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, July 28, 2015

Blenko Glass Co,. New for 2015 - Moonshine Jugs

These beauties come in three sizes and multiple colors.  You'll want a complete family of  " Moonshine Jugs"
We recommend buying as " Welcome to WVa " gifts, and for friends who have moved out of our beautiful state.
This items says "NEW" but Blenko has made a variation of the JUG since the 80s.  One year a moonshine jug was the WV Birthday Vase - if you happen to own this jug - please send us a photo.
Another lovely item of glass from BLENKO GLASS - handcrafted in West Virginia.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

BLENKO GLASS Festival Of July 31 and August 1st

Time flies doesn't it?   We've been with the Heart of Glass blog over a decade and the " Blenko Glass  Festival of Glass"  is now 8 years old!

The Festival of Glass  is  Walter Blenko creation that has grown into an event the entire State of WV looks forward to attending.

Collectors and local citizens enjoy being able to tour the factory, to view glass blowing demonstrations, to take classes in various forms of glass arts.

One big plus is the ability to have any item you purchase signed by a Blenko Family member.  You'll also get to meet Mr. Walter, Mr. Andy and their families.   Blenko Glass Company is family owned.  Once you attend the Festival of Glass you'll feel as if you are a part of this extended family.

The 8th Annual Festival of glass is to be held at Blenko Glass factory of Friday July 31 and Saturday August 1.  
Classes fill up fast - so visit the www.blenkoglass.com website to sign up or phone Blenko Glass.

Everyone is WELCOME! 
photo from 2007 Blenko Glass Collectors Society  event - Blenko - Walter & Bill, Wayne Husted.
* photo from Dr Susan Baldock 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Blenko Glass Company 2015 New this year - Helix

You may read descriptions of this item and order on the Blenko Glass Company website.
New for 2015 - available in three colors.
The cost is $175 plus shipping.

This one is certain to become a classic.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Gratitude is the hearts memory.

French Proverb :  Gratitude is the Hearts Memory.

Blog Reader Mountain Rita often writes of her gratitude to Mr Bill Blenko for his kindness during her visits to West Virginia and the factory, to Mr Richard Blenko for his charm and his generosity in including her ' an over middle age west coast bisexual' for a group lunch at a local pub.  She also frequently expresses her gratitude to Mr. Walter Blenko - who at an age when many would be enjoying retirement infused Blenko Glass Company -Mountain Rita writes often to comment on the Blenko Glass men and and women, the craftsmen who always see a bigger brighter future for Blenko !   Mountain Rita writes there are no negative nellies at Blenko!

If you aren't  gifting Made In West Virginia items - Why Not?
Blenko Glass is active and the products are better than ever. 
www.blenkoglass.com  for on line catalog and often coupons.

Thank you for shopping BLENKO GLASS CO  Milton, WVa.

To learn more about Blenko Glass visit www.blenkoproject.org .

Saturday, July 18, 2015


Blenko Glass Company yearly host a GLASS EVENT ....  its coming up very soon.
Many glasses are being offered...
We'll post additional information as Blenko Glass sends it to us.

We do know Ernie Downey will be teaching several jewelry making classes!  These classes fill up very quickly, if you are interested I recommend phoning BLENKO GLASS today.

Photo of an Ernie Downey pendant  - One I'd very much like to own.
You won't be making anything quiet this nice - - but last year the ladies and gentlemen were very pleased with their creations. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Agnes de Mille wrote " Destiny is made known silently"  " No trumpets sound when important decisions  of  life are made."

Blenko Glass  Company from Bankruptcy to a Most Prosperous Era.

Thank you for your continued support of BLENKO GLASS COMPANY  www.blenkoglass.com.
Blenko Glass - made in West Virginia. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Extra class for blenko pumpkin

Festival of Glass
Due to its extreme popularity, we have added an extra "Make your own "Pumpkin" on Saturday, Aug 1 starting at 8:30. This class is already filling fast so if you are interested, give us a call tomorrow morning to sign up. You may call 877-425-3656.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Blenko festival of glass

Below is update on upcoming Festival of Glass. Making glass is not easy. It takes a lot of time, patience and practice. I have been blowing glass for 2 years now, and I still learn new things every day. Once you make glass, you see glass differently and appreciate the skill that goes into making a piece even more. Blenko has glass making classes, please sign up to experience what glass making feels like.

