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.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
The show and sale is from 10 am to 3 pm. Set-up for the sale is free, but tables must be reserved in advance with MAG. The event is free and open to the public.
The museum is located at 230 Main Street in Weston WV, 26452. For more information contact 304-269-5006, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.magwv.com.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Subject: Fwd: Will you give this to my Daddy?
This is a great story, but the end is really great. I am starting to do it tomorrow - Friday. Maybe you would like to do it too. Forward this to your friends. It would be wonderful to have thousands do this every Fri.As a Company, Southwest Airlines is going to support 'Red Fridays.'Last week I was in Atlanta, Georgia attending a conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest acts of patriotism I have ever seen.Moving through the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camos. As they began heading to their gate, everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering.When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and cheered for, it hit me. I'm not alone. I'm not the only red-blooded American who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families.Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we can go to school, work and home without fear or reprisal.Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our service men and women, a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old, ran up to one of the male soldiers. He kneeled down and said, "hi."The little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her.The young soldier, who didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her Daddy. Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek.The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter's name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine and had been in Iraq for 11 months now. As the mom was explaining how much her daughter, Courtney, missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up.When this temporarily single mom was done explaining her situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second. Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a military-looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it..After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, "I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to you." He then huggged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying, "your daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon."The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet, he saluted Courtney and her mom. I was standing no more than 6 feet away from this entire event.As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, there were very few dry eyes, including my own. That young soldier in one last act of selflessness, turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it's good to be an American.RED FRIDAYS ----- Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday . The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority." We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers.We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions. Many American, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of Americans supports our troops.Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that.. Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will wear something red.By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers.If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever; certainly more than the media lets on.The first thing a soldier says when asked, "What can we do to make things better for you?" is...We need your support and your prayers.Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear something red every Friday.WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED ---- SO WEAR RED! --- MAY GOD HELP AMERICA TO BECOME ONE NATION, UNDER GOD.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Here are more photos of glass I made this month. I have been trying to make the perfect roman handle for more than 5 weeks now. So I decided to practice all on one piece. The one on right has 14 handles on it.
I hope you and the readers like them.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
|Blenko Friends - I just learned that Deobrah Allen Passed away. Am very saddened by this.|
The Blenko Lady From Georgia
The Blenko Project www.blenkoproject.org began while I was an undergrad at WVU - almost ten years ago.
The Blenko Collectors Group was very active at this time, many men and women with vast knowledge of Blenko and WV Glass boldly stepped forward to assist me. Deborah Allen was one of the first to offer her assistance.
Deborah Allen knows and loves Blenko Glass. She and her beloved husband Rod Allen, have a unique and vast collection of excellent quality Blenko. Deb has been featured in news articles, and has written for publication about Blenko, she frequently spoke to large groups of people on the subject of Blenko Glass. If you collected Blenko during the BCS you would recall Deb Allen as she was often a featured speaker at Blenko Collector group meetings.
What I remember most about my meetings with Deb was enthusiasm, her knowledge, her willingness to share, and her genuine love of Blenko. She knew the history of each item, many times she could tell you what shop made the item. While it was no secret Deb,a true Southern Lady had a favorite Blenko Designer. She was loyal to the brand. Not just a 'cheerleader' for handmade in WVa Glass but a person devoted to educating others about handmade WVa Glass. Deborah and Rodney bought and displayed quality Blenko made by all the Blenko Designers.
Deb Allen was a big part of 'the living encyclopedia of Blenko Glass.' Cards may be sent to the address below. I'll work on getting an email address posted.
Thank You HJH
|Deborah Allen, 4174 Reef Rd., Marietta GA 30066|
|Deb Allen giving a seminar on Blenko at the PSDGC show in Atlanta, last summer.|
Friday, March 20, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
(Clover, Spring Green, Kiwi)
Monday, March 16, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Clearance items Buy One Get one 1/2 price.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Due to the overwhelming amount of positive comments we received about the "Jelly Bean" Bunny, we have decided to increase the number available for sale in the gift shop to 40.
