swirl through the body of this beautiful piece. Limited to 50 numbered pieces available in the gift shop. Each piece will be signed
by retired Master Craftsman Les Womack.

We have two pieces designed by Arlon Bayliss. "Holiday Garlands"
These pieces are "draped generously with expressive trails of festive color. "Holiday Garlands" celebrate the season and look lovely together or solo!" Each piece will be numbered. Limited to 30 pieces of each style available in the gift shop.

(For our customers who can't visit us in person, these items will
be available to order online on Monday, December 1 at 12 noon EST,
9am PST. There will be 30 each available of the "Holiday Garlands"
items and 25 of the "Guardian Angel".





Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blenko Glass: Holiday Sale and Open House November 28-30, 2014.

Here is a complete listing of the classes we will be offering during our Holiday Sale and Open House November 28-30, 2014.

Friday, November 28

10:00am
*Blown Christmas Ornament
$35.00 per person, Limited to 15 participants

Work with our craftsmen to create your own unique
Christmas ornament you are sure to treasure for years to come.

*Glass Painting and Tumbled Glass Mosaic
Ongoing class upstairs in the gift shop 8:30am-2:00pm
Great for kids.
$10.00 Glass Painting 2 for $10.00 Tumbled Glass Mosaic

Saturday, November 29

9:30am
Blown Christmas Ornament
$35.00 per person, Limited to 15 participants

*Blown Ruffle Vase
$65.00 per person, Limited to 15 participants

Create a beautiful mini, multi-colored vase . You will work with our craftsmen to help form the vase, including blowing the piece.

*Stained Glass Mosaic Plate
$50.00 per person, Limited to 8 participants

You will work with Blenko sheet glass to create a beautiful
design on a 14" wooden plate. Our artist will assist you in the
design and finishing of the piece.

*Glass Painting and Tumbled Glass Mosaic
Ongoing class upstairs in the gift shop 9:30am-2:00pm
Great for kids.
$10.00 Glass Painting 2 for $10.00 Tumbled Glass Mosaic

Call us Monday-Friday at 877-425-3656 from 8am-2:00pm to sign up. Class must be secured with a credit card.

We hope you can join us for this event. We love to talk to our
customers and participants and show them a little bit of what we do on a daily basis. When you make your own piece of glass you are making a little bit of history. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.








Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BUBBLE SNOWMAN AVAILABLE

BUBBLE SNOWMAN AVAILABLE TO ORDER

You can now order the new "Bubble" Snowman that we introduced at the gift shop a couple months ago. We are now producing these in anticipation of the holiday season. Order on our online store at www.blenko.com. Click on the online store and then click on Holiday Items. The price is $52.00 each plus freight.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kissin Kates

Kissin Kate's,  one of our favorite vintage and after market Blenko Glass sellers sent photos of glass in their shop.
This is a wonderful way to start your Xmas shopping!
Below is a photo from the 1st Floor of the South Charleston Antique Mall. They brought in 20 new pieces for the Christmas season.
If you need additional info - email  theblenkoproject@aol.com or contact the owners Tim and Linda ( aka Kissin' Kate's Antiques) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kissin-Kates-Antiques/719760098108000
HJH

Friday, November 14, 2014

Keith Lahti Pottery Show November 15 & 16 Reminder

Remember the Keith Lahti Pottery Show is Today and Tomorrow,  November 15 & 16


Make a weekend excursion and plan to visit McColley Studio in nearby Chloe to see the work of  Connie McColley (jewelry), Lynn Gundry (stained glass) and Margie Mills (fiber), Karen Shreve (jewelry) and Kathy Russell (handmade truffles)

Info at 304 655-7429

Or Visit http://www.handmadecremationurns.com/

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. We need your help!

See a mistake in the daily post?   If you do please notify us.
Both Vivek and I have full time jobs, and many other commitments.
Many times the post are written early am or late pm.

If we mislabel an item.  State something that you know to be in error or questionable, let us know.

We have a large number of new collectors - who rely on the blog as factual.

Please help us provide factual and accurate information.
If you have information about a Blenko event, or other American Glass event, or collectors group you wish to share - send the info to:  theblenkoproject@aol.com.
We welcome your high definition, clear photos - please appropriately label your photos.

Thank You
Hillary and Vivek 

Blenko Glass Company - Milton, WVa.

