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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, June 16, 2017

TROPHY ANTIQUES TO HOST STEVE BAIRS BLENKO

TAMMY FOWLER  - TROPHY ANTIQUES  of CHARLESTON  will continue to sell the STEVE BAIR COLLECTION OF BLENKO AND WEST VIRGINIA GLASS.

STEVE BAIR WAS AN FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE BLENKO COLLECTOR SOCIETY. PHOTOS OF HIS COLLECTION ARE ON THE www.blenkoproject.org website STEVE'S COLLECTION OF BLENKO AND WEST VIRGINIA GLASS IS ONE OF THE BEST IN  WEST VIRGINIA AND IF WELL KNOW IN AMERICAN  GLASS CIRCLES.  STEVE IS AN ARTIST AND HIS COLLECTION HAS EXQUISITE UNIQUITE ONE OF A KIND ITEMS.

IF YOU HAVEN"T SEEN HIS COLLECTION YOU"LL WANT TO VISIT TROPHY ANTIQUES AND IF ITS POSSIBLE AND YOU HAVE THE MEANS FOR YOU TO ACQUIRE ITEMS FOR YOUR OWN COLLECTION  THESE OPPORTUNITES ARE LIMITED.

Blenko Glass Blog. Blenko Glass . The West Virginia B Day Vase Sale

The Line Begins very early... ..... If you aren't In Milton....Should you be?
Well....  Rumor has it....that  you are most often safe...as long as you
arrive BEFORE
MIDNIGHT
and sometime you are SAFE even if you arrive
at 6 am on SATURDAY
but many people have been disappointed
and left without a Blenko Birthday Vase
when they arrived late.
IF you arrive late and don't get a vase

you can purchase a vase on EBAY for an upcharge of $100
most often the day after....fyi.

BUT the fun is standing in line....getting to know other BLENKO COLLECTORS listening to the stories of   the old timers....the folks who collected when the sale was in the downtown area - first at
THE DIAMOND....then At Stones'
Then at The Cultural Center
Then.....
well you get....This Blenko Birthday Vase is nearly an OLD LADY -  she was born in 1980!   The first Vases were crystal - and made by Sheperd only later did the designers add color. 

WV Birthday Vase 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Blenko at Bahnhof WVrsthaus and Biergarten


Driving in Huntington this weekend we unexpectedly spotted Blenko glass.
Of course we stopped to check it out, and ended up having lunch at a wonderful new restaurant in the Huntington area.



Bahnhof WVrsthaus and Biergarten, 747 7th Ave., Huntington, WV
The wood inside and out was imported from Germany, and the glass blocks are Blenko Glass.
We had the 'Sausage Party' platter and it was delicious.

Everything is housemade- they grind and case their own sausages and make all the sauces and dips.

There are also more than 30 different brews on tap.
You can read the full Huntington Herald review here:

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/features_entertainment/dining_guide/bahnhof-brings-german-inspired-comfort-food-brews/article_1fae9692-29a5-58c2-a5f5-23288e1cc486.html

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Blenko WV Day 2017


Blenko WV Day 2017


Inspired by the mountains and rolling hills of our beautiful state of West Virginia, the base of this 13.5’’ tall Cobalt, Clover & Crystal creation known as “Sun Over The Mountains” is emboldened with a variety of ingrained lines meant to emulate the curvature of our states hills and mountains. The piece is finished with a round Yellow stopper representing the sun. 
This is the 1st West Virginia Day Piece designed by Blenko’s newest designer, Aaron Harvey.
This year's birthday piece, will go on sale Saturday, June 17. The doors will open at 8am, get in line early so you don't miss your chance to own one of these rare and beautiful pieces!. Each piece will be numbered and signed by Blenko President, Walter Blenko Jr. as well as the West Virginia Piece Designer, Aaron Harvey.
-Only 154 of these available. 
-$154.00 each plus tax 
-Limit 1 per person, No advance orders, 
-No phone orders, No coupons, No gift certificates. 
-Each Piece numbered & signed by Walter Blenko, Jr. & Aaron Harvey
 


 
 
Designed by Aaron Harvey to continue to pay homage to the outdoors; “Moon Over The Forest” is a 12 ¼” tall form blown in Cobalt and finished with a White powdered frit stopper to represent the moon. Item will be available as a Pre-Event piece during our “After Hours” Event on Friday, June 16 from 7pm to 9pm. Item will also be available online at shop.blenko.com starting Saturday, June 17.  Each decanter will be $79.00 and will be etched WV Day and Blenko 2017 on the bottom. Limited Quantities Available


Monday, May 29, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. Day of LOVE Give BLENKO

June 1st is the day German men traditionally send bouquets of flowers to females ( to express a romantic interest - sometimes anonymously).

Perhaps it began with the Victorians. The Victorians telegraphed detailed messages with flowers in a bouquet -especially the eloquent rose. The same color could mean different things, a note or number of blooms on a stem would clarify the message. yellow for friendship or jealousy, white, innocence or silence. RED? Nothing but Love.

I love picking up traditions from other places and making them my own. 'Good things' good feelings, make life ... more wonderful, more magical, more beautiful. Become involved.
IF there is a PRINCE in your LIFE (or a FROG who might have Prince Potential) make certain he learns of this German Tradition - Make it a part of your life.

