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, November 26, 2015
5 1/2" high approx. Ltd to 50 numbered pieces in the gift shop.
Vase 8" high Ltd. to 40 numbered pieces in the gift shop $37.00
Pitcher 8" high Ltd. to 40 numbered pieces in the gift shop $42.00
If purchased together $75.00 for the set (5% discount)
Friday, Nov 27 8am-11:30, 1:30-4pm
Saturday, Nov 28 9:30-11:30, 1:00-3:30
Thursday, November 19, 2015
At our homes the PUMPKINS come out in mid September...as the leaves begin to turn. We put them away only as we begin to decorate for Christmas!
This year I purchased four fresh pumpkins for a carving party. The cost was nearly $40.
This made me realize how inexpensive it is to own BLENKO GLASS Pumpkins. Each year we bring out our collection of pumpkins - orange - yellow - combinations of orange and yellow and a gold pumpkin ( unique almost like a frosted gold lame ) I have pumpkins dating back to grade schools years.
This year consider purchasing a Blenko Glass Pumpkin ( under $65) large or small they now come in a variety of colors. Patchwork, Vintage, Autumn.
Blenko Glass Company blenkoglass on line catalog to order your pumpkins.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
As a child, I remember my Mom purchasing copies of woodblock prints by Barrie Kaufman, I knew of her as the wife of Senator then Judge Todd Kaufman - who was my Dad's friend.
Barrie Kaufman is doing a large scale project - using the images of WATER DROPS designed by Kaufman and created by Kaufman and Randy Rider.
To read more about this - visit Barrie Kaufman's website - Also the Charleston Newspaper did a story with photos.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
I have two questions. #1) Does Blenko continue to make lamps - also how much do they cost?
#2) I am sending you a photo of a set of lamps I want to purchase, the are $3K+ but lovely, however, if Blenko is still making them does this decrease the value?
Thank you for your response.
Raj Kumar MD
Blenko continues to make glass lamps. Charlie Harshbarger would be the contact person
at Blenko Glass. As to the cost of lamps - they vary with the size, color and shape. If you are seriously interested I would suggest phoning or driving to Blenko Glass.
My parents collect Hinkle Lamps - made in WVa. to view these google Hinkle Glass.
I do not know if Blenko is currently making the lamps ( in your photo) I am posting the photo so perhaps someone else will have an answer for you.
We don't work for Blenko. We like you appreciate the handcrafted glass and enjoy Blenko very much. May I invite you to visit WVa and Blenko Glass. Our State Tourism Bureau can provide you with a list of 'all things glass' in WVa and the Tamarack Center located in Beckley WVa is a show house for WVa Handcrafted items. Many Blenko items are for sale at Tamarack.
Thank you for shopping Blenko. Again, contact the factory. Everyone associated with Blenko Glass is customer friendly.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
When we have additional info we will post along with a link.
Many of the original WV Birthday Collectors are the age of my parents early 70s - this collection started in 1980.
We would expect to see a few more WV Birthday Collections becoming available in the next 4-5 years.
The collection is very large - and not all families have space to properly display such a collection.
IF You own this collection and must part with it - may I suggest you consider donating the collection.
We prefer the WV Glass Museum in Weston, The WVa Cultural Center, or Blenko Glass ( Blenko doesn't have the entire collection on display) it would be very fitting to see this large long term collection on permanent display at Blenko Glass.
Should you need assistance with contacting the appropriate people for donation, please send us an email and we'll assist you with this gift.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Sunday, November 08, 2015
At Blenko Glass - Shorty Finley ( who along with Jessie Carpenter) were considered the best
finisher / blower / and creative characters.
Shorty Finley and Jessie Carpenter both were part of the 70s Factory Glass movement. Both accompanied Don Shepperd ( the Blenko Designer) to give lectures and demos at Universities.
During this time Shorty Finley created several STAR WAR pieces - he designed a Chess Set
with Star War Characters, and he made 5 free standing Star Wars characters out of glass.
We are adding photos of the STAR WAR couple ( which is for sale on line at $1200, ) and a single Star War character ( also on sale for $500 on line) and a photo of an individual chess piece ( not for sale).
The factory workers at Blenko like much of America was enamored with STAR WARS.
We are delighted to learn these pieces survived the 40 years since production.
For those of you who are not STAR WARS fans the following paragraph is from WIKI
Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series created by George Lucas. It depicts the adventures of various characters "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away", following the main story of Anakin Skywalker and his son Luke.
The first film in the series, Star Wars (later subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope), was released on May 25, 1977 by 20th Century Fox and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. It was followed by the similarly-successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983); these three films constitute the original Star Wars trilogy. A prequel trilogy was later released between 1999 and 2005, which received a more mixed reaction from critics and fans compared to the original trilogy. All six films were nominated for or won Academy Awards, and were commercial successes, with a combined box office revenue of $4.38 billion, making Star Wars the fifth-highest-grossing film series. The series has spawned an extensive media franchise—the Expanded Universe—including books, television series, computer and video games, and comic books, resulting in significant development of the series's fictional universe. Star Wars also holds a Guinness World Records title for the "Most successful film merchandising franchise." In 2012, the total value of the Star Wars franchise was estimated at USD $30.7 billion (£19.51 billion), including box-office receipts as well as profits from their video games and DVD sales.
In 2012, The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and announced three new Star Wars films, with the first film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, planned for release on December 18, 2015.20th Century Fox retains the physical distribution rights to the first two Star Wars trilogies, owning permanent rights for the original 1977 film and holding the rights to Episodes I–III, V and VI until May 2020. The Walt Disney Studios owns digital distribution rights to all the Star Wars films, excluding A New Hope.
|Shorty Finley - much like Randy Rider ( current Blenko Employee) always stood out - the work ethic, the devotion to Blenko...the skill. It was visible.|
|Shorty Finley and the Star Wars - 1980|