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, December 30, 2014

Blenko Myers decanters

HI Doc,
I am always on the lookout for Myers pieces and especially if they are Honey, Shelley's favorite color, or Peacock, my favorite. These two found their way to Vashti recently and they are just as beautiful as I expected they would be in person. On the left is the Myers designed Blenko #6516 and on the right a Blenko #6530-L optic decanter  with flame stopper. I especially enjoy the older 6516 decanters with the taller stoppers as this piece has.The 6530-L is the first large decanter in this design I have found but I believe that Shelley has the same in Honey for me as a Christmas gift. Can't wait to see the other and get the two together. Will share in the near future.

Hope you enjoy,

Bruce Specht

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Blenko weekend finds along the way

HI Hillary,

The same weekend we left the painting behind we did bring home a floorboard full of Blenko from West Texas where we were visiting Kayla at her new college home WTAMU in Canyon Texas.The group below covers more than five designers and over fifty years of Blenko designs from the Pre-designer vases on the left to the tall Don Shepherd designed Blue topped Mountain vase in Crystal in the back. You have a Husted designed Amberina decanter and Nickerson Crystal canister with a nice Anderson designed Blenko fish in front with a modern design of the older pinched vase bringing up the rear on the right. All but two of these were under twenty dollars with the fish costing me only six that day. As we like to say here in Vashti, the fishing was gooood!

Hope you enjoy,

Bruce Specht

Friday, December 26, 2014

Blenko Old Williamsburg Reproduction pitcher and glasses

HI Hillary,
I stumbled upon this wonderful set of Blenko Colonial Williamsburg reproduction glasses and pitcher on Ebay recently and quickly picked them up. There are actually ten glasses that came in the set but the photo looks better with just the five glasses I chose to photograph. Wonderful Amethyst color with almost no flaws to all eleven pieces. The glasses are  Blenko CW-5W and matching pitcher.

Hope you and your readers enjoy,

Bruce Specht

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

2009 WV Birthday piece for sale.

2009 WV Birthday piece is up for sale on ebay. Mention blenko glass collectors group and you get additional 100 off. Listing below.

2009 West Virginia Day Birthday Piece
Titled: Aqua Luna
Designed by: Arlon Bayliss
Signed and Numbered: #79/146 Arlon Bayliss and Walter Blenko signatures appear on the bottom
Other Markings:Blenko sandblasted mark with the date "2009".The piece retains its original Blenko Handcraft hangtag with silver cord as originally taped to the piece and it also retains its original Mylar Blenko sticker.
Also Included:The original postcard handed out at the door by Miss West Virginia 2009 Jessi Pierson. Who happens to be from right there in Milton, WV where Blenko is located.The postcard is signed by Jessi and by Walter Blenko along with being numbered to correspond with the actual piece.
Description:Blenko and Arlon described the piece as "inspired by the states many lakes and rivers, and suggesting a rising moon over rippling waters"Color:Seabreeze with Crystal Stopper
Condition:Excellent!!! See box above in the listing for additional detail.Measurements:16" high and quite impressive in overall scale and weight.The stopper is solid glass.
ShippingItem will be Well PackagedShipped Via FedEx Ground or Home Delivery

Saturday, December 20, 2014




Come in and check out our great selection of items for that last minute special gift. Check out our selection of items discounted 15-25% off regular price. 

Merry Christmas from all the employees and staff of Blenko Glass. We hope you can pay us a visit soon. 

Gift Shop Hours:
Saturday 9-5
Sunday Noon-5
Mon- Tues 8-5
Christmas Eve 8-1
Closed Christmas Day
Friday 8-5

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Last Minute Gift Sale at Blenko VC: Starts 12/18.

Update from Blenko

Last Minute Gift Sale
Blenko Glass Visitor's Center

Starts tomorrow, December 18

Come in and visit us for that perfect, unique gift that everyone is sure to love. Along with our traditional holiday items, including snowmen we have some items that have been discounted especially for this last minute sale.

