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 15, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Recently in an HGTV magazine I read the new fad is to collect vintage decanters and barware. The author suggested you might vintage
We're suggesting you buy NEW handcrafted, hand blown BLENKO GLASS decanters - a blast from the past, these were recently re introduced at Blenko.
The decanters are currently listed in the discontinued and reduced section of the www.blenkoglass.com Blenko Glass on line catalog. The current list price will please you.
6819 Decanter with Crystal Stopper. Available on clearance in cobalt, crystal and tangerine.
Tangerine coloration will vary both light and dark. No two pieces are exactly alike.
*Actual freight charges are added to your invoice at time of shipment. We Ship UPS or Fedex.
- Item #: 6819. TVHGTV
Friday, October 13, 2017
This bowl is available in several colors, www.blenkoglass.com to view the colors.
The bowl is under $30 and currently available for purchase.
Available in your choice of Crystal, Cobalt, Kiwi & Tangerine
Shipping and handling charges will be added at the time of shipment and can not be estimated.
- Item #: 766S
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
|Blenko Glass Crystal Pumpkin|
Monday, October 09, 2017
Ron Hinkle https://www.ronhinkleglass.com has made FLYING PIGS in an assortment of colors for a decade.
We've used them frequently as gifts to support friends going thru difficult times and in need of HOPE!
Most recently the Hinkle FLYING PIGS! have been used as a means of REMINDING friends and family members MIRACLE HAPPEN! We Believe in A CURE!
If you have a friend or family member suffering from Cancer or other serious illness. Consider adding a FLYING PIG to your glass collection. A gift of a " flying pig" in the appropriate color for your support team.
The PURPLE PIG - purple is the color for.Pancreatic Cancer.
Meaning"When pigs fly" is a way of saying that something will never happen. The phrase is often used for humorous effect, to scoff at over-ambition. There are numerous variations on the theme; when an individual with a reputation for failure finally succeeds, onlookers may sarcastically claim to see a flying pig. ("Hey look! A flying pig!") Other variations on the phrase include "And pigs will fly", this one in retort to an outlandish statement.
An example occurs in the film The Eagle Has Landed: an Irish secret agent working for the Nazis replies to a German general speaking of Germany's shortly winning World War II "Pigs may fly, General, but I doubt it!" Later, when the Irishman sees German soldiers parachuting before an attack, he says to himself, "Mother of God! Flying pigs!"
Similar phrases in English include "when hell freezes over", the Latin expression "to the Greek calends", and "and monkeys might fly out of my butt", popularized in Wayne's World skits and movies. They are examples of adynata. In Finnish, the expression "kun lehmät lentävät" (when cows fly) is used because of its alliteration.. In French, the most common expression is "quand les poules auront des dents" (when hens will have teeth).
The idiom is apparently derived from a centuries-old Scottish proverb, though some other references to pigs flying or pigs with wings are more famous. At least one appears in the works of Lewis Carroll:
"Thinking again?" the Duchess asked, with another dig of her sharp little chin.American literature author John Steinbeck was told by his professor that he would be an author when pigs flew. When he eventually became a novelist, he started to print every book he wrote with the insignia "Ad astra per alas porci" (to the stars on the wings of a pig). He sometimes added an image of a flying pig, called "Pigasus".
"I've a right to think," said Alice sharply, for she was beginning to feel a little worried.
"Just about as much right," said the Duchess, "as pigs have to fly...." — Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 9.
After the New Orleans Saints, long known for their lack of success, won the 2009 NFC Championship Game by making a field goal in sudden death overtime, longtime Saints radio announcer Jim Henderson exclaimed, "Pigs have flown! Hell has frozen over! The Saints are on their way to the Super Bowl!
Sunday, October 08, 2017
She has the entire collection from 1980.
She has no number higher than 55
all vases are signed by the Blenko Family Member and the Artist.**
** Be very careful when purchasing Blenko WVa Birthday Vases.
There was some issue with the factory during the Chapter 11 and WVa Birthday Vases that were 2nds and UNSIGNED were sold or given away - these were kept under lock and key with only admin having access. No one has said who is responsible, for these items being sold. It was not uncommon for BLENKO to Frost or alter in some manner special items - and then sell them. IT IS NOT BLENKO s USUAL POLICY TO SELL UNALTERED UNSIGNED SECONDS OF A WVA BLENKO VASE. I can assure this is NOT happening now and will not happen again.
BUT be cautious when you purchase a Blenko WVA Birthday Vase. Check the signature and the glass against the photos on www.blenkoproject.org The Blenko Project , Blenko Collectors Four or Blenko Collectors web sites.
We've seen several and have been told there were approximately 50 vases.
These vases in my opinion would have very little value.
