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, February 17, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
|The Blenko Glass Fish - Perfect for All|
|Glass squirrel for the Hunter in Your Life|
|Handcrafted Card - Perfect for Valentine's Day - from Etsy|
|Red Glass Hearts - WV Glass Makers |
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
WILLIAM HENRY BLENKO JR., 94, of Milton, W.Va., passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016, at his residence. Born in 1921, he was a son of the late William Henry Blenko Sr. and Marion Hunt from the famous Hunt Stained Glass Studios. William attended Milton High School and was named valedictorian in 1938. He played on the Milton High School basketball team as forward and center at 5'11". He attended the prestigious Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he was asked to join Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. While there, he played intramural sports and played a big role in winning the intramural championship in basketball. When World War II began, he patriotically volunteered for the Army Air Corps and trained at Yale. He was commissioned as a First Lieutenant and was stationed to the East Anglia Air bases. William served at Honnington Air Field, England, and at Thetford, England. It was during this time in the Air Corps that he met Jeanne Margaret Deakin, of Oadby, England, who was in the Royal Air Force. They were married in Pittsburgh in 1946. William became the third generation to work at Blenko Glass Company in Milton, W.Va. He was a lifelong member of the VFW, the Lions Club, The Ceramic Society and was an avid Marshall sports fan. He became president of the Blenko Glass Company in 1969 with the death of his father. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Jeanne Deakin Blenko, his son William Blenko III, close friends Robert Stein of Chicago, Hinton Richmond, Hollis Griffith and Nestor Logan. He is survived by his son Richard and Marty Blenko and his sister-in-law Cathleen Cooper of Leicester, England. A private ceremony was held on February 8, 2016. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Hospice of Huntington. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.heckfuneralhome.com. - See more at:
Monday, February 08, 2016
Blenko Glass is handcrafted in West Virginia. www.blenkoglass.com
Sunday, February 07, 2016
My maw maw passed this past year. I inherited and do not want her West Virginia and Ohio glass. Its a bunch of odd n ends except for the State Birthday Vases.
She has the first four and the last eight.
I have been told the first ones are worth about 1,000 each and the later ones about $500.
Is this accurate? Will you help us find someone who needs these?
Blenko and most other vintage glass is worth whatever another is willing to pay. I will post your note. If you will send photos - I'll add these.
Most collectors will want to see the bottom and a good quality photo of the entire piece.
Thank you for reading.
If you want to learn more about Blenko Glass -- the history and also learn about collecting, may I suggest The Blenko Project, another good site is Blenko Glass Collectors - Blenko Four, and of course the Blenko Glass Company website and facebook pages devoted to Blenko.
|She has 1980 - 84|
|She has 2012 - 2015|
Friday, February 05, 2016
Should you have a good item that is a duplicate for you, or that you no longer love. We may be able to help. Please send photo, description and a contact info and we'll post the photo. Our readers, many of whom just began ( 1-5 years) collecting and are in need of older and unique colors of Blenko.
Please send to TheBlenkoProject@aol.com
Sample of Ideal Valentine's Day Gift - Card and Blenko!
|Blenko Glass - Martini Pitcher|
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Monday, February 01, 2016
If you haven't been....may I suggest you mark this event in your calendar and attempt to attend.
Each year they sell Artist Proofs, odd ball glass, 2nds and many items that are just discontinued.
While I have not been in several years, each year many readers write to speak of the beautiful and VERY NICELY PRICED items they purchased.
My parents used to go yearly and buy gifts for their entire office staffs. During this event, one can obtain Blenko Glass water bottles for as low as $16.... consider buying in bulk for your gift closet.
Each year I receive a letter from the Conner family -- they bring their van and fill it with items to
resell on EBay and Etsy.
For the exact dates and times please phone 304 743 9081 - check www.blenkoglass.com Blenko Glass website, or the Blenko Collectors on face book.
|Photo from Conner Family - Warehouse Sale 2015|
We welcome you to become a part of the Blenko Family.*
Our goal is to raise awareness of the wonderful handcrafted glass available in West Virginia.
We will attempt to assist you with documenting your glass, finding new homes for your glass.
Thank you for reading and for your continued interest in Blenko Glass.
* Blenko Glass website.