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.

Friday, April 15, 2016


  Since before my birth, (30+years ago)  we've had Blenko Glass in our yard.  The birdfeeders are Blenko Bowls,  the bird bath is a Blenko Pedestal with big bowl on top.  The stepping stones are sun face ashtrays...the garden uses Blenko Glass brick instead of concrete pavers...we have Blenko Fish, birds, owls, turtles, frogs all enjoying the garden...year after year.  

   This weekend is the WVa Master Gardeners' Annual Meeting - Greenbrier County is hosting.  The gardeners will meet on Friday - Sunday.     You can be certain my Dad offered Blenko Glass for the silent auction and he'll be promoting BLENKO in the Garden with photos of his own creations.  My Dad firmly believes that BLENKO GLASS and Gardening are addictive,  positive addictions and the marriage of the two is spectacular. 

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   Dean Six  was a new addition to the BLENKO GLASS staff this year.  Most of you will be familiar with Dean's dynamic personality and endless energy and  vast knowledge of American Glass ...from his work at Replacements .Com and also the WV Museum of American Glass in Weston. Dean is a well known author, his latest book is
West Virginia Glass Towns - Dean Six in Books, Nonfiction. 
   One of Dean's suggestion for Blenko - was an upgrade to the Glass Garden - inside the walls and the entry way.  Many of you ( 6-10) will remember working as volunteers in the garden in 2009 -2011.   This area was in need of upgrading and Dean Six is supervising this project. A  GARDEN PARTY  at Blenko  is being planned to celebrate the new Gardens and to allow you to preview items created to be used in your gardens.   While I have very little information about this event,
I do know its the weekend after Mother's Day -  and there is a charge.  You'll want to visit the Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com  webpages to obtain additional information.   I'll also publish here anything we receive. 

Note:  The older Blenko, and  heavier  items are best suited for use in the garden.  I think Blenko may recommend bring them in each winter.  I'm certain at the Garden Party we'll see examples of in stock items that are deemed appropriate for the garden.

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