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 28, 2016
As a child - I would take my allowance to Blenko each month and purchase a Blenko critter - many were made with molds, or made by hand by glass blowers - at this time the blenko craftsmen were allowed to sell their individual creations in the gift shop.
It isn't necessary to collector to attend.
Bring your family - visit Blenko -
During the ENTIRE month of March Blenko makes an effort to produce a true zoo of glass animals. We look back to molds and ideas from our past as well as reaching forward. Join us any time in March at our Visitors Center to explore our glass menagerie. A wide selection is also offered on line or by calling our visitors center to inquire what is on hand.
We have started making Glass Animals for our March "Animal Kingdom" event. We are searching high and low in the factory to find any old molds of animal. And we are making a few, a limited number of each. We will offer them in the Visitor Center beginning March 1, 2017. You may call then to order. For now- be assured we are exploring, creating and having fun making both molded and free hand animals for your consideration in March.
Check the www.blenkoglass.com for updates about this event and perhaps photos of items being made.
We'll also update as we get new info.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
This year in May they'll host the 2nd annual Blenko Glass Garden Party!
I'm suggesting you gift this to the gardener, the mom, the new home owner, your friends who might enjoy an evening on a quiet lake surrounded by glass and handcrafted walls of wood and glass. Its the weekend after Mother's Day - so if you don't phone Blenko today and schedule the Friday evening event. You may choose to do so in early 2017 and use the gift for V-Day or Mother's Day.
Gifting an event - making a memory!
Blenko Glass in the Garden Show, Sale & Party-May 26 & 27, 2017
Sales and exhibits in the Blenko Glass Garden at lake side. To be held the weekend after Mother’s Day annually. Special Garden Party Friday evening, an advance fee applies for this event only. Special Garden Party Hat decorating contest w/ Blenko special made prizes Friday evening. All Saturday events open to the public at No charge. Exhibits, sales, garden ideas. Special Blenko products made for display in the garden will be offered for sale.
Monday, December 19, 2016
Will my glass increase in value. I'm frequently ask this question. My response is, buy only what you love and want to live with. Then increase or decrease in value is unimportant. Today I received this note from GD.
Hillary I hope you will publish this.
Friend ask why collect Blenko - it does not increase in price, it breaks and its made in WVa why not Italian Glass or Waterford they increase.
I'm attaching a photo and offer to sell a pair of Anderson Blenko bottles. I have four of these my Nene bought from Blenko long ago - we thought they might be worth couple hundred now she paid less than $25 @ at the 2nds store ran by Marion Blenko.
Today I found this. Please pass along so others will know. 1) Check the prices before you sell. 2) Blenko does increase in price - when the design and color are good - the increase can be large.
Gloria W Dodd see attached offer
Pair of Crackle Glass Decanters by Winslow Anderson for Blenko
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Tuesday, December 20 & Wednesday, December 21.
At our Vsitor Center Gift Shop.
Last minute shoppers who are still looking for that perfect gift, let Blenko Glass help you with our 2 Day Last Minute shopper event that will be held in our Visitor Center store on Tuesday December 20 and Wednesday, December 21. On Tuesday, Walter Blenko Jr. will be present to hand sign your glass purchases from 10am to 12noon and from 1:30pm until 4pm. All glass in the store will be 15% Off Tuesday and On Wednesday, December 21 we celebrate the first day of Winter as we continue our 15% Off Sale. Hours of operation both days are 9am to 5pm. Visit Blenko and see our new small cast glass Santa, our selection of glass trees, ornaments, snowmen and much more… A unique gift of handmade glass is guaranteed to brighten someone's day!
Folks there are 10-15% off coupons on the Blenko Glass Company Facebook page and Blenko Glass website.
Info From: TM Blenko Glass Facebook
|Blenko Glass Notecard - Available on Etsy|
Saturday, December 17, 2016
For those of us who know and love Blenko Glass products it has long been a way of life.
Blenko Glass has "something" handcrafted, often one of a kind for each person on your gift list.
IF you live within driving distance of Milton, WVa I would suggest you take a road trip, and visit the gift shop. IF NOT then go to www.blenkoglass.com web pages and shop. If you have a question
phone or use the email link. Connie James will get back to you with an answer within 5-6 hours.
Blenko is a small glass factory with a VERY Good CUSTOMER SERVICE department. It's my believe that everyone from Mr Walter Blenko, Dean Six to the factory maintance man is involved in customer service. Blenko always appreciates your business and your suggestions, your comments, your involvement. You are important to BLENKO!
In 2005 I was quoted as saying 'Blenko is a family...and we encourage you to become a part of our family." The same is true today. You'll never meet nicer people than the folks who make, design, sell and collect Blenko Glass.
If this is your first BLENKO Glass Holiday Shopping experience I'd like to hear from you.
Thank you for reading and for shopping Blenko Glass.
|One of my favorite Bayliss Designs|
Friday, December 16, 2016
Thanks to TM for sharing this with our readers.
|Blenko Glass Water Bottle|
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
|Photo - Texas Blenko Collection|
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Blenko Cobalt Blue Vase or Carafe
A beautiful piece that will add to your décor!
Friday, December 02, 2016
Tangerine coloration will vary both light and dark. No two pieces are exactly alike.
6" Tall, 16 oz.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Our very own Katie Lee is on Today giving Turkey Day hints and recipes.
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY - PRIDE OF WEST VIRGINIA Marching Band Is in the Macy's Parade - 9:45 is the time we should be seeing them.
Tomorrow November 25 - Blenko Will Be OPEN!