Penny's Gmom had her collection appraised in 2000 the appraisal value was 16K. She will take offers and sell to the highest offer.
She will NOT break the collection.
She will accept offers until 11/27 when she plans to be in WVa for a week.
|Bayliss 2016 Bday|
Saturday, October 07, 2017
At my home we have pumpkins that are as old as I am. When you consider how much fresh pumpkins cost ( $8 to $ 30) the price for a forever pumpkin ($50 - $ 80 ) seems like a good deal even for a frugal person.
Each year the color or color combinations for PUMPKIN have changed, but this year Dean Six and Company are offering the most unique BLENKO PUMPKINS - these pumpkins are true works of art.
I'm posting some photos but you'll want to visit BLENKO GLASS online store and also the Visitors Center to view these pumpkins.
|Etched HAPPY FACE Pumpkin|
|Etched Mean Face|
|FREE FORM Blenko Pumpkin * my favorite|
|Etched Black CAT|
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Every item at BLENKO GLASS COMPANY in Milton, WVa is handcrafted. The glass items are produced in the Blenko Factory, they are unique, the prices are reasonable, the quality is exceptional.
If BLENKO GLASS isn't your go to place for unique gift items....well....check out BLENKO!
Approx. 5.75'' tall
Available in your choice of Topaz, Seabreeze & Tangerine
Shipping and handling charges will be added at the time of shipment and can not be estimated.
Sunday, October 01, 2017
Each year for the Milton Pumpkin Festival the glass artist at Blenko go the extra mile to create one of a kind unique - not found in the gift shop - PUMPKINS and Gourds.
You'll want to visit the Blenko GLASS booth at the Pumpkin Festival.
Milton Pumpkin FestivalOctober 5-8, 2017. First Thur-Fri-Sat-Sun in October annually.
Not our event but directly across the road from the Blenko factory and we are pleased to participate. A celebration of Everything pumpkin and Blenko offers a full “punkin patch” of diverse handmade glass ones!
Each person will be allowed to participate in every step necessary to create their very own glass pumpkin. (Pumpkins will all be Topaz with a Clover stem). No open toed shoes or sandals are allowed in the shop. Pumpkins will be available for pick up on Monday, October 16 at the gift shop(we can ship them if you prefer, you just need to make arrangements when you sign up for class).
Schedule of Events
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
In prior years Blenko made a pink pumpkin to support Breast Cancer research. For 2017, we offer a new shape. The Breast Cancer Awareness vase is approximately 6-7 inches in height. Each vase is uniquely hand made so they will vary. The base of each vase will be marked "BLENKO" with our hand logo and the year 2017. The price is $55 with $5 from each sale going to local breast cancer research and support. Vases may be purchased at the Blenko Visitors Center in Milton, WV or on line at shop.blenko.com under the listing of special editions. ( see Blenko Glass Facebook for additional info).
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
*Approx. 15'' long
*One end closed, the other opened and rough ground
*We plan to make more of these in the future.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
It is said life is what we make of it.....
If you haven't taken the children and grandchildren to Blenko Glass Milton, W.Va. Let me invite you to start planning this adventure.
Blenko Glass has a yearly calendar associated with their website. The calendar has all major Blenko Glass events marked.
Blenko is open daily and the observation tour is open for viewing most weekdays.
Most children prefer going to Blenko when an event is happening....but you'll know your children, gkids, and how they react to crowds. You'll want to come prepared with food for the ducks or a small fishing pole....bring your lunch and eat on the picnic tables in the glass garden. The Glass Garden** has been revamped and spruced up by Dean Six & Co. it is a lovely tree lined area with a small pond flowing near by.
Blenko Glass let your childlike wonder be reignited!
* As a child I preferred going when there were no crowds and I could intently observe the craftsmen working. My Dad and I always brought food for the ducks, and on occasion I would make brownies for Mr. Red - stain glass division. He frequently helped me find scrap pieces of Ruby Glass for my small stain glass projects. Life was simple.
www.blenkoproject.org to learn more about the history of Blenko Glass and to view a large collection of Blenko Glass catalogs. The Blenko Project.
** The Glass Garden was designed by Joel Phillip Myers at the request of Ms. Marion Blenko. Ms Blenko was an avid gardener and enjoy the more exotic shrubs and trees. Blenko Glass has been used by gardeners to enhance their green space for decades. While Blenko does not promote the use of Blenko Glass outdoors - in my own family we have glass in the garden that precedes my birth. Occasionally a deer or raccoon will knock over and break an item, but thus far the elements of weather has not harmed the Blenko Glass in my Dad's garden.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
|This container was mostly recently among the items offer at discount.|
Sunday, September 10, 2017
" To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often." Winston Churchill
You don't seem to write about the changes at Blenko. Each time I come for a festival or event it seems there are changes. Old long time people leaving and new people, or changes to everything.
