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, June 27, 2018

JULY 4th Party? You'll want to add this item from Blenko Glass

Stars ‘n Stripes XL Flared Vase


Wave your flag this year with Blenko’s Stars ’n Stripes. Fine Crystal glass wrapped in Ruby Red with three Stamped Cobalt Stars.
Approximately 13” tall.   Visit www.blenkoglass.com   to order and view multiple photos of this set.   

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Happy Father's Day -

Happy Father's Day.

This photo is of my father - John Reed Homburg.   From the time I was 3 until I began college,  he took me weekly to Blenko Glass for scrap sheet glass.  We used these pieces  to make glass projects.   

My Dad is a 25 year member of the WVU Master Gardener's program.
He was a board member for the Blenko Collectors Society.
A Koi Club Board Member 
He is an avid promotor of WV Arts and most especially WV Glass.

He worked as a lawyer and director of Legislative Services at the State Capitol for 44 years.

This week he donated his personal collection of  Blenko Glass and the WV Birthday Vase (2000 - 2017) to the State of West Virginia.  The vases will be a part of the WV Birthday Celebration at the Cultural Center this week.   Unselfishly he did this so others might see the entire collection as a whole,  and to promote the  Blenko Glass Company.   
He maintained a 35  year friendship with the Blenko Family.

Saturday, June 16, 2018


    If you have BLENKO - WV Bday Vases you no longer love, or have room for...please let us know.

We have a list of folks desiring to complete or start in some cases their BLENKO GLASS WV B-day Collection.

If you can help
please contact us


Friday, June 15, 2018

THE LONG WAIT HAS STARTED! Blenko Bday Vase will go on sale Saturday Morning!!!!

Folks started lining up on Wednesday,  please don't expect to arrive at 8am Saturday and be lucky enough to acquire a Birthday Vase by Blenko Glass.

The lines are long.  My family tries to be there before 2 am on Saturday morning....but you never know about the number of people in line.

This years vase is spectacular 
Its designed by Blenko's latest designer.  I have yet to meet them but have read and heard how well liked they are by the Blenko Craftsman and collectors.

Good Luck!

Blenko's WV Birthday Vase -

A West Virginia Tradition:

Each year since 1980 Blenko Glass has produced a vase in honor of the State Of WVa 's Birthday.

The concept is said to have began as a conversation between Bill Blenko Jr and the Diamond Department Store.  

It's now going on 38 years.   Each year devoted Blenko Glass Collectors start standing in line 2-5 days ( or 6 hrs) prior to the 8 am sale. Often this is a family - friend event, folks bring xtra drinks and cookies to share during the wait.  A yearly  reunion of B-Day Collectors.
  The number of vases is limited to the age of our State.

The Blenko Project has recorded 10 complete sets.   If you have a complete set, please contact
theblenkoproject@aol.com .   The Blenko Project also assist folks with finding the vases they need to complete their B-Day set and to assist with rehoming BDay vases no longer needed.

This year the vase is exceptional.   It's large ( for those of you who want the architectural piece),  the new designers understand how important this piece is to collectors.   You'll agree when you see this it's an exceptional WVa Bday Vase.
As always we are grateful to Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com for photos and information.

2017 WV Birthday Vase

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Blenko Glass Events for Friday and Saturday - WV Birthday

An Invitation from the Blenko Family to everyone.

Join us for events on Friday, June 15 & Saturday, June 16!!!

Come join us on this special occasion as we celebrate our state's 155th birthday during our Annual West Virginia Day Celebration. On June 20, 1863 West Virginia was incorporated as the 35th state of the union and to commemorate this historic day we have designed 155 limited and stunning pieces to be sold to the public on a first come first serve basis (Limit one per person. NO advance orders. NO phone orders).

This year's birthday piece will go on sale Saturday, June 16. 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 Designers, Emma Walters & Andrew Shaffer. During the celebration we will have West Virginia Day birthday cake and refreshments for all to enjoy (while supplies last) and Walter Blenko Jr. will be available from 8am until 12noon to sign additional glass purchases. Don't miss your chance to own one of these rare and beautiful pieces!

Note:  While you are at Blenko -visit the newly redesigned glass garden.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Father's Day! Blenko Has you covered. Who's Mug Is That.

Hey Who's Mug is That?
Happy Father's Day !

Make Father's Day extra special with a DAD'S etched Tankard.

Choose between Crystal, Tangerine, and Pawpaw.

Fits a perfect 16oz pint.
* Note:  This mug can be engraved with most any name you choose, ( ask your sales person for more info) ie BOSS, Mom etc.

Father’s Day Tankard Mug