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.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Blenko Glass Company and Kelsey Murphy - Match Made in Heaven

Blenko Glass is slowly stepping into the creation of a line of stunningly hand carved glass objects.
Internationally famous cameo glass artist Kelsey Murphy is becoming a partner with Blenko to create a very limited number of these hand crafted gems. Kelsey has carved on glass from all over the world but has long favored West Virginia glass. Some elaborate multiple layered pieces she created when at Pilgrim Glass do sell for tens of thousands of dollars each.

Blenko will work with Kelsey as she works magic with her art, carving it deeply into the surface of our glass, The result is unique, one of a kind objects. We do not anticipate creating more than 100 pieces, maximum, in any given year. The prices on our initial offerings will be between $500 and $700 dollars for each hand signed art work. We will have a modest beginning with only a few vases of one of our jewel-tone solid colors over crystal. We have already blown the next generation of objects for Kelsey to carve, they will be two-colored, hand carved top hats!

All of the Kelsey Blenko cameo will be hand signed Kelsey/Blenko and serially numbered with entry into her registry of all the pieces she has ever made. Recently Blenko hosted a film crew from PBS that is working on a documentary on Kelsey and her highly sought glass. Filmed at Blenko was our skilled artisans crafting layered pieces to her specifications for cameo carving. The documentary should be shown in 2017 and we anticipate a wave of interest in the wake of the film.

With such time consuming Kelsey carving and robust Blenko color we are confident these will open the doors to yet one more dimension of the versatility and exceptional quality of handmade Blenko. We are confident you will share our enthusiasm once you see these art works. The first pieces will be available in a few weeks. There will be no more than six total vases in the first offering, each unique
Thank You to Travis Mounts for this post.