IF there isn't an available Frog or Prince then might I suggest as an INDEPENDENT WOMAN you phone Jim Fletcher at Food Among the Flowers, (346-7994) Charleston, W. Va http://www.foodamongtheflowers.com/ or Carlos at Milton Floral (304 743 9079) ask them to prepare a great bouquet for YOU!

OH! Don't FORGET To ask for a BLENKO GLASS COMPANY container for that bouquet. http://www.blenkoglass.com/ (304 743 9081.
Enjoy JUNE 1st
Be Good to Yourself and those you Love! hjh

Ps. How to Keep the Rose Alive:
Give them sugar (Like lemon/lime soda in the water and an aspirin and a
cap or bleach added to the water will increase the life).

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass. GAS Announcement

 

 
 
 
 
GLASS ART SOCIETY ANNOUNCES NAMES OF 46 ARTISTS FEATURED IN THE 2017 GAS MEMBER JURIED EXHIBITION AT GLASS WHEEL STUDIO
May 3, 2017The Glass Art Society (GAS), in partnership with Glass Wheel Studio, is pleased to announce the names of the 46 participating artists who will be featured in the 2017 GAS Member Juried Exhibition. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Glass Wheel Studio in Norfolk, Virginia, and will be a highlight of the 46th annual GAS conference, Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 2 from 6-10 PM and prizes will be awarded to select artists at 7:30 PM.
“The breadth and quality of the works submitted for this exhibition were so impressive,” says Cheryl White, director of Glass Wheel Studio. “Whether experimenting with the technical limits of the glass or using it to explore deeper conceptual themes, GAS member artists are pushing the boundaries of this material in fascinating ways. We cannot wait to showcase these artists in Norfolk.”

The 46 artists featured in the 2017 GAS Member Juried Exhibition are:
James Akers
Julie Alland
Barbara Atkinson
Nisha Bansil
Emily Bartelt
Megan Biddle
Conrad M. Bishop
Jen Blazina
Kate Clements
Shaun Conroy
Jennifer Crescuillo
Scott Darlington
Jerre Davidson
Jonathan Davis
Cheryl Patrice Derricotte
Courtney Dodd
Karen Donnellan
Davin Ebanks
Jean M. Fernandes
Morgan Gilbreath
Jack Gramann
Jennifer Halvorson
Mollie Marie Hansen
Ji Huang
Krista Israel
Robert Mickelsen
Kathleen Mitchell
Sharyn O’Mara
Clare Peters
Suzanne Peterson
Spencer Pittenger and Gina Zetts
Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles
Leana Quade
Lisa Beth Robinson and Kristin Thielking
Leisl Schubel
Maia Stern
Susan Taylor Glasgow and Janis Miltenberger
Louise Thompson and Hanne Enemark
Nancy Weisser
Amy Whittingham
Benjamin Watkins Wright 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Blenko Glass Comapny. WVA Birthday Vase 2017. Heart of Glass Blog

Inspired by the mountains and rolling hills of our beautiful state of West Virginia, the base of this 13.5’’ tall Cobalt, Clover & Crystal creation known as “Sun Over The Mountains” is emboldened with a variety of ingrained lines meant to emulate the curvature of our states hills and mountains. The piece is finished with a round Yellow stopper representing the sun. This is the 1st West Virginia Day Piece designed by Blenko’s newest designer, Aaron Harvey.
This year's birthday piece, will go on sale Saturday, June 17. The doors will open at 8am, get in line early so you don't miss your chance to own one of these rare and beautiful pieces!. Each piece will be numbered and signed by Blenko President, Walter Blenko Jr. as well as the West Virginia Piece Designer, Aaron Harvey.
-Only 154 of these available. 
-$154.00 each plus tax 
-Limit 1 per person, No advance orders, 
-No phone orders, No coupons, No gift certificates. 
-Each Piece numbered & signed by Walter Blenko, Jr. & Aaron Harvey
 
 
 
Designed by Aaron Harvey to continue to pay homage to the outdoors; “Moon Over The Forest” is a 12 ¼” tall form blown in Cobalt and finished with a White powdered frit stopper to represent the moon. Item will be available as a Pre-Event piece during our “After Hours” Event on Friday, June 16 from 7pm to 9pm. Item will also be available online at shop.blenko.com starting Saturday, June 17.  Each decanter will be $79.00 and will be etched WV Day and Blenko 2017 on the bottom. Limited Quantities Available


Sunday, May 21, 2017

www.blenkoproject.org. Blenko Glass . Heart of Glass Blog

The Blenko Project www.blenkoproject.org  is seeking volunteers to perform the following task.
1. assist with back log of letters requesting info  2. assist with ID of Glass ( we won't ask for more than 3 per month from each volunteer) 3. A Volunteer who has the skills to keep the website up to date  - monthly.  4. Volunteer with computer skills to add additional links and info to the Blenko Project site.
Please contact us   theblenkoproject@aol.com

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Blenko The People - Perry Bays, Blower

Perry Bays - Blower / Asst. Foreman

Blenko Glass Company is all about the people. Each shop is made up of a group of very talented men. Men who work as a unit, each almost magically knowing when to open a mold, pick up glass (the exact amount of glass),how long to blow in a mold, etc.

Perry came to Blenko in 1990 -. He worked in Antique for nine years. He now holds the titles of Assistant Foreman and Blower.

