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.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Below are pics of items that were from my father's estate. Family lore is that they are Blenko pieces Some bought and some given to my grandfather Howard Slater when he photographed pieces for the catalogs for the company. I've looked through catalogs and i think they are but as some don't have any markings on them, I'm not 100%. Can you please help identify and also value them if they are? Thank you so much for your guidance and assistance. Sincerely,
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Long Story - Short is Blenko workers made Angels as gifts for one another as far back as the 70s perhaps earlier but I could find documentation of and see Angels made in the 70s.
Some angels had long flowing hair - most of the older ones were crystal.
Since the mid 2000 Blenko has offered the angel pictured In the gift shop and online shop.
Angels are useful as gifts all year long.
When my friends are having difficult times - I either send a Ron Hinkle Pigs Fly, or a Blenko Angel .
Two years ago my entire family had Xmas dinner in a hospital room - with my Uncle Gale who suffers mangle cell lymphoma.
The Blenko Angel was featured prominently on the dresser in his hospital room. A sign of Hope!
A sign of a ' common love' our family has for the Blenko Factory.
This year -as he has for 20 years my Uncle Gale joined Uncle Barry to stand in line for the BLENKO GLASS WV Birthday Vase.
Blenko Angels - are like Pringle Potato Chips - You can't have JUST ONE!
Friday, December 18, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Learn as much as you can prior to buying.
Then Buy What you Love and Want To Live With!
For the last 15 months my parents have been preparing to down size. They hope to move from their 3 story home to a small rancher the end of next year. Its been difficult to go from Four Xmas tree to One.
This will be their first year without a tree devoted solely to Blenko Glass ornaments and Blenko.
Note: Three large boxes of Blenko ornaments, balls, and yearly labeled ornaments were left at the Mountain Mission earlier this month. A box of Blenko water bottles was donated to Salvation Army the week of Thanksgiving.
I'm saying this to warn new collectors about hoarding.....no one needs 40 water bottles - even if all 40 are unique in color or design. Giving these things up after age 70 is painful.
Even if you are savvy and want to sell on Ebay - as you grow older this act is also more difficult.
My parents decided to gift special pieces and donate everything else. Its not just BLENKO if you are a collector their is never one collection. For my Mom its China and silver, Dad was the Blenko person, and WVU items.
I recall being 21 and having my first place without room mates, Tammy Fowler of Trophy Antiques Charleston, WVa ( Tammy has a gift shop and conducts weekly estate sales). Tammy said to me, never buy NEW...make a list of what you want and shop estate sales with your list!
For a Blenko Collector - the vintage items are often available in estate sales, nice thing about Estate Sale is you can see and touch the vintage item and evaluate its condition.
This is the Season of Gifting....is it OK to gift a Blenko item you buy from an estate sale? YES but only if you are certain the receiver will enjoy this particular item. Other wise give them a gift card to Blenko OR a Blenko item from the Gift Shop that may be exchanged for an item they want.
|Blenko Glass Ornament Collection - 3 each year - This one is from 2013.|
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
We are not certain of the number sold - the original price ranged from 350 to 500.
If you own this item and it needs a new home. Contact Abby via this site or post your contact info for her.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
We bet she'll be visiting the factory with her G-Dad before her first Birthday.
Welcome to the world of Blenko Collecting Ava Marie.
Friday, December 11, 2015
One way to alleviate some of the stress is to do your shopping in one place. Buying LOCAL is always my first choice. Handcrafted is also on my short list.
At Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com Blenko Glass Company you will find many one of a kind items, an online store, a brick and motor store in Milton with a clearance table ( for those of us who always want a mark down).
Blenko is LOCAL, Family owned, small manufactory that continues to make quality, high quality glass....one piece at a time.
Blenko Glass could be your one stop for all Xmas Gifts.
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Sunday, December 06, 2015
Friday, December 04, 2015
Have a 'special person' you need to gift. The Blenko Glass " Golden Memories Angel' limited edito is now available.
The Mountain Spurce and Northern Lights both limited edition items are also available for purchase.