On Saturday, December 20 from 11:00am-2:00pm all purchases will receive an extra 15% discount. (no additional coupons accepted during this special discount)

Gift Shop Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday Noon-5:00pm

The gift shop will be closing at 1:00pm on Christmas Eve and will be
closed on Christmas Day. They will reopen Friday, December 26 at 8:00am.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


From the Blenko Glass 2014 Catalog. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Blenko swirl medalion Husted vases

Next up is a nice couple of Husted designed crackle vases that I really enjoy.
The smaller version with the Tangerine swirls has been an early piece in my
collection with it's larger brother just arriveing in the past week. First time
I have seen this piece and I was glad to finally have this example. These are
Blenko #622L with Turquoise medallions and a Blenko 622M with Tangerine
medallions. The Tangerine is my favorite because the color makes the medallions
look like unopened roses.
Hope you enjoy,
Bruce S

Friday, December 12, 2014

Blenko Holiday Sale

Update from blenko glass company:

Check out our online store at Blenko.com to see a large selection of items in selected colors discounted from 15-25%. All of these items are in stock and available for immediate shipment.
The pictures included are a small sampling of the items available. http://shop.blenko.com/

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blenko Husted Turquoise Decanters

I am sending along some photos that show the beauty of Blenko Turquoise
A nice grouping of Husted designed flame stoppered
decanters from the sixties. Starting from the left is a Blenko #6310,  Blenko
#6122-S crackle finish, Blenko #6212, Blenko #627-S crackle finish, and Blenko
#627-L flame stoppered decanters. 
Hope you enjoy,
Bruce S

Monday, December 08, 2014

PURPLE MOON - Charleston, WVa Holiday Open House

Cool Yule Holiday Open House & Sale
Saturday, December 6th - 10am - 6pm
10% to 40% OFF!
Join us on Saturday, December 6th for this very special Holiday open house and sale. Exceptional savings on everything in the shop from vintage glassware and art to new upholstered home furnishings.
Come downtown to enjoy the Christmas Parade Saturday morning then stop in for a refreshment and to look for that very special holiday gift and register for door prizes.
I apologize for the delay in posting this notice.  
If you plan to gift BLENKO GLASS  - unique Blenko Glass or other Modern Items / vintage.  The Purple Moon is the key to your successful shopping.
Purple Moon  is owned by a dynamic couple who collect Blenko and are more knowledgeable of Blenko than 90% of the people who sell glass.
Especially is you are a new collector  - check out Purple Moon in Charleston, W.Va.
Always the shop is filled with unique one of a kind items .

Glass Karma: Garage sale find

Wanted to share this beautiful piece, found in South Florida at a garage sale 
for $15.00. This ice bucket container measures 10 inches high. Hoping to own 
every piece from the 1977 Blue Top Mountain collection. Wish me luck!


Saturday, December 06, 2014

Blenko Nickerson pitchers

Blenko Nickerson pitchers

Just wanted to send along some photos that I have made over the past several
weeks. I will start with this one of a pair of Nickerson designed pitchers. On
the left is the Blenko #729 in Emerald green with it's sister pitcher a Blenko
#727 in Wheat. Both are in Blenko's wonderful crackle.
Hope you enjoy,
Bruce S

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Jug Challenge" from Blog Friend Bruce S

"Jug Challenge" from Blog Friend Bruce S
I have several of Blenko #443 Predesigner jugs and
wanted to take photos of each with some pieces that complemented them. This is
the first of that series. On the left is a Myers designed Blenko #6523 ball
stoppered decanter and on the right a Nickerson designed Blenko #7315 pitcher.
Three timeless designs that come together nicely.

Keep posted for more beautiful Blenko Jug Photography from Bruce!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Share your blenko story

Many of you attended blenko's open house and holiday sale. We would love to hear about it from you. Please share your blenko story with us. You may email us at theblenkoproject@aol.com

Monday, December 01, 2014

Reminder: Online sale begins at 12 noon EST, 9am PST.

Update from blenko: 

Just a reminder our Limited Edition pieces go on sale today at 12 noon EST, 9am PST. Shop.blenko.com
There are 30 each of the Holiday Garland Bowl and Vase and 25 of the Guardian angel available to order
Today is also your last chance to take advantage of the 15% discount and reduced pricing in our online store. 
(Not valid on ltd edition items)
This discount ends at midnight.