The men who work at Blenko - like many men from West Virginia grew up fishing and hunting. Perry reports that he also spends a great deal of his free time hunting and fishing but he prefers spending his 'free time' in family activities. Time with his two children (18 & 14) and his wife. Much of this time is spent in school/church activities and with horses, Perry raises horses, he and his family enjoy riding and caring for these beautiful animals at their home in Hamlin.
He doesn't collect Blenko or any other glass - but he does have Blenko items - only items that he has made. (I'd love to have photos!)

Perry said " Working with glass brings me great satisfaction, I enjoy everyone I work with, the Blenko family has been very good to me, the company is an excellent one to work for, and I enjoy the feeling of making something beautiful out of nothing". . .. . every day we do something different. . .no two days are the same". . . .not everyone can say, I work with people I like, and I do something I love....and I produce a beautiful product."

You are so very right Perry. Very few people have this kind of job satisfaction!

When you visit the Blenko Glass Factory in Milton West Virginia and are doing the self guided tour - Perry Bays chair is the one of the left nearest the fence. hjh

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. WINSLOW ANDERSON - Designer


Winslow Anderson in 2009 with Blenko Collectors


From teapots to automobiles, the look of the objects we buy for everyday use has often been determined by designers. The designer is challenged to find innovative solutions to items that make life efficient and visually pleasing. A designer must have creative insight and the ability to turn ideas into reality. To be successful the designer must be not only a visionary, but also one who understands the limitations of specific manufacturing methods and the desire of the consumer. Questions of form, material function and beauty come into place. Often the designer must create his own product prototypes and become involved in the process of production.

Winslow Anderson's unique spirit and style infuse the hundreds of objects he designed since he began his career in 1946. Anderson brought to his designs creatively, ingenuity and a hands on involvement in the process from beginning concept to finished product. His thirty five year career as designer for BLENKO GLASS COMPANY, MILTON, WV and Lennox China and Crystal Trenton, NJ embodied all the principles of good design; his flowing organic and geometric shaped objects are functional and elegant, utilizing the materials, glass and clay, to their fullest potential. His designs in glassware and fine china also express the concerns of industry for marketable, affordable items.

Anderson was born in Plymouth, Mass in 1907. It was not sup rising that his seaboard town nurtured in Anderson an early aspiration to design sleek, swift boats. Economic necessity, however, forced him to abandon these youthful dreams for more practical employment. His early work for a local ceramic studio, Plymouth Pottery, soon proved his talent for hand craftsmanship. It was fortuitous that Anderson's pottery was discovered by a couple who encouraged him to attend Alfred University's School of Ceramics, whose sole purpose was to produce industrial designers particularly for New York State. At Alfred, Anderson's instincts and understanding of materials flourished. His education was interrupted by military service where he served as a topographic draughtsman.

Upon returning to school a completion was held among the students they were invited to submit a drawing of a goblet. A Steuben glassblower would create the winning design during the school's annual open house. Anderson's design won.

Anderson modestly attributed his hiring as Blenko's first designer to this piece.

NOTE: Pencil drawing done in 1944 for the winning design at Alfred University.
Thank you to HUNTINGTON MUSEUM OF ART - Huntington, WV
for the above information and copy of drawing    Information from Blenko Collector Alex Staton

Retirement and Death  - From Wiki

In 1979 Anderson retired from Lenox and moved back to West Virginia where he settled in a small cottage in Milton not far from the Blenko factory. In retirement he indulged his passion for collecting, filling his small home with anything and everything that fascinated him, from pottery and glass, to paintings and souvenirs from his travels. Winslow Anderson died at the age of ninety on December 10, 2007 and was buried in the Milton Cemetery near his mother. Much of his collection and estate was willed to the Huntington Museum of Art, where an endowment was established in his name which helps to fund the conservation and acquisition of artwork for the museum's permanent collection.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass. WVA Birthday Vase 2017


Daily we receive text and emails asking about the WVa Birthday Vases for 2017.  We have no additional info. 

Each year Blenko Glass presents a special vase in honor of WVa 's Birthday.
For several years Blenko has also offered companion pieces ( two at a cost less than the B-day cost).
The companion pieces are stand alone artistic designer  glass items -  in our family we buy several of the companion pieces and gift during the year for weddings, birthdays or special occasions.

You'll want to contact BLENKO GLASS www.blenkoglass.com  with questions about this years
vases.

When we receive photos and info about these upcoming vases, we'll publish.

IF you live in the Charleston area - yearly the Purple Onion ( my  favorite shop in the Charleston Farmer's Market)  offers a limited edition BLENKO GLASS item in honor of WV Birthday June 20th.

Purple Onion 

www.capitolmarket.net
(304) 342-4414

Last year a Blenko Glass Vase was created to be sold at the Cultural Center in honor of WVa Birthday.

When we receive confirmation of the above - we'll publish.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Blenko Water Bottles- An Inexpensive way to start a collection

The Water Bottle is the longest running item in the Blenko catalogue. Water bottles are still made and sold (photo # 1 Visitor Center - Water Bottles ($16- $25). The style has changed very little over the years. At one time a handle was added these are considered rare and sell for between $150 - $300 (new they were less than $5.) I recently purchased the teal green one for $100 from Dawn Weber. It has some minor factory marks and Dawn was upgrading.


