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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.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blenko Exclusive at Capitol Market in Charleston Feb 7th


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

More blenko Valentine Day items

Update from blenko glass company 

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Hearts have arrived in the Blenko gift shop.
We have started production on the glass hearts and a small selection of hearts and heart paperweights are now available for purchase.
We also have a beautiful selection of tangerine items plus all your favorite Blenko colors.
Shop early for the best selection. We look forward to seeing you.

10% Sweetheart special continues in our online store. Don't forget to take advantage of this special discount now through January 31. Enter the promo code: HEART during checkout. www.shop.blenko.com



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blenko Glass Company. Bowls. We've got Bowls. In an array of Colors and Styles.


From the Blenko Glass Company's latest catalog.  Shop on line at the www.blenkoglass.com website for the lowest on line prices for Blenko Glass.  When you buy from the Milton, WVa. Factory you knows it authentic Blenko Glass.  Made In W.Va.  Blenko Glass.


Friday, January 23, 2015

More valentine days items from blenko

Update from Blenko

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VALENTINE'S DAY ITEMS
We have a great selection of tangerine items in stock and ready to ship.
These items are sure to make that special someone very happy. Many of these pieces would look great with a bouquet of red roses.
Order now and take advantage of our 10% order discount. Promo Code: HEART. Click on the special Valentine's Day section at shop.blenko.com


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Reminder: 5 days left to order Blenko hearts.

10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ONLINE PURCHASE
ENTER PROMO CODE: HEART
SALE RUNS NOW THROUGH JANUARY 31
Check out our Valentine Hearts.
Preorders being taken now. Order before January 26 to ensure delivery before Valentine's Day.
Click here: Shop.blenko.com



Monday, January 19, 2015

Marvin Lipofsky featured at San Francisco Airport Museum

Studio Glass: Studio Glass: The art of Marvin Lipofsky, Richard Marquis, John Lewis, and Elin Christopherson

An exhibition at San Francisco International Airport Museum
Departures - Level 2 - Post-Security
Through May 15, 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

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Friday, January 09, 2015

BLENKO SWEETHEART SPECIAL - 10% off entire purchase

Update from Blenko glass company. 
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BLENKO SWEETHEART SPECIAL
10% Off Your Entire Purchase
Saturday, Jan 10-31, 2015
Enter Promo Code: HEART during checkout.
Valentine hearts are now available to order in the online store.
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.
*Due to the handmade process used in making these hearts, they will vary slightly in shape, size and color.
While you are visiting our store check out the new Fire & Ice vase. Item #2015. You can see all of our new products in the "new" section of our store at shop.blenko.com



Monday, January 05, 2015

Blenko Painting

Hi Doc,

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.

Enjoy,
Bruce Specht




Saturday, January 03, 2015

Ebay Mislist Decanters

Here area a recent pair of decanters that have found their way to
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
the house.
Enjoy,
Bruce S

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy new year

Happy new year to all our readers. Below is update from blenko glass company.

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We would like to take a moment to wish all of our customers and fans a very happy new year and a heartfelt thank you for all your support over the last year.
As we close out 2014 we still have a selection of beautiful items available in our gift shop, as well as a newly stocked clearance table. The gift shop will be closed New Years Eve and New Years Day and will reopen on Friday, January 2 at 8am. We will return to Winter hours on Monday, Jan 5. If you are traveling through our area, stop by and see us.
Monday-Friday. 9am-4pm
Saturday 9am-4pm
Sunday Noon-4pm
We look forward to 2015 and watch our posts for valentine glass hearts and our upcoming Spring events including our Spring Open House on March 14 and our Annual Warehouse Sale running from March 14-28, 2015.
Have a safe, healthy and happy New Year!!