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Recently I had the privilege of interviewing a local Scientific Glassblower, Mike Hale of MATRIC.
Scientific glassblowers provide highly specialized glass apparatus for use in laboratory work. A West Virginia native, Mr. Hale is the only glassblower working in Research and Development in the state.
Watch the blog later in the week for opportunity to buy some of Mr. Hale's holiday pieces!
Do you know of any other scientific glass blowers in WV?
What types of items do you make for work?
Do you have any favorite pieces you have created?
Sunday, November 20, 2016
If you aren't using your Blenko. Please start. Blenko is factory glass, made to be used.
It is durable.
It probably should not be put in the dishwasher, but can be used year after year for serving. The key is to rinse and wash and dry after use.
If you are hosting the Turkey Day meal, consider BLENKO as an addition to your formal place settings.
Our family is Wedgewood Runnymede
|Blenko Glass scallop bowl|
|Blenko Glass cabbage bowl|
Photos of Bowls currently available at Blenko.
Many additional colors are available.
When you purchase a BLENKO GLASS bowl you are purchasing piece of West Virginia history and a bowl that will last your life time.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
November 25, 2016
A one day sale held in the Visitors Center on the traditional Friday after Thanksgiving. This kicks off our seasonal holiday sales with limited editions available Friday. Classes include blown vases, ornaments and more. This is when our large choir of handmade angels and snowmen appear in the Visitors Center. We strive for special seasonal gifts and thoughtful glass gifts for giving. Come see!
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
What's new is the color. This is a beautiful vase. A unique for Blenko color combination.
This is another of the 'must purchase' items
10 1/2" Tall
Monday, November 14, 2016
In November 2015, the Glass Art Society and Chihuly Garden and Glass partnered to conduct an in-depth study of the state of glass art in America with the intent of researching the most active regions for glass art, and providing a benchmark to measure future growth and trends in the industry.
GMA Research firm was brought on to administer the study nationwide. The project included two phases -- a research phase that included in-depth interviews with industry leaders (collectors, gallery owners, educators, artists, etc.) and two surveys (one for the general public and one for Glass Art Society membership.
More than 2,200 people from across the nation responded, providing a statically accurate sample of the US population. The special exhibit at SOFA CHICAGO will be the first full presentation of the research findings including the top five trends from the study affecting the glass community at large, and works of art to elucidate those trends from galleries exhibiting at SOFA.
Artists represented in order of listing: Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI (Muzylowski Allen and Eskuche); Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Presented by the Glass Art Society in conjunction with the SOFA CHICAGO Special Exhibit Landscape of Glass in America
If you have the opportunity I would suggest attending this event.
We've gone a few times. Meeting some of your favorite artist is one of the perks of
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016
I broke a sapphire blue fiestaware from WVa. sandwich plate.
Want desperately to replace the plate, was told by Homer Laughlin it is not available since the 90s and then only sold by one NYC store.
Can you help me locate?
I am publishing your request. Have you considered Replacements Ltd?
(800) REPLACE or (800) 737-5223.
If any blog readers response I'll publish the response for Abigal.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
|Blenko Glass Chess Piece|
In 1999 my Dad paid $750 for this chess piece ( or one of the original chess pieces) This item is certain to increase in price.
I don't often encourage new collectors to purchase, this is the exception. Buy several if you can afford the cost.
$178 plus shipping.
Check www.blenkoglass.com for colors and exact price
Monday, November 07, 2016
Nov. 12, 2016 Saturday evening
We challenge our talented glass artisans to make special pieces for you as well as digging out examples of developmental pieces crafted as we explore each years new designs. These are unique, fun and special designs. All objects sold to the highest bidder. Items listed on the internet two weeks in advance. Telephone bids may be left prior to the day before the auction by calling Blenko. Event held within the historic Blenko factory. Call for more detail close to the event date.
Saturday, November 05, 2016
12" Diameter, 6" Tall
In Clover/Tangerine Fade
The daisy bowl in large and small have been around for decades. The 'new' is the color combo...this one is clover with a tangerine fade.
A unique one of a kind bowl for $55 plus shipping .
|Daisy Bowl in clover/tangerine fade|
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
|Texas Collection - miniatures|
Some more older Blenko designs are these miniatures. For those folks with limited display room these are a wonderful way to brighten a windowsill. From the left you have a Blenko #3516F in Tangerine, Blenko #3516C in Cobalt, Blenko #3516B in Amber, Blenko #3516A in Sea Green, and a Blenko #3516G in Ruby. These are the earliest Miniatures that Blenko produced. The later designers, especially Husted, would design several groups of their own distinct miniature designs for Blenko.
Hope you and the readers enjoy,
Monday, October 31, 2016
|Blenko Glass Snowman|
Then Blenko Glass very wisely added them to the line .
Les Womack ( retired Factory Foreman ) was one of the best creators of snowmen and angels.
Until the mid 2000's he returned yearly to make enough of these for the Xmas season.
Currently Blenko has many craftsmen who make these Holiday Figures.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
|Thank You to Travis Mounts for this post.|
Friday, October 21, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Offered for Fall 2016 are our 6'' October Blush pumpkins. Made by layering two different gathers of glass, this is an entirely distinct look from all prior Blenko pumpkins. Each has a hand applied green glass stem atop the fading orange to amber over milk white interior pumpkin. Each is marked Blenko and 2016. The interior glass reacts with the surface color creating minor striations and swirls of great intrigue in the subtle shading. A sincerely marvelous piece of handmade American glass. Available for a limited time only. Do not delay.
|New Blenko Glass Pumpkin|