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, September 28, 2015


Recently Blog Reader D. Kumar, sent a photo of a signed piece of glass he bought at auction in Clendenin.
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. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Thinking About Christmas? Blenko has been working on Christmas 2015 ornament collection.

For several years Blenko Glass Milton, WVa has created sets of medallions for Christmas. 
This year they are very special.
BLIEVE   -  FAITH -  LOVE is spelled out on the medallion.  They are appropriate for hanging on the Christmas Tree.  
Note:  My Mom uses them in place of ribbon on Christmas Gifts.

Approx. 3" in diameter.
Three piece set, Believe in Kiwi, Faith in Blue, Love in Topaz.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Walter Blenko to Sign Glass at Replacements Inc. Sept 26

Mr. Walter Blenko ( CEO) Blenko Glass will sign glass at Replacements Inc.

We've used Replacements many times over the years to replace a piece of crystal or find the soup bowls for Nana's china pattern.
Replacements also carries Blenko Glass. 
This information was taken from the Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com  go there to read the full article.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Museum of American Glass in West Virginia.

Blog Reader Margie Hale from Conn.  a former Marshall University Graduate ( Marshall was a college then, she tells us).  Is seeking a home for her Blenko  and Huntington Glass.  
We recommend she contact the Museum of American Glass in Weston, WVa.  if for some reason this doesn't work.  The WV Culture and History Department may be interested and IF NOT the So Charleston Visitors Center has a large collection of Blenko and WV Glass -they are looking to enlarge.
Also there is EBAY, and Craig's List .  You'll need to take good photos of your glass and sent to the Museums.  If you'll send your email address to TheBLenkoProject@aol.com  I'll send the mailing addresses for these contacts.  If we can help by posting photos etc let us know.
Good Luck with your new Senior Living Facility.   I'm certain you'll dispose of the glass before the Dec 1st deadline.  HJH
Below is a description of the Museum in Weston.  My family often stops going to and from Morgantown.  The Museum is a visual candy store of glass. 
Imagine a museum dedicated to the region and nation's rich glass heritage.  A place where examples of thousands of products can be viewed and compared and where the stories of people and processes come to life!  The MAGWV provides this and much, much more.

The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia was established in Weston, West Virginia, in 1993 as a non-profit organization with a goal to discover, publish and preserve whatever may relate to the glass industry in West Virginia, the United States of America or where ever else glass has been manufactured

Saturday, September 19, 2015

John DesMeules Glass Artist at Tamarack

We have been a fan of John DesMeules for more than a decade.  He's originally from Hurricane WVa.
He is currently the Glass Artist doing glass demos and also teaching private lessons.  Lessons start at $40.
If you have an interest in glass blowing or learning more about glass making,  you'll want to check out the Tamarack  www.tamarackwv.com  website.

John DesMeules

John DesMeules is one of the few expert glass artists still operating within the state. His combination of hot glass pieces and unique blend of sandblasting techniques renders his work in a class of its own.
John learned the art of sandblasting glass over 25 years ago and added glass blowing and sculpting hot glass over 20 years ago. He has worked with and learned from some of the best known glass experts in the state.
John established his business, Glass Dimensions, in 1993. This business first located in Hurricane, WV before relocating permanently in Eleanor, WV.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Heart of Glass Blog / BLenko Glass Blog will again allow comments after Nov 1

We apologize for closing comments earlier this summer.   We expect to have new volunteers prior to 11/1 /15 and we will again allow comments.
You can of course at any time email The Blenko Project  at aol.com with your concerns, questions and photos.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Blenko Paper Weights

Past Present and Future!
Blenko makes great / awesome paper weights.
Visit the Blenko Glass gift shop - most often the paper weights are to the right of the check out station.  If you don't see paper weights ask the sales clerk.
Blenko Glass is known for its friendly, helpful staff - take advantage of this and always " ask" if you can't find what you desire.

Friday, September 11, 2015

How Does Your Waterbottle Collection Grow?

Water bottles by Blenko - prices vary for 12$ ( at the warehouse sale) to $78  (special water bottles from catalog).   
Water bottles are a popular item to collect - yearly Blenko add new colors and textures .  Most recently they started making the mini water bottle-  These miniature water bottles are the perfect stocking stuffer  or BDay gift for a neighbor.

If you don't own water bottles you'll want to view the Blenko Water Bottle blog,  and the www.blenkoglass.com websites.  Then either stop at Blenko or your favorite vintage store to begin
your collection.
Happy Hunting! 

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

In The Blenko of An Eye.

Paper Note Card designed by Diane
and available on Etsy. 

Monday, September 07, 2015

When Pigs FLY!

I' m posting this on 8/24  to be published on 9/7.
We are believing both Marshall and WVU are winners for their first home game of the 2015 season.
   Both face difficult non conference teams.

When Pigs FLY!   Someone on the radio said - both teams will win when Pigs Fly!
Pictured is a photo of a Ron Hinkle - FLYING PIG -  yearly I gift the flying pig to friends who are in difficult situations.  As a symbol of Hope, and WVa tenacity.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

WVU and Marshall Logo Items

WVU  and Marshall Logo Items are available on line from the www.blenkoglass.com  online store.
   You might also phone or drop by the Blenko GLass Gift Shop in Milton, WVa  often times these items are available.   Check out www.blenkoglass.com  The Blenko Glass on line store.   Photos from Blenko Glass.
    Note:  If you are traveling to either Huntington or Morgantown - via Charleston - Blenko Glass is located in Milton the Exit is marked BLENKO GLASS.  Stop by and get some additional items for your Football pre and post game festivities.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

A Day Without Blenko?

Saturday is WVU's first home game.  Marshall will be hosting Purdue!    For those of us who love football and WV Sports,  its going to be grand weekend.
If should NOT be a day without BLENKO GLASS  www.blenkoglass.com.   Blenko produces a number of items with the WVU and Marshall Logos.   My current favorite is the Xmas Ornaments.  I keep my WVU - Blenko on display 24/7 in my office! 
Marshall University Logo