NO!  These are not Williamsburg designs or even Blenko Glass.
This is the work of Vivek,  an post doc scholar at Penn State University who like most of us loves glass.
Vivek has taken his love of glass to the next level,  he now attends a glass making workshop and also goes weekly with a glass partner to try new things.
Several years ago my Dad and I did the full day at Blenko Glass attempting to make glass - the two of us made ( with a great deal of help from Randy Rider) three pieces.
From this experience I became more aware of the skill each member of the team needs - and I realized whatever the cost...the handcrafted excellent products from Blenko are worth what ever the asking price.
Glass is a difficult medium.   My admiration of glassworkers is a big part of why we do the Blog.
Blenko Glass is unique.   It is made in West Virginia,  it is made by family men - men who hunt, fish, coach soft ball, bowl.  Men who are involved in our communities.  .
When you support ( by buying new glass) Blenko Glass you enrich our community and our State.
Be proud to gift Made In West Virginia items and most especially Blenko Glass.
    If like Vivek,  you want to make glass -   Blenko offers courses each year,  Check out the www.blenkoglass.com website.
     Thank you for reading.  Thank you for your comments and even your criticism.  Both Vivek and I work full time.  The blog and the website are all volunteer activities. 
Should you have time to volunteer we welcome you.
theblenkoproject@aol.com.


#### Update from Vivek ####

Here is photo of progression of wine glasses. It took 4 weeks, 1.5 hours a week as gaffer to get to this stage. The first 3 are from week 2 and 3, and last one is from week 4. If you like to improve your glass skills, you should take/register for classes as often as possible.

Week 1, made nothing, goblet cracked and feet kept falling.
Week 2, made the ones where foot fell off.
Week 3, shortened the stem, and got heat/flash right for the foot.
Week 4, the wine glass with longer stem.

I will start stretching stem more, and make glass bigger in up coming weeks.






Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day Discounts at Blenko Glass Company

From blenko glass company:

Veteran's Day Discounts

ONE DAY ONLY!

Tuesday, November 11
Blenko Gift Shop 
Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm

All Orchid, Amethyst and Spring Green items 15% off regular price. All items priced as marked

Already reduced pumpkin inventory is an additional 15% off. Discount will be given at register.

Stop by and visit us if you are in the area. Glassblowing demonstrations will be 8:00am-noon, 12:30pm-3:15pm






Monday, November 10, 2014

Readers - can you help ID this glass?

Trying to identify some vintage glass I bought.
It is in your tangerine color, but in the shape of a per lutken drop vase. Did you make any drop vases? Don't see any in the catalogs. Unmarked.
It's 9 inches high and 8 inches at its widest width.




Tara

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Keith Lahti Pottery Show November 15 & 16

You are invited to the annual Holiday Showing of

Pottery by Keith Lahti

November 15 & 16

11 AM to 5 PM

Also featuring ceramic jewelry by Cree Lahti



Directions: I-79 to Big Otter, Exit 40 (Rt. 16). North on Rt. 16 to Nebo (about 3 miles), Right on Nebo-Walker Rd. and go 8/10 of a mile. Bear left up hill on Walker Road.

Go to top of hill & down the other side,

Driveway is on left at bottom of hill, # 1137

Phone (304) 286-2635,



Pop-up issue fixed. Mention any blog issues here.

This is non-blenko related post.

Few days back some of you mentioned about pop-up ads. That issue is fixed. You should not be seein any pop up ads now.

If there are any additional issues, please mention them in comments, and I will take care of them to the best of my abilities.

Thanks
V

Thursday, November 06, 2014



Marvin Lipofsky Studios is pleased to announce our Fall and Winter exhibition schedule for 2014. 



Marvin Lipofsky is pleased to be represented by Donna Schneier Fine Art at SOFA Chicago, Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, and ArtPalmBeach.

SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, November 6 - 9, 2014
Red Dot Art Fair, 3011 NE 1st Ave, Miami Dec. 2 - 7, 2014
ArtPalmBeach, County Convention Center, January 22-25, 2015

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Jug Challenge - RUBY!

Jug Challenge - RUBY!
Whatever looks great in Blenko looks even better in Ruby which is proven again
with this pair. Another in my "Jug Challenge" photos is the Anderson companion
piece of a Blenko #947-L with the Blenko #443 jug.
Hope you enjoy too!