Can you start to write about the factory. Who is in charge now and what is the future looking like?
We haven't heard from you in a good while. I trust everything is good with your parents.
Blenko continues to evolve and grow. Most of the results of the changes are good. Most folks dislike change of any kind.
I think this is very common, the fear or dislike of change.
You are correct - its been a long time since I focused on the factory workers. Truth be told, its been a good while since I've been to Blenko. This week I did ask several of the volunteers if they would collect photos of the factory workers and forward any information they picked up.
What I do know is Blenko is alive, and well, and needs all of us promote the Hand Crafted Made In USA Glass they make. I believe the most important changes happened less than 2 years ago when Mr. Walter Blenko CEO recruited Dean Six and Ron Hinkle to take charge of the day to day operation of Blenko Glass. *
Dean Six who is considered by most to be one of the most prominent experts on American glass.
He has written books on the topic. ( look for a post about Dean Six in Sept).
Over 520 beautiful color photographs display the fine quality, distinctive, handmade, modern glassware produced by the Viking Glass Company of New Martinsville, West Virginia, from 1944 to 1970. Viking animals, baskets, candelabras, novelties, smoking items, tablewares, and vases are shown in various patterns, cuttings, etchings, and other decorations, including Banford, Burlap, Crackle, Encore, Meadow Wreath, Three Foils, and Viking Star. Thorough listings of the Viking product lines, from Ancestral to Tundra, are accompanied by a company history, an extensive bibliography, index, and current market values. This book is a must for everyone with an appreciation for fine quality glassware.
Dean Six as we mentioned is the author or contributor for more than a dozen books about American Glass. The avid collector will want to purchase all the Dean Six books for their reference library.
Ron Hinkle came on about the same time .You probably know and have purchased Ron Hinkle Glass. He is known nation wide for his exquisite glass creations.
Hinkle had a long history of working in Glass Factories prior to his 10+ years as a successful entrepreneur with DYING ART GLASS.
* Ron Hinkle in May of this year returned to his studio. If you don't yet own Hinkle Glass, please view his website. Ron Hinkle is a West Virginia Treasure. His glass work is reasonably priced and has a long history of increasing in after market price. Below is a link for Ron Hinkle Glass.
Ron Hinkle Glass
Factory Tours and Demonstrations are given Monday - Friday from 9 AM until 3 PM. You may also visit the Gallery and Studio Monday - Friday from 9 AM until 5 PM and Saturdays from 9 AM - 2 PM.
Friday, September 08, 2017
As a WV Glass collector and promoter I see no better way to " wear your colors" than the Blenko Glass T-Shirts now being sold online and in the Milton, W.Va gift shop. This is one of the best designs and we think its a T-Shirt that most everyone would enjoy owning. Available for under $20 and in several colors.
Sunday, September 03, 2017
Over the years a number of designers have created special pieces with all three colors - most highly collectable are the Wayne Husted design.
However, most of us just use a combination of individual pieces of red and blue ( Blenko has the most beautiful ruby glass).
Using your Blenko and WV Glass as a part of your daily and special holiday décor is a
"good thing." Its also provides an opportunity to tell your gkids and others about the history of each item you are using.
Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September, that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. It was first nationally recognized in 1894 to placate unionists following the Pullman Strike. With the decline in union membership, the holiday is generally viewed as1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York.] Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882,[ after witnessing the annual labour festival held in Toronto, Canada.[ Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.
Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve rush legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday; President Grover Cleveland signed it into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.[ The September date originally chosen by the CLU of New York and observed by many of the nation's trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers' Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would be associated with the nascent Communist, Syndicalist and Anarchist movements that, though distinct from one another, had rallied to commemorate the Haymarket Affair in International Workers' Day. All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have made it a statutory holiday. a time for barbeques and the end of summer vacations
To take advantage of large numbers of potential customers free to shop, Labor Day has become an important sale weekend for many retailers in the United States. Some retailers claim it is one of the largest sale dates of the year, second only to the Christmas season's Black Friday. Phone Blenko Glass or check website for gift shop hours during this holiday. Remember the online store is open 24/7.
Ironically, because of the importance of the sale weekend, some of those who are employed in the retail sector not only work on Labor Day, but work longer hours. More Americans work in the retail industry than any other, with
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that of those employed in the retail sector, only 3% are members of a Labor Union.
* The above is from wiki and was provided by Steve - a Webmaster and Blenko Project friend. Steve. Steve reports he couldn't find photos of the Husted red/white/and blue glass so he sent 3 photos of glass.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Blenko has a new designer, this is another of his unique designs. It became available in earlier this month.
