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 03, 2016

Loss of great glass artist, Marvin Lipofsky

Marvin Lipofsky, Who Raised Blown Glass To High Art, Dead At 77
Marvin Lipofsky, a founder of the studio-glass movement, which took blown glass from the realm of interior decoration and functionality and showed its potential as a fine-arts medium, died on Jan. 15 in Oakland, Calif. He was 77.
For years we heard stories fro m Shorty Finley, and Jessie Carpenter about the ‘design boys’  who came with Joel Myers to do factory work.   They spoke of how kind and supportive the designers  were to the factory men.   They all went fishing and bowling and bonded in Milton.
Shorty Finley and Marvin Lipofsky were reunited via phone after I met Marvin and Henry Halem http://www.henryhalem.com/ in Pittsburgh ( 2009).  
Marvin Lipofsky and Henry Halem spoke of their time in West Virginia and the workers with great delight – as if it were yesterday.
Marvin Lipofsky was a wonderful presenter, a beyond wonderful glass designer, and a good friend to everyone who knew him.
Over the years, he has provided this blog with photos from Blenko during his tenture and documents about Joel Myers.  Marvin Lipofsky loved  the process of making glass art and immediately bonded and became teacher, mentor, friend to others sharing his interest.
We feel blessed to have known him.


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