Tim and Karin Alonzo of TEXAS had the largest know collection of water bottles with handles from Blenko. We hope to have photos of their collection on the blog very soon! Tim told me in 2008, WV is a great place to search for unique water bottles and other vintage Blenko.  A waterbottle with handle was recently 5/1/2017 seen at a store front in South Charleston, W.Va. 






This photo is of a Black Water Bottle made in 2005 - however , its valuable as Ebony/black is a discontinued Blenko color and a limited number of water bottles were made in this color! Collecting Blenko can be fun and educational. One doesn't have to have a lot of money or time. Blenko makes the most wonderful gifts. When you give Blenko you are giving an item that can be used, is beautiful and will increase in value with time!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. Do you recall your 1st piece of Blenko Glass?

At a recent glass group meeting - we were talking about the items that began our 'obsession' with West Virginia glass. Most everyone had an item or a story. I grew up so near BLENKO and my 'obsession' wasn't for an item - - it was the beautiful colors found in antique glass panels.
Today I received this photo from a group member. She lives in Monroeville, Pa and drives down monthly to talk about glass and what 'new finds' we might have. These were her first BLENKO items. The Anderson horn she remembers setting in a window seal at her Mother’s with ivy hanging down. The decanter she reports she inherited from her Aunt. The 2nd 'horn' was the first piece of WV Glass that she purchased (this was about 20 years ago) because it reminded her of the piece from her childhood.
DO you recall your first purchase of BLENKO and/or the item that started your collection? Take a photo and share the story with us. HJH  
Note: For a 2018 publication by Geo S. 


Friday, May 05, 2017

Blenko the People - Ivan Mount ( Retired)








Ivan Mount - Finisher


  • Almost 30 years at Blenko ( received 25 year watch) .


  • Favorite thing about Working at Blenko: Loves the people, and brotherhood/friendship  among the workers. He gets to do something new and creative every day.


  • Hobbies: Watching sports, Bowling


  • Family: Wife and 3 children. Sister in law works in shipping at Blenko.


  • Favorite thing to make: Dowels (Randy Rider and others say he makes the best dowels – near perfect with no imperfections or bubbles).


  • What people should know about Blenko: Blenko has such a large variety, there is something for everyone and if you look you are sure to find something you like. Everyone in the state owes it to themselves to check it out.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Blenko the People - Charlie Chafin

Charlie Chafin – Gatherer


20+ years at Blenko in August .
Started at Blenko in 1994 at minimum wage ($5/hour) and worked up gradually by 40-50 cents every few months, with extra increases as his job title improved.


Favorite thing about working at Blenko: "Blenko is a family, and the workers are like brothers – they can joke around and get mad at each other, but will always be close and take up for one another. "


Favorite things to make: "Enjoys making big bowls – they make 25 large bowls an hour (compared to 50 small bowls/hr)" so he has more time to rest in between gathering, and can be more accurate.
Charlie also enjoys making the paperweights that are sold in the Visitors Center.


Arlon  Bayliss ( designer) –" He has a great attitude, he is very enthusiastic about the glass making process and makes the workers feel like part of the design team. "


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. Seeking Martini Pitcher from 1958

Emily,  We do assist Collectors find new homes for their glass.
I don't know of a Martini Pitcher that is for sale.    Let's ask other Blenko Collectors for help.
If you own or have seen this martini pitcher, please let us know.
Hillary 

Hello,
I am looking to purchase a specific Blenko Martini Pitcher from 1958 (#5817) in a teal blue color (as seen on this page http://www.blenkocollectors.com/1958catalog/1958Catalogp15.jpg) and was hoping you would be able to help direct my search. 
Does the Blenko Project work with sellers and interested buyers? Or would you know of some places I should start looking in my search for this piece? 
I came across the sites Cherish and 1stdibs but did not have any luck finding this particular pitcher. Any directions you could give me would be greatly appreciated, or if you hear that someone might be selling this piece. 
I also see that you work with Blenko Collectors and have emailed them as well for any help. 
Thank you so much in advance for any help! I really loved looking through all the collections you have on display on your website. 
Best regards,
Emily
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Attention: Collectors of Fine Blenko, Fenton, Fiesta and RARE old Glass

Blenko Collectors and  Friends of Blenko.
Tammy Fowler is offering for sale the complete collection of Steve and Margie Bair's Blenko Glass.
Steve Bair was instrumental is founding and fostering The Blenko Glass Collectors Society.
Steve is thought to have one of the best collections in W.Va.
He focuses on Wayne Husted - most all his pieces are signed.  LIMITED TIME  Sat- Tues
( phone sales may be available with appropriate credit card).
 
We're suppose to get a disc of photos when this arrives we'll upload to the blog.
 
HJH
 
 This Sale is at TINY TIM"S GLASS SHOP   5206 Mac Corkle Ave Kanawha City Charleston, WVa.

DUE TO THE ENORMOUS COLLECTIONS OF GLASS  we are only allowing 10 people per hour to view and purchase.

