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Friday, March 25, 2011

Wayne Husted

I've developed a fascination for Blenko glass, and I've decided that Wayne Husted is my favorite Blenko designer. We have several of his pieces at the store, and I have some at home.

Wayne Husted (1927- ) was born in Hudson, New York. After high school, Husted entered the Coast Guard. In 1948 he entered Alfred University, where he ultimately received a M.F.A. in Ceramic Design in 1953.

Husted started to work for Blenko in 1953 and was with the company until 1963. Each year he was with Blenko, he came up with 50-60 new designs. He became known for his large architectural bottles and decanters, which typify the era and which he pioneered at Blenko. Husted's work is highly collectible, and he has become the most sought after of the Blenko designers.

After leaving Blenko, Husted designed for several other glass companies, including Viking, Anchor Hocking, Stelvia and Bischoff.

Husted is still a prolific glass designer today. His Olana collection is described as a "three dimensional painting in glass." After 36 years, he returned to Blenko in 1999.



  1. This is such a great site! I like the way you set this up! Great content and images as well! Thanks for sharing this!...Daniel

  2. @Daniel: Thanks and welcome to the site! I'm glad you enjoyed your experience here and will come back often.

  3. The pics are amazing. I also love Husted's designs. Glass can be such a challenging medium. If only I owned a piece by Chiluly..*sigh*

  4. Those are amazing. I can just see them on a bar or coffee table in an ultra cool swinging pad.

  5. Oooo, lovely pieces. Very rich colours! Which pieces do you have? (I'm a snoop, remember?)

  6. Gorgeous shapes and colors - I love that blue collection!