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.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Below are pics of items that were from my father's estate. Family lore is that they are Blenko pieces Some bought and some given to my grandfather Howard Slater when he photographed pieces for the catalogs for the company. I've looked through catalogs and i think they are but as some don't have any markings on them, I'm not 100%. Can you please help identify and also value them if they are? Thank you so much for your guidance and assistance. Sincerely,
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Long Story - Short is Blenko workers made Angels as gifts for one another as far back as the 70s perhaps earlier but I could find documentation of and see Angels made in the 70s.
Some angels had long flowing hair - most of the older ones were crystal.
Since the mid 2000 Blenko has offered the angel pictured In the gift shop and online shop.
Angels are useful as gifts all year long.
When my friends are having difficult times - I either send a Ron Hinkle Pigs Fly, or a Blenko Angel .
Two years ago my entire family had Xmas dinner in a hospital room - with my Uncle Gale who suffers mangle cell lymphoma.
The Blenko Angel was featured prominently on the dresser in his hospital room. A sign of Hope!
A sign of a ' common love' our family has for the Blenko Factory.
This year -as he has for 20 years my Uncle Gale joined Uncle Barry to stand in line for the BLENKO GLASS WV Birthday Vase.
Blenko Angels - are like Pringle Potato Chips - You can't have JUST ONE!
Friday, December 18, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Learn as much as you can prior to buying.
Then Buy What you Love and Want To Live With!
For the last 15 months my parents have been preparing to down size. They hope to move from their 3 story home to a small rancher the end of next year. Its been difficult to go from Four Xmas tree to One.
This will be their first year without a tree devoted solely to Blenko Glass ornaments and Blenko.
Note: Three large boxes of Blenko ornaments, balls, and yearly labeled ornaments were left at the Mountain Mission earlier this month. A box of Blenko water bottles was donated to Salvation Army the week of Thanksgiving.
I'm saying this to warn new collectors about hoarding.....no one needs 40 water bottles - even if all 40 are unique in color or design. Giving these things up after age 70 is painful.
Even if you are savvy and want to sell on Ebay - as you grow older this act is also more difficult.
My parents decided to gift special pieces and donate everything else. Its not just BLENKO if you are a collector their is never one collection. For my Mom its China and silver, Dad was the Blenko person, and WVU items.
I recall being 21 and having my first place without room mates, Tammy Fowler of Trophy Antiques Charleston, WVa ( Tammy has a gift shop and conducts weekly estate sales). Tammy said to me, never buy NEW...make a list of what you want and shop estate sales with your list!
For a Blenko Collector - the vintage items are often available in estate sales, nice thing about Estate Sale is you can see and touch the vintage item and evaluate its condition.
This is the Season of Gifting....is it OK to gift a Blenko item you buy from an estate sale? YES but only if you are certain the receiver will enjoy this particular item. Other wise give them a gift card to Blenko OR a Blenko item from the Gift Shop that may be exchanged for an item they want.
|Blenko Glass Ornament Collection - 3 each year - This one is from 2013.|
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
We are not certain of the number sold - the original price ranged from 350 to 500.
If you own this item and it needs a new home. Contact Abby via this site or post your contact info for her.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
We bet she'll be visiting the factory with her G-Dad before her first Birthday.
Welcome to the world of Blenko Collecting Ava Marie.
Friday, December 11, 2015
One way to alleviate some of the stress is to do your shopping in one place. Buying LOCAL is always my first choice. Handcrafted is also on my short list.
At Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com Blenko Glass Company you will find many one of a kind items, an online store, a brick and motor store in Milton with a clearance table ( for those of us who always want a mark down).
Blenko is LOCAL, Family owned, small manufactory that continues to make quality, high quality glass....one piece at a time.
Blenko Glass could be your one stop for all Xmas Gifts.
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Sunday, December 06, 2015
Friday, December 04, 2015
Have a 'special person' you need to gift. The Blenko Glass " Golden Memories Angel' limited edito is now available.
The Mountain Spurce and Northern Lights both limited edition items are also available for purchase.
Anytime you gift blenko - its a unique gift. To gift a limited edition is a superior gift. Limited edition can be 2 to 100 - the current limited editions are "Golden Angels ' 50. Northern Lights 50,
and Mountain Spruce is limited to 40.
All three items are beautiful, and new for Xmas 2015.