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

March is The Animal - Kingdom at Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass' Dean is hosting a month long ' Animal Kingdom ' event.
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

Last Minute GIFT IDEA!

Last year Blenko Glass's Dean Six started the Blenko Glass in the Garden Show, Sale and Party.
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 Blenko Glass increase in Value ?

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

Happy Shopping.  Thank you for reading and for purchasing BLENKO GLASS and other MADE IN WEST VIRGINIA PRODUCTS. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

DEC 20 and Dec 21 Walter Blenko will sign Blenko Glass

Last Minute Gift Sale!!!
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


The SHOP SMALL BUSINESS, SHOP LOCAL  movements are growing.

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

Blenko Glass. Water Bottle Week Jan 23-29 2017

Thanks to TM for sharing this with our readers.

If this is early December - then 2017 cannot be far away. We have had our 2017 schedule of events on our social media sites for some time. It is time to look at details and exciting specifics for our January and February events that are approaching soon.

Our inaugural Water Bottle Week is 23- 29 January, 2017. Nothing has become more icon for Blenko glass, and perhaps for West Virginia glass, than our classic #384 water bottle made since 1938! We have set aside one entire week to celebrate and play with this form.

Blenko will offer Make Your Own water bottle classes, follow us on social media to learn the registration date, etc.There will be a photo contest open to the public for images of water bottle collections, water bottles in use, etc. Two winning photos will be awarded a cash prize and those images will then be used by Blenko to produce postcards for sale in the company store. We will have photo opportunities with our very own living, talking human Water Bottle. Did we mention this is a FUN event? Special editions of color, new colors, and playful adaptation of the form will all be offered for sale in the company store. The event is a must for those who enjoy or love our #384 water bottles.

Almost immediately on the heels of the Water Bottle Week Blenko celebrates an entire month of The Animal Kingdom. We are making offhand and dump mouded animals calling upon our past to fill our ark of diverse critters. We will open our on-site and on-line efforts to populate a glass zoo at your home Wednesday February 1. Handmade penguins, large cast walrus, small whales, and on the list goes.
Follow us on social media to catch sightings of the animals we are making in anticipation of the event. Plan to visit us in Milton or go on your own safari on line to bag some Blenko members of the animal kingdom!

Exciting days are in store for you from the hot furnaces of Blenko Glass and our skilled artisans. Be sure to join us this winter.
contact us at dsix@blenkoglass.com with comments or questions

Blenko Glass Water Bottle

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Blenko Glass Schedule of Events. 2017

This is a list of current schedule events for 2017.
Blenko Project has no additional information.  I would suggest frequently checking the Blenko Glass web site.  Blenko Glass Facebook page - which is monitored by Travis Mounts and is the most up to date source of factory information.  Also
Photo - Texas Blenko Collection
 The Blenko Glass Collectors have a facebook page.   The Ohio Blenko Glass Collectors
frequently update their site to include all activities for WV  and American collectors on the east coast.
    The Blenko Project  www.blenkoproject.org  web site is a bit out of date ( we have not replaced our volunteer IT person) so I am not recommending this site for current info.  It remains a basic source of Blenko history and Blenko Catalogs.
    For Blenko colors -  we use Blenko Collectors Four web site,  I've been told the Blenko Collectors Facebook group is preparing a color chart including sample for each color.   These are much needed
    If you are a WVA Glass or Blenko Glass Collector we encourage you to become involved in one or more of the above groups. 
   Questions?   TheBlenkoProject@aol.com

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Good Things Happening in WVa.

West Virginia University School of Dentistry


As Dean of the School of Dentistry at West Virginia University, I am proud to provide you with the news that WVU School of Dentistry has been selected as one of only three locations in all of North America to be the newest Center for Research & Technology, Inc. Innovation Center. Please review the press release here, and feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments!
Anthony (Tom) Borgia, DDS, MHA
WVU School of Dentistry

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

How Much Is that Doggie ( or carafe) In the Window?


Dr. Homburg,
I'm not a new collector ( over 5 years now), however, when I see something like the attached offering of Blenko.  I wonder if what I'm collecting is original Blenko. Then remind myself I purchased the new items in my collection from Milton. 
Will you view the photos and the ad and email me with your response.

Blenko Cobalt Blue Vase or Carafe

Blenko handmade cobalt art glass carafe or vase. Light wear.
A beautiful piece that will add to your décor!


6.25ʺW × 3.5ʺD × 8.25ʺH
Mid-Century Modern
See other
Blue Vases, Mid-Century Modern Vases, or Blenko Vases
   SUSAN,   Time doesn't permit me to response to every email we receive.
On occasion the email brings a smile to the face of the reader and its sent immediately to me.
I received your email today 11/7.
You are correct this is the same or very similar to the Blenko waterbottle.  
We always suggest folks check the www.blenkoglass.com website on line store or the
gift shop prior to purchasing.
Thank you for the smile.  I'm going to include this in a blog post.
One of the appraisers I use, frequently says 'Blenko is worth what the buyer is willing to pay!'

Friday, December 02, 2016

Blenko Glass Company. Water Glasses.

C418L Large Dimple Glass Crackled
Tangerine coloration will vary both light and dark. No two pieces are exactly alike.
6" Tall, 16 oz.
I inherited a set of 8 and a matching pitcher from my NaNa.  I was very surprised to see this item in the current Blenko Glass catalog.
If you do not own Blenko Glasses - let me recommend this set.  My nana used them most every special occasion for a couple decades.  I now use them for lemonade during summer months.
They are heavy.  The color is magnificent.