100 Pieces of Signed and UNIQUE BLENKO
600  Fiesta
200  Fenton 
COOKIE JAR COLLECTION 
Sale Hours:   Sat 29  9-4
                       Sun 30   10-4
                       Mon  1st  11-4
                        Tues 2nd  11-4 
 
Trophy Antiques
Owned by Tammy Fowler

Antique store in Charleston, West Virginia
 424 Virginia St W, Charleston, WV 25302
 (304) 561-7731   Questions - Phone
 
 

Steve and Margie Blair - The Blenko project : Advocate for growth and ...

www.blenkoproject.org/blair
Steve and Margie Bair, Charleston, WV. Steve Bair is an artist; the colors, styles and choices of his collection are that of an artist.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Blenko Glass. Blenko Blog HEART OF GLASS

 Hillery,
I'm a new collector.  A grad student with a small amount  of money to direct toward this new passion.  What do you recommend I purchase?
Terrance Paxton
Terrance,
I always suggest you buy only the glass - you love and want to live with.  My other suggestion is to study Blenko. An ideal start is the book listed below.  It's out of print, but can be found on Ebay.
Good Luck!
Hillary     

 

Blenko Glass, 1930-1953 Paperback – September, 1987


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. Vintage Blenko Stoppers

Everyone has one or two Blenko decanter with missing stoppers. This shop is offering Blenko stoppers. My artist friend Carrie would suggest using the stoppers w/o the decanter - they are great conversation starters.. . .
A menagerie of Blenko stoppers, circa 1970, from blog reader Vintageshopgirl
(http://www.muddycreekantiques.com/).

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Glass-a-palooza May 12-14 Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass 's Dean Six is hosting the First Blenko Glass-a-palooza.  You'll want to return to the www.blenkoglass.com frequently for updates.
This is an event you'll want to bring the gkids, and yourself for a long weekend in Milton.


GLASS-A-PALOOZAMay 12, 13, 14, 2017

A weekend of fun and festivities on the campus of Blenko Glass. Join us as we create, explore and celebrate glass. Food on site, glass blowing classes, outdoor live music and more. Our goal is to mix glass activities with a fun outdoor event. Contact us to learn details for this First Ever Blenko Event.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blenko Glass . Heart of Glass Blog. A Shorty Finley Creation

If you follow this blog - you know we appreciate the craftsmen - past -present - future.

Shorty Finley,  Jessie Carpenter, etc. from the 60-70s.

With some luck you may  find an item signed by Jessie Carpenter or Shorty Finley or another craftsman from the past.

I'm not suggesting you start a search for signed by the craftsman - vintage Blenko.

But you might want to investigate the new crop of Blenko craftsmen.
Visit the factory, observe the workers,  ask at the gift shop if there are items made by their craftsmen and signed?   I have a few items signed by Randy, Dave, Brenda  and a lamp made by Charlie Harsbarger.  It brings me pleasure to know who created the items in my home.

Factory work is team work - but often a worker  or a SHOP will stand out, and be assertive enough to produce a few unique items that often are for sale. 

This photo is of an item Shorty Finley made after visiting the south west with Don Sheppard ( Blenko Designer).  This item and many others ( by Jessie Carpenter and Shorty Finley) were on display at the Huntington Museum of Art.  Later the items were offered for sale.

The owner of this item, is not in good health,  will be turning 75 soon and it will be sold as a part of the estate.

Visit Blenko Glass often.  If you can't frequently make the trip to Milton, visit the www.blenkoglass.com website,  the Blenko Facebook.   Buying only what you love, and USE THE GLASS,  80% of Blenko is made to be utilitarian.  Use your Blenko.



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blenko Glass. The Heart of Glass Blog. WVa Birthday Vase For Sale

Every year in June since 1980 The Blenko Glass Factory has offered a WVa Birthday Vase. www.blenkoproject.org/wv-birthday-pieces

This year the company will again offer a special WVa Birthday Vase.    The vase is made by Blenko Craftsman, usually designed by the DESIGNER employed at Blenko during the creation.

Most recently the Designer was Arlon Bayliss www.arlonbayliss.com - my favorite designer of the B-Day series.

This year Blenko is unveiling an awesome design created by a new ( To Blenko) designer.  The designer is a West Virginian educated in West Virginia.   We haven't seem drawings etc of the 2017 piece, however, we expect it to be exceptional.  We'll provide additional info as we receive. 

IF you don't collect this series.  Consider starting NOW !  You can begin by purchasing the 2017 vase at Blenko Glass in June.  www.blenkoglass.com for date and time.
You'll want to arrive early to ensure your ability to purchase this LIMITED Edition Signed by the artist and MR. Walter Blenko.
Note:New designer is Aaron Harvey. piece is meant to pay tribute to wv mountains Designer Harvey is a graduate of Concord University in Athens, WV. The Checkmate line was his first expansive line for Blenko. more on additions to Checkmate series later this yr
20 - WV Bday Vases Seeking New Home


We have knowledge of WVA Blenko Vases that are currently being offered for sale.
1980 - 1985.     1999   2000   20002  and all the Bayliss B-Day Vases.   If you need one or all of these to complete your collection - send an email and we'll connect you with the seller.

Happy Blenko Shopping! 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. 4/15/2007

May is going to be a big month at Blenko Glass in Milton, W.Va.
If you haven't made reservations to attend please start making your plans.
Both weekends should be very nice.
These are opportunities to meet other Blenko collectors and perhaps add to your collection of Blenko.
Check www.blenkoglass.com for additional info.

If you need a list of local motels, and Blenko dealers shoot us an email.
Blenko Project
  





GLASS-A-PALOOZAMay 12 & 13

A weekend of fun and festivities on the campus of Blenko Glass. Join us as we create, explore and celebrate glass. Food on site, glass blowing classes, outdoor live music and more. Our goal is to mix glass activities with a fun outdoor event. Contact us to learn details for this First Ever Blenko Event.