Anytime you gift blenko - its a unique gift. To gift a limited edition is a superior gift. Limited edition can be 2 to 100 - the current limited editions are "Golden Angels ' 50. Northern Lights 50,
and Mountain Spruce is limited to 40.
All three items are beautiful, and new for Xmas 2015.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
5 1/2" high approx. Ltd to 50 numbered pieces in the gift shop.
Vase 8" high Ltd. to 40 numbered pieces in the gift shop $37.00
Pitcher 8" high Ltd. to 40 numbered pieces in the gift shop $42.00
If purchased together $75.00 for the set (5% discount)
Friday, Nov 27 8am-11:30, 1:30-4pm
Saturday, Nov 28 9:30-11:30, 1:00-3:30
Thursday, November 19, 2015
At our homes the PUMPKINS come out in mid September...as the leaves begin to turn. We put them away only as we begin to decorate for Christmas!
This year I purchased four fresh pumpkins for a carving party. The cost was nearly $40.
This made me realize how inexpensive it is to own BLENKO GLASS Pumpkins. Each year we bring out our collection of pumpkins - orange - yellow - combinations of orange and yellow and a gold pumpkin ( unique almost like a frosted gold lame ) I have pumpkins dating back to grade schools years.
This year consider purchasing a Blenko Glass Pumpkin ( under $65) large or small they now come in a variety of colors. Patchwork, Vintage, Autumn.
Blenko Glass Company blenkoglass on line catalog to order your pumpkins.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
As a child, I remember my Mom purchasing copies of woodblock prints by Barrie Kaufman, I knew of her as the wife of Senator then Judge Todd Kaufman - who was my Dad's friend.
Barrie Kaufman is doing a large scale project - using the images of WATER DROPS designed by Kaufman and created by Kaufman and Randy Rider.
To read more about this - visit Barrie Kaufman's website - Also the Charleston Newspaper did a story with photos.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
I have two questions. #1) Does Blenko continue to make lamps - also how much do they cost?
#2) I am sending you a photo of a set of lamps I want to purchase, the are $3K+ but lovely, however, if Blenko is still making them does this decrease the value?
Thank you for your response.
Raj Kumar MD
Blenko continues to make glass lamps. Charlie Harshbarger would be the contact person
at Blenko Glass. As to the cost of lamps - they vary with the size, color and shape. If you are seriously interested I would suggest phoning or driving to Blenko Glass.
My parents collect Hinkle Lamps - made in WVa. to view these google Hinkle Glass.
I do not know if Blenko is currently making the lamps ( in your photo) I am posting the photo so perhaps someone else will have an answer for you.
We don't work for Blenko. We like you appreciate the handcrafted glass and enjoy Blenko very much. May I invite you to visit WVa and Blenko Glass. Our State Tourism Bureau can provide you with a list of 'all things glass' in WVa and the Tamarack Center located in Beckley WVa is a show house for WVa Handcrafted items. Many Blenko items are for sale at Tamarack.
Thank you for shopping Blenko. Again, contact the factory. Everyone associated with Blenko Glass is customer friendly.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
When we have additional info we will post along with a link.
Many of the original WV Birthday Collectors are the age of my parents early 70s - this collection started in 1980.
We would expect to see a few more WV Birthday Collections becoming available in the next 4-5 years.
The collection is very large - and not all families have space to properly display such a collection.
IF You own this collection and must part with it - may I suggest you consider donating the collection.
We prefer the WV Glass Museum in Weston, The WVa Cultural Center, or Blenko Glass ( Blenko doesn't have the entire collection on display) it would be very fitting to see this large long term collection on permanent display at Blenko Glass.
Should you need assistance with contacting the appropriate people for donation, please send us an email and we'll assist you with this gift.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Sunday, November 08, 2015
At Blenko Glass - Shorty Finley ( who along with Jessie Carpenter) were considered the best
finisher / blower / and creative characters.
Shorty Finley and Jessie Carpenter both were part of the 70s Factory Glass movement. Both accompanied Don Shepperd ( the Blenko Designer) to give lectures and demos at Universities.
