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.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Saturday, February 7th
A WVMarketplace Exclusive just in time for Valentine’s day! The premier of the Blenko Vase from 10 am to 2 pm with special guest, Mr. Walter Blenko. Mr. Blenko will be on hand to personally sign your purchased vases. Vases are approximately 11 inches tall and perfect for a large bouquet of flowers.
Visit http://www.capitolmarket.net/market-happenings for more details!
Monday, January 26, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
ENTER PROMO CODE: HEART
SALE RUNS NOW THROUGH JANUARY 31
Preorders being taken now. Order before January 26 to ensure delivery before Valentine's Day.
Click here: Shop.blenko.com
Monday, January 19, 2015
Studio Glass: The art of Marvin Lipofsky, Richard Marquis, John Lewis, and Elin Christopherson
Glass, although rooted in ancient Mesopotamia and historically used in a variety of decorative arts, is a relative newcomer to the world of fine art. Certainly there were ceramicists and production workers experimenting with glass in the early to mid-twentieth century, but the beginning of the studio glass movement is attributed to an event in 1962—when University of Wisconsin ceramics professor Harvey Littleton, glass researcher Dominick Labino, retired Libbey Glassworks blower Harvey Leafgreen, and seven student participants custom-built a brick furnace and, using #475 glass marbles from the Johns-Manville company, blew a glass bubble at a workshop in Toledo, Ohio.
Marvin Lipofsky, a star student in Harvey Littleton’s first glass course, took up his instructor’s call to explore the material in new ways. He brought studio glass west, developing pivotal glass programs at the University of California, Berkeley, and the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in the years immediately following the Toledo workshops. Lipofsky’s non-objective vessels helped transform the perception of glass as a material for craft or production into a medium for fine art. His ongoing exploration of its sculptural potential has been conducted in factories and hot shops around the world and at the artist’s Berkeley studio, where his mold blown organic forms are sandblasted, carved, and polished.
Richard (Dick) Marquis was one of Lipofsky’s first students at U. C. Berkeley, coming of age during the exhilarating and experimental years of the school’s decorative arts department in the 1960s. Marquis’ work is characteristically humorous, anti-intellectual, and obsessively made. An astonishing range of masterfully blown vessels, some of which are combined with found objects, reflect the artist’s deep knowledge of historical references and traditional Venetian glass techniques, such as murrine and zanfirico.
Shortly after John Lewis’ introduction to glass in Lipofsky’s course at U. C. Berkeley in 1968, the artist found himself impatient to pursue his vision for the material and established one of California’s first private hot glass studios in West Oakland. In 1980, Lewis designed an experimental furnace specifically for casting. Lewis’ ability to melt and pour glass into a variety of molds and his novel use of centrifugal casting has resulted in a range of sculptures and bowls that he combines with glass frit, copper foil, and gold leaf for a brilliant interplay of color and texture.
Elin Christopherson began incorporating steel and wood in her glass art while completing various assignments for instructor Marvin Lipofsky at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1984. Much of Christopherson’s work is composed of salvaged material, sometimes from landfill, and is concerned with the interdependence of humanity and the natural world. The artist frequently uses botanical references, such as blossoming tips and pod-like forms, to provide a glimpse of an object’s otherwise hidden interior.
Marvin Lipofsky, Dick Marquis, John Lewis, and Elin Christopherson have committed their careers to exploring the boundaries and testing the limits of glass. While no single presentation can encompass the extraordinary breadth of work produced during the five-decade history of studio glassmaking, this exhibition highlights four unique and evolving approaches to the art form. These artists continue to pursue their respective visions for glass and all its possibilities, and their work represents the perpetual growth of the studio glass movement.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Friday, January 09, 2015
Saturday, Jan 10-31, 2015
Enter Promo Code: HEART during checkout.
Each heart is completely handmade without the use of a mold. Height is approx. 3 1/2 inches.
Available in red or pink.
Order your heart by January 26 to ensure delivery by Valentine's Day.
Monday, January 05, 2015
As Shelley and I travel together searching for Blenko or the occasional Enid Collins purse you can never tell what we might stumble upon along the way. This is just such an example. Any one want to guess what item might be Blenko? This almost made the trip home and didn't that day because we were in our Fiero which didn't allow for transporting such a large painting. I may just have to take the truck the next time we venture out on the road.
Saturday, January 03, 2015
Vashti. On the left is a Nickerson design Blenko #7411 decanter in Wheat with a
Myers design Blenko #646 decanter in Olive Green with flame stopper. Both of
these came from Ebay as mislists. Nice and clean and ready for a sunny spot in
Thursday, January 01, 2015