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Blenko Glass in the Garden Show, Sale & Party-May 26 & 27, 2017

Sales and exhibits in the Blenko Glass Garden at lake side. 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.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Blenko Glass. West Virginia BIRTHDAY VASE 2017


I have read your notes and understand you want to see photos of THE 2017 WVa Birthday Vase.

Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com website will be posting information about this vase in the near future.

A new designer will be creating this 2017 WVa Birthday Vase.

If you do not collect the WVA Birthday Vase.  May I suggest you start collecting.

Very few people have the entire collection - it started in 1980.  
Start with this new designer 2017  and collect from this point forward.


We now of 10 complete collections. 
If you own a complete collection please email theblenkoproject@aol.com.  If you have interest in selling your collection we can put you in contact with interested buyers.

We will be posting photos of 14 early Blenko WVA Birthday Vases belonging to an estate.
These are for sale,  the prices range from 1200 to 550.
So not cheap but if you need only one or two to complete - perhaps worth the investment.

Questions?  Email theblenkoproject@aol.com .
This Bday vase is difficult to find in good condition.  It is  very large and often chipped.
The colors are exceptional, it is one of my favorite WV Bday Vases. 

Sunday, April 02, 2017

GLASS ART SOCIETY

We started attending the GAS in 2007.  If you have the time and energy make this one of your vacation experiences for 2017 and beyond. 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INTERNATIONAL GLASS ART CONFERENCE BRINGS EXCITING EVENTS,
ACCLAIMED ARTISTS TO CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART IN JUNE
— The 46th Annual Glass Art Society Conference invites public to enjoy demonstrations, gallery hop and more —
March 13, 2017 - The Chrysler Museum of Art and the Perry Glass Studio will host the 46th Annual Glass Art Society (GAS) conference from June 1–3, welcoming international leaders in the contemporary glass community to Hampton Roads for a weekend of innovative performances.
The 2017 conference, “Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance,” invites attendees to experience technical glass demonstrations; lectures on science and art; regionwide exhibitions; and special events. Several events are open to the public, including free demonstrations on the pre-conference Day of Glass, a gallery hop in the NEON Arts District, the Goblet Grab, an International Student Exhibition and live and silent auctions.
The conference features presentations from industry leaders in a variety of glass disciplines, including demonstrations of new techniques in hot glass, coldworking and flameworking.
Artist Mark Dion will deliver the keynote address, “Adventures in the Culture of Nature,” on Thursday, June 1. Dion’s work explores the ways in which public institutions and dominant ideologies shape understanding of history, knowledge and the natural world. His work is held in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Gallery in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, among others. He is a mentor at Columbia University in New York and co-director of Mildred’s Lane, an innovative art education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pa.
Two artists will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the development of glass worldwide. Joyce J. Scott will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Exceptional Achievement and Contributions to the Studio Glass Field. Scott constructs sophisticated bead sculptures incorporating glass, clay, fabric and found objects that address social topics, including racism, violence and gender inequality. In her home city of Baltimore, Scott is an active leader promoting creative spaces for the community. In 2016, she received a prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award,” a five-year grant intended to provide recipients with flexibility to pursue their work.
Wayne Strattman will receive the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award for Outstanding Service to the Glass Art Society. Strattman is the owner of the Boston-based Strattman Design, a world leader in building museum displays, custom sculpture and innovative lighting products. Through his involvement in GAS, he initiated and endowed the Strattman Critical Dialogue Lecture Series, co-funded the Technology Advancing Glass (TAG) grant program and started and helped to maintain neon exhibitions at GAS conferences since 1997.
The Chrysler Museum of Art’s glass collection is encyclopedic, containing more than 10,000 works from every era of glassmaking. In 2011, the Museum opened its Glass Studio, which quickly earned acclaim for its monthly Third Thursday theatrical glass performances. The Museum’s selection as host of the 2017 conference further cements the Chrysler’s reputation as a destination for artists and patrons. The Chrysler Museum was selected after an international competition for the honor of hosting the conference. It also marks a return to the region where the country’s first glassmaking took place in Jamestown.
The 2017 GAS conference is co-chaired by Diane Wright, the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass; Charlotte Potter, Manager and Programming Director of the Perry Glass Studio; and community volunteers Virginia Hitch and Colin McKinnon. Attendees are encouraged to share their experiences on social media with the tag #GASNorfolk. To register to attend and for more information, click here.

