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 29, 2017

Blenko Glass . Heart of Glass. Calling all CHESS PLAYERS - unique items from Blenko.

This series is not cheap...but if you can collect all the pieces it will be a priceless collection.   In 1980  Shorty Finley made on his lunch hours with the assistance of Don Sheperd a Blenko Glass Chess set inspired by STAR WARS - he later offered the set for sale at the Huntington Museum of Art for $3800 ( the price of a Volkswagen in the 80s).

This series is traditional and will appeal to a wide audience.   Aaron Harvey is the new designer and a name to remember.   

Checkmate Series

The line, titled Checkmate, will include the suite of pieces in a full chess set. Pawn, knight, bishop, rook, king and queen are in planning and are to be produced over the next year to year and a half. A grouping of three differing Checkmate decanters make a strong visual statement. For the intense chess aficionado an entire oversized chess set could be assembled in both crystal and cobalt and a game

Created by Blenko’s newest designer Aaron Harvey, the 2nd piece in our new Checkmate series is meant to resemble a bishop piece in its traditional shape. Each piece made in the chess set will be offered in crystal with cobalt accents and cobalt with crystal accents. The bishop measures roughly 15.5” inches in height.  It bears all the hallmarks of handmade glass including a rough pontil on the base and will bear the hand carved name of Blenko and the year 2017. The contrasting color stopper for the bishop is accented with decorative etchings meant to resemble a bishop’s hat.

Created by Blenko’s newest designer Aaron Harvey the initial piece in our new Checkmate series is meant to resemble a pawn with the traditional shape of a large spherical top and a colonnade–like form. Each piece made in the chess set will be offered in crystal with cobalt accents and cobalt with crystal accent. The pawn measures roughly 10.5” inches in height.  It bears all the hallmarks of handmade glass including a rough pontil on the base and will bear the sand carved name of Blenko and the year. The stopper for the pawn is an oversized, contrasting color hollow ball that sits atop the piece.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass. Will My Blenko Increase in Value?

The most frequently ask question is ,  " Will my glass increase in value?"
It's an impossible question.
But the listing below is proof that if you chose a piece that is well designed - as most Husted pieces are - and the color is great - then the value may increase over time.
Husted for Blenko 1960s

Wayne Husted blenko glass decanter yellow USA, 1960s. With stopper. Model number: 6027 - Jonquil Yellow.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. Juvenile Diabetes

Blenko Glass Creation for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the world’s leading source of research to cure and prevent type 1 diabetes. BLENKO GLASS joins with thousands of people who want to combat this disease and our contribution to this cause is this production of a special edition piece of glass. The chosen Blenko form is a Crystal vase handcrafted to be 9 ¾ inches tall with a Cobalt Blue ring around the middle of the vase as well as a Cobalt wrap around the top . A blue circle is the universal symbol for diabetes. Each vase will bear the signature of Blenko Glass and 2017 on the base.
$5 from the sale of each piece being donated to the JDRF.   JUVENILE DIABETES

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. New Item : Wine Carafe

Blenko has as a new item the Wine Carafe.   While I am not  knowledgeable about wine, I do know West Virginia has 12 excellent vineyards.   I think perhaps the pairing of something purchased from West Virginia Vineyards  and the new Blenko Glass  wine carafe  would made an impressive hostess gift or wedding gift.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blenko Glass Blog. FIRE AND ICE!

We first saw the BLENKO GLASS   FIRE AND ICE in 2006,   It remains one of the most beautiful of Blenko Glass creations.   This series consist of a sloped shoulder vase,  2 vases and this pitcher.

This item is currently in the BLENKO GLASS discontinued page www.blenkoglass.com and on sale for a very low price.
If you don't own this pitcher, you'll want to purchase before they sell out.
If you do own - consider buying a one at this discontinued price for your gift closet.

1706 Fire and Ice Pitcher
11" Tall
Shipping and handling charges will be added at the time of shipment and can not be estimated.
*Potentially longer lead time for this item.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass. HALLOWEEN T-Shirt

This Blenko Glass Pumpkin T-Shirt can be purchased for under $20  from the Blenko Glass Company www.blenkoglass.com ( online) or  at the Milton WVa Blenko Glass gift shop.  BLENKO GLASS

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. Vintage Barware

Recently in an HGTV magazine I read the new fad is to collect vintage decanters and barware.  The author suggested you might vintage

find hand blown decanters for $100 or less, clean them up and display in your home bar.

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.
14" Tall
*Actual freight charges are added to your invoice at time of shipment. We Ship UPS or Fedex.
  • Item #: 6819.         TVHGTV

Friday, October 13, 2017

Blenko Glass Blog. WHAT S NEW?

This bowl is available in several colors, www.blenkoglass.com  to view the colors.
The bowl is under $30  and currently available for purchase.  

Dahlia Bowl 
Approx. 7'' in diameter.
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. Simple, Elegant and Eye-catching!

Simple, Elegant and Eye-catching. This special edition to our pumpkin line is accented with a crackled finish and curly Kiwi stem. Small pumpkins are approx. 4.5'' in diameter and will only be available for a short time (now through day before Thanksgiving)  BLENKO GLASS Company.
Blenko Glass Crystal Pumpkin  

Monday, October 09, 2017

Blenko Glass. Heart of Glass Blog. " When Pigs Fly" Hope and Belief in Miracles.

The phrase "when pigs fly" (alternatively, "pigs might fly") is —a figure of speech so hyperbolic that it describes an impossibility. The implication of such a phrase is that the circumstances in question (the adynaton, and the circumstances to which the adynaton is being applied) will never occur.    Or in the case of CANCER or Serious Illness It Means.....We're Wishing for a Miracle ..Believing in a CURE!
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.


"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.
"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.
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".

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!    

Support https://www.pancan.org  Pancreatic Cancer Research.   

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Entire Collection of Blenko West Virginia B-Day Vase for sale. Heart of Glass. Blenko Glass.

We are helping Penny Dean with the sale of her gmom's WVa B-day Vases.
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

Blenko Glass PUMPKINS. The Pumpkins are in STOCK and in the Visitor Center - gift shop.

Blenko Glass - Milton, WVa   has made PUMPKINS since the early 80s.   Each year the pumpkins are unique and delightful.

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

Blenko Glass Blog. Heart of Glass. Looking for that unusual gift?

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.
  • Item #: 1217
    Available in other colors  check www.blenkoglass.com   

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Milton Pumpkin Festival Oct 5-8

Blenko Glass Company - Milton has for decades made the most unique and colorful glass pumpkins, gourds and decorative fall items.

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 Festi​valOctober 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!

Make Your Own Glass Pumpkin Classes                                                                        Friday, October 6 (ALL CLASSES FULL)  Classes are filled - but the gift shop is open and this is a very special time to visit BLENKO!  

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).

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