If you have not yet placed an order for these 2 items. May I suggest you consider adding both to your collection of Blenko Glass.
Blenko Glass of Milton, W.Va.
|Tequila Sunrise ( Vase and Pitcher)||To learn more about Blenko Glass visitt The Blenko Project|
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Blenko Glass Company. Blenko Blog . Heart of Glass. How Do You Display Your Water Bottle Collection?
|Awesome! Collection of Blenko ( photo from Blenko Collection via internet - Audrey H.)|
|How Do You Display Your Water Bottle Collection?|
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
" No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
My new inlaws just hate Blenko. They do not understand our collecting or
obsession with the colors or the glass.
Suggestions? It makes me feel horrible. She says its a long forgotten glass that our local (Pittsburgh) Kaufman's carried briefly in the early 70s. No longer in vogue nor was it ever very popular.
I would prefer not to be rude.
Your Mother in law is correct. Blenko is a small, local manufacturer, it once was more popular.
What she doesn't understand is, Blenko is the only source IF one wants to buy Made In The USA glass and tablewares. No one does color better than Blenko. Again she is correct it was true in the 50 -70s but its still true today. Kaufman's ( Pittsburgh) sold Blenko in for more than a decade.
Perhaps not defending Blenko, just allowing the comments to drop.
It appears you are being defensive and allowing her to have you question the the quality of the item you and your husband are passionate about.
Note: I have absolutely NO mother in law experience.
|Kaufman Dept Store - Sold more Crystal Blenko than any of the other Blenko vendors.|
Sunday, August 20, 2017
8'' Diameter, 5" Tall
In Crystal/Cobalt Fade.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
'It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive." Bruce Springsteen
I take great pleasure in knowing where the dishes I use were make ( Fiesta / W.Va), where my glasses ( Blenko, W.Va) where my cutlery was made (Sweden) . Its important to me that I buy
things that will last and preferable things that were made in the USA and are made to last!
Blenko has been making glass for nearly 100 years, we are blessed in West Virginia to live so near Fiesta and Blenko , to be able to purchase both with major discounts at the factories.
We can daily use our Fiesta and Blenko, enjoying the vivid colors and the high quality table wares.
If you haven't visited Blenko or Fiesta recently, may I suggest you take the family and visit this summer.
Allow your children and grandchildren the pleasure of seeing glass and china being made, to know where their glassware was made.
To feel pride in knowing it was made in their state.
For a number of years Blenko has been hosting weekend events that include activities for children .
If you haven't yet taken advantage of these activities check out the yearly schedule www.blenkoglass.com and plan to attend one or more of the events.
|A collection of Blenko Glass - various colors|
|Retired Blenko Employee who frequently gave tours of Blenko under direction of Ms Marion for special groups|
Sunday, August 13, 2017
at 50% or more below retail
check out the discount or discontinued link
you'll be very pleasantly surprised by the reduced prices.
Shop Blenko www.blenkoglass.com for all your gifts.
Blenko Glass. Made in THE USA!
We recently found this butterfly decanter at 25% off retail.
Friday, August 11, 2017
All handmade and each unique. These (4'' - 4.5'' tall) pieces take the form of a seated cat with facial features and a long tail. Fun, whimsical and captivating in their individuality. $39.00 each.
At this time Cool Cats are offered as an assorted item. Frit colors are chosen by the makers
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Here is the Blenko Hand Logo sticker that I bought at the Visitor's Center
Lin Larsen Sent from my iPhone
Saturday, August 05, 2017
Are made from Blenko Glass Vases.
You might look in the catalogues for a vases similar to the shape of your vase base.
A worker at Blenko CH ( Charlie Harsbarger) is the person most often responsible for
making the lamps. He is a talented lamp designer. He uses high quality glass rods and high quality wires.
For years until the mid 70s Blenko provides shades, after this time no shades were provided. It was too difficult to ship the shades and also Blenko tell me the decorators wanted the ability to use their own shades.
Its impossible to tell what year your lamp was made. Some lamps have the initials CH and a date. If you have one of these lamps then the date would be significant.
Otherwise check the catalog for the year your base was made. Blenko glass designs are often in the catalog for a decade or most.
Friday, August 04, 2017
Annually a big draw. A selection of classes are offered for all ages within the factory. From hot glass to crafts with wood, glass and glue for youngsters. Special prices, tours, signing event and family activities. Family fun. Classes fill quickly. Annual commemorative medallions will be given out free with purchase of any item $10 or more or (sold separately for $10). CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CLASS SCHEDULE & SIGN UP INFORMATION
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Blenko Glass was founded by a gentleman from England who never gave up. He faced multiple set backs, but kept on pursuing his dream of making glass in America.
What's new at Blenko? Awesome New Designer and New Series.
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