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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Blenko...Where to start?

We have more Blenko art glass than we know what to do with. There's no way I can show it to you all at one time, so I'll just dole it out, a few pieces at a time...again, depending on how much we have left at the end of this busy arts festival weekend. Here are close-ups and IDs of the ones pictured in an earlier post.

Blenko #636 decanter by Wayne Husted

Blenko #6424 vase/candleholder by Joel Myers

6422 bottle by Joel Myers

6533 decanter by Joel Myers (with a married stopper, I think)

Vase by John Nickerson,
but I'm not sure of the number. Help, Blenko collectors!

37 decanter was as close as I could come...
but the neck seems too short.
I'm assuming this is a pre-designer piece.


I love Blenko, but I am by no means an expert. Armed with my Leslie Piña books, I identify pieces as best I can, but I'm always appreciative when real Blenko collectors/experts share information with me. If I'm wrong on any of these, please let me know.

27 comments:

  1. Loving the 6533, I'm new to Blenko, so look forward to more visual treats! Happy Eater Dana! Xx

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    1. There's plenty more to come! Happy Easter to you too.

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  3. I love these; the colors and shapes are so fun. I would love to have a small collection on my window, they would go with my other glass objects. I need to replace my cheapo green bottle with stopper with something better.

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    1. Blenko really is fun. There are so many gorgeous colors and shapes to choose from. I know you'd love a small collection. I had a small group of the tangerine color on my kitchen windowsill for a while, and it was so cheery.

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    1. Thanks! I'll be showing quite a bit more in the coming days. We bought several pieces and then got in a large consignment.

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  5. Oh i love the first one, the green is beautiful! Scarlett x

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    1. I think the all the greens and oranges are my favorite Blenko colors.

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  6. These are all so beautiful!
    Hope you are enjoying your Easter.
    =)

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    1. A little rainy here, but the boys still got to hunt eggs. Hope your Easter is beautiful.

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  7. You'll need more than a dozen posts to showcase them Blenkos. ( :

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    1. I may have to just hit the highlights. I don't want to turn this into an "all Blenko all the time" blog. :)

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  8. Blenko Beautiful Blenko!!! I'm just starting to learn more about the line so appreciate this bit of info!
    Cheers ~ Lara

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    1. Blenko has a long, interesting history, and I think you'll enjoy getting to know about their designs.

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  9. Hello!
    I have a 861 in sapphire blue that was a wedding gift several years ago. I'm wondering how you were able to identify it...after seeing your post, I went poking around online & couldn't find *anything*. I'd love to know whatever you know about it.
    Thanks so much!
    Judy
    *oh, and I really like yours...it looks like a granny smith apple.*

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    1. The best sources I've found for identification are books by Leslie Piña. I also find great information at blenkocollectors.com and blenkoarchive.org. From 1953 till 2002, the first two digits of a Blenko design number indicated the year the design was introduced. Don Shepherd was the Blenko design director from 1974-1988. That's all I know about the piece.

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  11. Great picture, am excited to see more of your photos. I love Blenko and have about 40 pieces myself. I have the same as the first two pieces photographed. I have the first item in the same green and in blue. The 6422 is one of my favorites. I mostly only have the 50's - 70's pieces, but buy at least one piece a year direct from Blenko to help support them. It seems the past few years they are always in danger of shutting down, which I hope never happens.I have a few pieces for sale in my Etsy store if anyone interested please take a look!
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/HappilyEraAfter

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    1. Welcome to my blog. I'm glad you enjoyed the Blenko post and will keep coming back so you don't miss the next two.

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  12. Love the Blenko I daily read a Blenko blog I'll send her a link to your blog.
    They are good about helping with identifications.

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  13. link is http://herald-dispatchblogs04.blogspot.com
    No one ever has too much Blenko!

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    1. I just found your comments and the link you sent. I usually respond to all comments, but somehow yours slipped by me. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the link. Do you have all the Leslie Pina books? That's what I use for identification.

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  14. Well, I thought I scored my first Blenko yesterday, but alas... I was carrying this green petal salad bowl with green lucite servers at an estate sale when a lady who is a Blenko collector tells her husband that "she has one in her hands." Imagine how excited I was. So we got to talking. One tip she gave is that a Blenko will always have a smooth cut in the bottom. But after some research after I got home I discovered that what I have is an Indiana Handcraft. A Blenko has 14 petals while an Indiana Handcraft has only 12 more rounded petals (www.blenkocollectors.com). Sigh... But I was not the first (http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/lg-blenko-tangerine-glass-salad-bowl-w-lucite)!

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    1. Sorry about your disappointment! I think all new Blenko collectors have that experience. I know we have! I recommend the books by Leslie Pina and the following websites:

      blenkocollectors.com
      blenkoarchives.org

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  15. The blenko project www.blenkoproject.org has all the Blenko Glass catalogs on line for identification

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