Public Events:Free, unless otherwise noted
“Play Me, I’m Yours” by Luke JerramMay 23–June 4, Downtown Norfolk and the NEON Arts DistrictLocated on streets in downtown Norfolk, pianos invite passersby to play and enjoy. The pianos will be decorated by local artists and community groups, encouraging an opportunity for people to connect. For more information, see www.StreetPianosNorfolk.com. 
Day of GlassWednesday, May 31, NEON Arts DistrictDay of Glass showcases one-of-a-kind, live glassmaking demonstrations:
11 a.m. Chrysler Museum Curator of Exhibitions Seth Feman leads a gallery talk exploring the exhibition Pilchuck Prints1 p.m.    The Chrysler Museum’s Perry Glass Studio Team (at the Glass Studio, 745 Duke St.)
2 p.m.    The Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow, a new, updated mobile hot shop
(in the Glass Studio Parking lot, 745 Duke St.)
3 p.m.    Tidewater Community College’s Three-Ring Circus
(in the parking lot east of 128 Granby St., near Glass Wheel Studio).
4 p.m.    The Chrysler Museum’s Perry Glass Studio Team (at Work│Release, 759 Granby St.)
22nd Annual Goblet GrabFriday, June 2, 12:30 p.m. at Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 E. Main St.The Goblet Grab, a longstanding GAS Conference tradition, invites artists to donate a handcrafted goblet, mug, tumbler or drinking glass. Participants position themselves near the vessel they hope to get their hands on first in order to add it to their collection. Prices for the artworks at this fast-paced event range from $50–$200. Proceeds support the GAS Special Project Community Partnership Fund.
First Friday and Gallery HopFriday, June 2, 6–11 p.m. throughout Downtown Norfolk, the NEON Arts District and Olde Towne PortsmouthThe public is invited to take a self-guided tour of special exhibitions in downtown Norfolk featuring artists from the Washington Glass School, the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Assistantship Program, the Virginia Glass Guild and the Glass Art Society. Ride the ferry to historic Olde Towne Portsmouth and visit the Visual Art Center at Tidewater Community College and Portsmouth Cultural Art Center. In addition, pianos will beckon players on the sidewalks around the city as part of artist Luke Jerram’s “Play Me, I’m Yours” installation.
Live and Silent AuctionsPreviews: Friday, June 2, 5:30–7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 3, 1:30–5 p.m.Silent Auction: First table closes Saturday, June 3 at 5:15 p.m.Live Auction: Saturday, June 3, 6–7 p.m.The silent and live auctions present a perfect opportunity to take home amazing work created by GAS presenters and members—some of the world’s leading artists in the medium—while supporting the organization at the same time. Phone bids are welcome. The auction catalog and bidding instructions at www.glassart.org.

ABOUT THE CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART
The recently expanded Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, is one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums, with a nationally recognized collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America. The core of this collection was given to the Museum by Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., an avid art collector who donated thousands of objects from his private collection to the Museum in 1971. In the years since Chrysler’s death in 1988, the Museum has dramatically extended its campus and developed new ties with the Norfolk community. It now has rapidly growing collections, especially in American art, photography, and contemporary art, including glass. The Chrysler also mounts an ambitious schedule of visiting exhibitions and educational programs and events each season.
In 2011, the Chrysler opened a full-service glass studio with a 560-pound capacity furnace, a full hot shop, a flameworking studio, nine annealing ovens, a flat-glass shop, and a coldworking shop. In addition, the Chrysler administers two Federal-period historic houses in downtown Norfolk: the Moses Myers House and the Willoughby-Baylor House.
The Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, and Perry Glass Studio, adjacent to the Museum at 745 Duke St., are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Historic Houses on E. Freemason Street are open weekends. General admission is free. For more information on exhibitions, events, and programs, visit www.chrysler.org or call (757) 664-6200.

ABOUT THE GLASS ART SOCIETY
The Glass Art Society, headquartered in Seattle, is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1971 to encourage excellence, to advance education, to promote the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass. It holds an annual conference, publishes the Glass Art Society Journal and provides online versions of GASnews and the Glass Art Society Online Member Directory featuring member profiles with image gallery, bio and more.
GAS strives to stimulate communication among artists, educators, students, collectors, gallery and museum personnel, art critics, manufacturers and all others interested in and involved with the production, technology and aesthetics of glass. We are dedicated to creating greater public awareness and appreciation of the glass arts. For more information on the Glass Art Society, visit www.glassart.org.
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Marvin Liposfsky . Blenko Glass.

Hillary
Can you tell me about the link between Marvin Liposky and Blenko?  I attended a Glass Group here in Greensboro and the Gentleman said Liposky and other Glass Giants visited Blenko and other Glass factories in the 70s.  I can find no information about these collaborations.
Was there glass made for sale?  If so where do I find these items?    John G.

John,   Your lecturer was correct.  Joel Myers ( Blenko Designer)  was instrumental in inviting other glass artist to  experience working with factory glass.  These men later became the foundation of the early Glass Arts Movement.  Marvin L.,  Henry Littleton,  Fritz D.  and several other glass artist/ teachers visited factories in W.Va.  Marvin L. would go on to found the GAS.
RE: Items made,  I have seen several, none for sale.   May I suggest you contact the W.Va. Museum of  American Glass  230 Main Street,  Weston, WVa.   phone 304269 5006.
We met Marvin for the first time in 2009 ( Pittsburgh GAS conference).  He had fond memories of Blenko and the 'Wonderful" people of West Virginia. 