We will have 50 available for online ordering starting at noon EST on March 16.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
(March 14 - 28, 2015)
Once again we will be offering amazing deals as we open our warehouse to the general public only during this yearly event. Cash, check, and all major credit cards are accepted and parking will be available at the warehouse and in front of the factory. Come in early for the best selection. Inventory over-runs discounted 30% - 70% off, Buy 1 get 1 free offer on select Dalle de Verre slab glass products and 70% off all Antique Sheet Glass products while quantities last. Limited availability on specialty colors and designs. Prices as marked. No additional discounts or coupons.
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm
(Saturday, March 14, 9am - 4pm)
Along with our Annual Warehouse Sale, our Annual Spring Open House Event will also be held at our Visitor Center Store on Saturday, March 14. Visitors will be able to participate in a variety of classes (fees apply) and three new Limited Edition Items will go on sale Saturday, March 14 at 9am at the Visitor Center Store. (tickets will be passed out at the door). Each piece is limited and hand numbered. Limited 2 per style per person. Limited Edition Items can be seen below.
(On sale March 14 at 9am at Visitor Center Store)
"Spring Daffodil" Vases
This design absolutely shouts Spring with Green, Yellow and Orange coloration rising up through these Crystal vases resulting in a beautiful one of a kind design. 40 numbered vases in each design will be available.
Tall 10 1/2'' Vase: $50 each
Short 6 3/4'' Vase: $47 each
"Jelly Bean" Bunny
A true piece of Easter inspired art, the "Jelly Bean" Bunny is completely hand-formed with a twist of pastel colors in it's belly. 40 of these approx. 6 3/4'' tall, numbered bunnies will be available.
"Jelly Bean" Bunny:
(Monday, March 16 at 12 noon EST)
For our customers who can't visit us in person. We will be offering 50 of our Limited Edition "Jelly Bean" Bunnies as well as 40 of our new Limited Edition ''Spring Daffodil'' pieces in both the 10 1/2'' and 6 3/4'' designs for online purchase Monday, March 16 at 12 noon Eastern time, 9am Pacific time at shop.blenko.com. Each piece is limited and hand numbered. Limit 2 per style per person. No phone orders will be accepted. Shipping charges will be calculated at the time of shipment. No special number requests will be taken, numbers will be assigned as orders are received.
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Here is a list of special factory events and dates.
Saturday, June 20
*Special VC Hours
Friday, June 19
Friday & Saturday,
July 31 & August 1
(Saturday, March 14)
$35.00 per person
Class times: Approx. 9:30am-11:30am & 12:15pm-2:15pm
Back by popular demand we will have our Make Your Own Easter Egg class. Each person will work with our craftsman to create two multi-colored glass Easter eggs.
$65.00 per person
Class times: Approx. 9:30am-11:30am & 12:15pm-2:15pm
You will work with our artisans performing each step required to create a beautiful optic vase.
Glass Painting & Tumbled Glass Mosaic
$10.00 per person
Ongoing class upstairs in the gift shop 8:30am-2:00pm
Use your imagination to create unique, one of a kind pieces of art.
$5 off This coupon can be redeemed for $5 off a purchase of $25 or more at our Visitor Center Store. Limit one coupon per customer per purchase. Coupons can not be combined with any other offer. Discounts not valid on Limited Edition items, online purchases or Warehouse Sale purchases. Not Valid during 15% discount events.
ONLY VALID IN GIFT SHOP.
Offer Expires: April 30, 2015
Sunday, March 08, 2015
Class times are 9:30 and 12:45.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Limited Edition Items
Tickets will be handed out at the door. Each piece will be numbered.
Andy Blenko will be on hand to sign your pieces at scheduled times throughout the day.
6 3/4" Tall approx.
Current plans are to have 25 available for purchase in the gift shop and 50 available to purchase online Monday, March 16 at 12noon EST. (This could change depending on how our production goes). We will keep you updated on the qty available as the event gets closer.
Tall vase. 10 1/2" tall. $50.00 each
Short vase. 6 3/4" tall. $47.00 each
40 of each vase will be available in the gift shop on March 14 at 9am
Tickets will be handed out at the door. Each piece hand numbered.