During this time Shorty Finley created several STAR WAR pieces - he designed a Chess Set
with Star War Characters, and he made 5 free standing Star Wars characters out of glass.
We are adding photos of the STAR WAR couple ( which is for sale on line at $1200, ) and a single Star War character ( also on sale for $500 on line) and a photo of an individual chess piece ( not for sale).
The factory workers at Blenko like much of America was enamored with STAR WARS.
We are delighted to learn these pieces survived the 40 years since production.
For those of you who are not STAR WARS fans the following paragraph is from WIKI
Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series created by George Lucas. It depicts the adventures of various characters "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away", following the main story of Anakin Skywalker and his son Luke.
The first film in the series, Star Wars (later subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope), was released on May 25, 1977 by 20th Century Fox and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. It was followed by the similarly-successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983); these three films constitute the original Star Wars trilogy. A prequel trilogy was later released between 1999 and 2005, which received a more mixed reaction from critics and fans compared to the original trilogy. All six films were nominated for or won Academy Awards, and were commercial successes, with a combined box office revenue of $4.38 billion, making Star Wars the fifth-highest-grossing film series. The series has spawned an extensive media franchise—the Expanded Universe—including books, television series, computer and video games, and comic books, resulting in significant development of the series's fictional universe. Star Wars also holds a Guinness World Records title for the "Most successful film merchandising franchise." In 2012, the total value of the Star Wars franchise was estimated at USD $30.7 billion (£19.51 billion), including box-office receipts as well as profits from their video games and DVD sales.
In 2012, The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and announced three new Star Wars films, with the first film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, planned for release on December 18, 2015.20th Century Fox retains the physical distribution rights to the first two Star Wars trilogies, owning permanent rights for the original 1977 film and holding the rights to Episodes I–III, V and VI until May 2020. The Walt Disney Studios owns digital distribution rights to all the Star Wars films, excluding A New Hope.
|Shorty Finley - much like Randy Rider ( current Blenko Employee) always stood out - the work ethic, the devotion to Blenko...the skill. It was visible.|
|Shorty Finley and the Star Wars - 1980|
Friday, November 06, 2015
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Sunday, November 01, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Does Blenko make the animals or miniature items I see in the older catalogs.
The 2015 Blenko Glass catalog is on line. We don't see animals listed. Often times we have found unique items ( not in the catalog) at the Blenko Glass Visitor Center in Milton.
My suggestion is to visit the store and ask, or phone Blenko Glass and ask if the gift shop has
the item you are searching.
Last we were in Milton, the Gift Shop had a large selection of paper weights.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
If you need this vase to complete your WV Birthday Collection. Our reader
email@example.com has thiese three vases for sale.
She is asking $250 for the center and $125 each for the other two.
If you need Birthday Vases to complete your collection - email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll notify you when collections are available for purchase.
Thank you for your continued interest in Blenko Glass and WVa Glass.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Blenko Project continues to photograph vintage Blenko Glass and to catalog pieces not found in the Blenko Glass Catalogs.
Note: Catalogs are available for purchase on line ( often on EBay) and catalogs are post on The Blenko Project website.
The charge for this is 2 cent per copy plus postage.
Note. There is a wait time of 1-2 weeks - we are an all volunteer group.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Thursday, October 01, 2015
What happen to Osburn Glass?
Did he return to Blenko? Is he in good health?
We were in Milton for first time in many years, just heard Red Powers passed.
If you know anything about Osburn please share.
We also enjoyed Dave Osburn's Glass ( see photo of limited edition clown).
I'm sorry to say I don't know anything about Dave - the Glass Shop closed several years ago.
If anyone has answers for Arlene please respond by writing to email@example.com
and we'll either forward or publish.
Monday, September 28, 2015
He couldn't read the signature but thought it might be Blenko or Pilgrim.
It's Blenko. See the above photo.
If you have questions about your glass and you can't find the glass in the online blenko glass catalogs ( www.blenkoproject.org) send us an email with good quality photos and we'll try to
identify the item.
Note: all volunteers so we are not an over night response.