In Memoriam   ( Taken from Marvin Liposfsky website)      
  

September 1, 1938 — January 15, 2016

Marvin Lipofsky in 2003 Marvin Lipofsky, 77, renowned San Francisco Bay Area teacher and sculptor who worked with glass, died of natural causes on Friday, January 15, 2016. Mr. Lipofsky was born and raised in Barrington, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where his parents Henry and Mildred Lipofsky owned a small department store. He earned his BFA in Industrial Design, 1957-1962 at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, followed by an MS and MFA in Sculpture, 1962-1964, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Mr. Lipofsky was among the first students to work with Harvey Littleton, the celebrated founder of the American Studio Glass movement, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Immediately upon graduation, he was hired by the University of California, Berkeley to build and direct its glass program, where he taught until 1972. Teaching full-time, he developed the glass program at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts) in Oakland where he remained until 1987, when he left to work full time in his studio in Berkeley until his death.
In addition to his daughter Lisa Lipofsky-Valenzuela, Mr. Lipofsky is survived by his grandchildren, Briana & Antonio, his sister Barbara Marsh, and his good friend, Jeanette Bokhour.
Mr. Lipofsky's work was prized for its rhythmic forms and complex concave and convex shapes, which suggested both abstract and organic sources. Glass was his chosen medium of artistic expression. A consummate colorist, and fine artist, Mr. Lipofsky took great advantage of the chromatic possibilities of working with hot glass. He was dedicated to honoring the artists who worked with him and the places where he made his work.
Celebrated for his working method, Mr. Lipofsky regularly traveled to glass workshops around the USA and the world (he visited 30 foreign countries, including Bulgaria, China, Israel, New Zealand, the Soviet Union, and from coast to coast in the USA; he taught over 300 workshops around the world), where he gathered the raw material for his pieces, worked with local sculptors and their students in their hot shops, observed local communities and traditions, and then returned to Berkeley to assemble his final objects. Mr. Lipofsky functioned as an ambassador for sculpture in glass, often naming the groups of works that resulted from his voyage for their place of origin, for example, the Stockholm Series (1989) and the Kentucky Series (2000).
Mr. Lipofsky's work was widely exhibited and collected. It is included in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Oakland Museum of California, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the St. Louis Museum of Art, the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Renwick Gallery (National Museum of American Art) Smithsonian Institution at Washington, D.C., and the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, among many others. The recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award from the Glass Art Society in 2009, he was also the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California in 2003. A founding member of the American Studio Glass movement, he was the most influential glass artist in California. Marvin Lipofsky was a formidable character and leader in the close knit community of glass artists and collectors, within the USA and internationally. He will be greatly missed.
   

Purple Moon Estate Sale.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Blenko Glass Company. Heart of Glass. Blenko Blog.

Blenko Glass is having a 10% discount on all green glass.  In honor of St Patricks Month.  Please go to www.blenkoglass.com to view all the many items available at this discount price.  As always shipping is available and Blenko accepts all credit cards.

Shamrock from Carolee and wiki

Sunday, March 12, 2017

St Patricks' Day. Blenko Glass Blog. Blenko Glass Company. Heart of Glass

Thanks to Carolee and wiki for this info.

Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick  (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint  of Ireland.

Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture , of the Irish  in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.[ Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption.

 Modern celebrations have been greatly influenced by those of the Irish diaspora,, particularly those that developed in North America. In recent years, there has been criticism of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations for having become too commercialised and for fostering negative stereotypes of the Irish.

   In West Virginia we often give 'green' gifts to those we care for - flowers, mints, or GREEN GLASS,  and most pubs offer green colored beers for the celebration. 


Photos of Blenko Green from Bruce S. ( Texas Collector)

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Monday, March 06, 2017

Easter arriving at Blenko - Bunnies, Eggs and baskets!

Special Edition Bunnies are beginning to make their way to the shipping department here at the factory. Our skilled artisans have been hard at work designing a color scheme for this bunny that is both beautiful and eye-catching. This year’s bunny is known as the “Crocus” Bunny because it mimics the colors of the Crocus flower and pays tribute to the Easter season. They are completely hand-formed by our team of skilled glass artisans and enhanced with a splash of purple, blue, green and white colored glass encased inside of each. Available for pre-order now at  shop.blenko.com Bunnies will begin shipping as early as next week. Order by March 31 to ensure delivery before Easter. The height of each bunny varies but they are generally around a chubby 6 ¾” in height with a flop ear. $52 each

We are 
also making a mini basket from 448r shape and a large handblown egg that can is supposed to have a large enough flat vase so it can be stood up. these 2 are still in development but bunny is online. 



Sunday, March 05, 2017

Spring Open House - Make Your OWN Easter Egg

 Open HouseMarch 18, 2017

A One day, Saturday Only event. Classes offered to the public to make handmade glass Easter eggs Blenko family signing event. Limited edition of special pieces for sale in our Visitors Center include an annual edition hand formed Bunny, as well as limited edition spring vase and pitcher

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Blenko Glass Blog. The Heart of Glass 3/1/17

BLENKO GLASS WAREHOUSE SALE!  
This is a large event - for Blenko Vendors - also for Blenko Collectors or folks looking to purchase xmas gifts for great prices -  or just to refill your gift closet.
Blenko's Dean Six is continuing the Blenko Warehouse Sale for 2017.  NOTE the event is for FOUR DAYS ONLY.
You'll want to plan to visit - if you need lodging etc info - write to theblenkoproject@aol.com and we'll provide you with a list of lodging and great places to eat - and shop for vintage Blenko.


Blenko Warehouse SaleMarch 18-21, 2017
Four (4) Consecutive Days ONLY!!!
We open our factory warehouse with overstocks, preferred seconds, and some unique and one-of-a kind Blenko at special discount prices.  We will also feature special items in our on-site store. A great shopping opportunity.  This event previously was almost two weeks but we have less excess inventory and have shortened the event dramatically.