Festival of Glass
Many of our classes have already sold out, but we still have openings in the following classes:
Blown Ornament
Mug Vase---very limited
Small dalle mosaic
Etched jewelry
Stacked dichroic jewelry
Glass chimes-rectangle
Glass chimes-rings
Stepping Stone Mosaic
Glass workshop on July 31
To sign up call 877-425-3656

Thursday, July 09, 2015

State College Festival of Arts: July 9 to July 12

State College PA is having its annual festival of arts this week. From Thursday to Sunday. They also have bluegrass festival during the same time, and boalsburg arts festival featuring more local artists. IF you can, please make it to the festival. Several glass artists come here from all over US to showcase their work.


Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Blenko Glass Company

Blenko Glass.  
My nana always said " Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."   My nana Limoge luncheon plates are from a different era but are appreciated by my friends and I.   Each time I use them I think of
my nana and how much she likes these plates.

BLENKO GLASS  vinage and NEW can provide this same enjoyment and cherish memories decade after decade.
Bring your children and grandchildren with you to BLENKO allow them to learn more about the locally made glass.   Allow them to see how much you treasure your Blenko.
Teach them to look without touching, and later on teach them the proper way  to clean  and care for the Blenko.

This is how memories are made.   Blenko Glass was created to work  to be used and enjoyed in your home.

Thank you for purchasing Blenko Glass.  www.blenkoglass.com.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Act Two - Blenko Glass

Act One -  Sets the Scene

Act Two - Wiser - more experienced - open to change - courageous and Ready for Continued Success!

In a 80s best seller a feminist wrote of ACT II in life -  the above characteristics were given by her.
They are perhaps true for Blenko!

Mr Walter Blenko ( prominent patent attorney) and Mr. Arlon Bayliss ( glass artist and renown designer) are guiding BLenko glass using the most talented Blenko employees in Blenko
's Act II.

If you are considering a BLENKO GLASS COLLECTION  this is a great time to start.

So many websites devoted to collecting Blenko,  google Blenko Glass to find one.
The Blenko Collectors are back together and are now on Facebook - you'll want to join.
Many webpages are devoted to the collections  of Blenko.  We have a few of what we consider to be the best at our Blenko Project website www.blenkoproject.org .   Looking at collections often inspires new collectors to search for particular items and to upgrade their on going collections.

Warning - Blenko Can Be Addictive!

Note: If you are searching for a piece of Blenko - let us know and we'll pass this info on our mailing list.
We also have a list of WV BIrthday Vases for sale.
The  Blenko Project.  theblenkoproject@aol.com

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Blenko Glass - Helps to Make Life Simple!

William Morris founder of Arts n Crafts Movement wrote:
" Have nothing in your home that you do not KNOW to be USEFUL and BEAUTIFUL!

Blenko is always useful - its made in a factory - usually hand blown into a mold or free formed by the craftsman.   Blenko is always beautiful!

Blenko is perfect in the Arts n Crafts ( think Frank Lloyd Wright) or a Victorian Home - Blenko is
unique, colorful and 'fits in most anywhere.'

My nana always said " beauty is in the eye of the beholder" 

If you don't own Blenko Glass.  May I suggest you visit the TAMARACK
www.tamarackwv.com  in Beckly WVa,  the Blenko Glass Co in Milton, WVa.  www.blenkoglass.com  or visit the Blenko Project pages of owners glass collections  www.blenkoproject.org .

Thank you for buying Blenko Glass!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

What Women Want....

The great question...which I have not been able to answer despite my 30 years of research into the feminine soul is " what does a Woman want?"
Sigmund Freud

Dr Freud,

WOMEN WANT BLENKO!   Blenko Glass Company located in Milton West Virginia
Blenko is made in WVa by West Virginians.

To learn more about Blenko Glass  visit the www.blenkoglass.com Blenko Glass Company website and www.blenkoproject.org  Blenko Project website.