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

Reader Help - Is this Blenko?

A longtime dear friend gifted these six tumblers to us. The elderly relative whose estate they came from was an admirer of fine glass and lived close to West Virginia. Having graduated from Alderson-Broaddus University nearly 50 years ago, we thought immediately of Blenko glass. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Family Estate - Can you help ID Glass?

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. 



Sunday, December 27, 2015

Reader Request - Lamp ID

I am trying to get some information about this lamp. It has been in my family since the 50’s. It looks exactly like 4 different lamps that are being auctioned right now on eBay in different colors and are attributed to Wayne Husted at Blenko. However, in my contacts with a Blenko Collecting Group on Facebook, there is definite consensus that this is not a Blenko lamp. I love the lamp for sentimental reasons and I have no interest in selling it. I’m simply trying to establish who made it so that I can pass the information along to my children.
Any information you could provide would be most welcomed.
Thank you in advance,

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas from Heart of Glass!

Merry Christmas from Heart of Glass!

Over the next 3 weeks we will be featuring requests for Glass Identification.
Keep a lookout for photos you may have sent in, and/or to help others ID their Blenko!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Blenko Glass Angels

In 2007  I tried to learn the origin of the Blenko Glass Angel.  I own a dozen angels,  each one is a little different .  The angel in the photo above is the most common -  the ones like this I own were made by Les Womack - a retired Blenko Foreman and glass worker  who returned for many years at Holiday Time to create the Angels.
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

Blenko Glass Snowman!

This Blenko Glass Snowman - comes in four colors and Frosted.  You'll want to own and to gift all four.
Happy Shopping.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Blenko. Blenko. Blenko. Collect but Avoid Hoardering . Ramblings...

New to Blenko Glass collecting?   Check out Blenko Glass on the web,  visit BLENKO PROJECT, Blenko Glass Collectors,  Ebay and other sites
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.

Happy Shopping! 
Blenko Glass Ornament Collection - 3 each year -  This one is from 2013.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Desperately Seeking......This Blenko Glass Item.

Blenko Glass Collector Abby Ginsburg is seeking this item.   The Blenko Devil is what my family calls this item.  It was designed by Hank Adams is a limited edition and was used as a fund raiser for a Blenko Museum housed at the time in a strip mall out west. 
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

Glass ID

Is this a blenko piece? It stands 5 inches tall, looks to be black or a very dark green glass. It also has a pattern of what looks like glass dots. I don't know how well that showed in the picture. I was told it was Blenko sawtooth, but can't find any information. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Blenko Glass ' Newest Collector / add photo***

Photo of South Carolina Collector Skip Copley and his two day old Grand daughter .  Her first gift was Blenko Glass of course.
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

Christmas Shopping Can be OVERWHELMING!

Some folks love Christmas Shopping.  For me and many others,  it is overwhelming.

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.

 A Daisy Bowl - filled with your favorite treat - could be hostess gift.
Blenko has many small ' stocking stuffer' items! 
Visit Blenko -  let me know if it was a successful visit!

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

What's New at Blenko?

Blenko Glass X-Mas Tree 

This item is not new to the Blenko Glass line.  It is an item you may purchase on line or at the Blenko Gift Shop in Milton.
Each year Blenko makes new items for the Holidays.
You'll want to visit the Gift Shop weekly during the holiday season.

Blenko Glass always handcrafted by West Virginians in West Virginia.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Blenko Glass Should be Your FIRST Stop for Xmas Shopping!

Fire and Ice

When you shop Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com  on line or at the Blenko Glass gift shop you'll find a  perfect gift for everyone on your list.   I recently bought a night light for my friends new baby.
At Blenko there is something everyone will want.
Bring your 'wish list'  to the Blenko Glass Gift Shop!

Friday, December 04, 2015

Blenko Glass Visitors Center

Blenko Glass Gift Shop located in Milton - its a factory shop.  The clearance table is filled with glass that could be Xmas gifts or added to your gift closet.

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.