BLENKO ART GLASS
1921 to Present
Benko Art Glass began production of hand-made studio glass in 1921 West Virginia, USA. One of the very few survivors of the U.S.A.’s glass industry, specializing in colorful, creative and noteworthy art glass and household glass, and still in business today, Blenko is a favorite among collectors of old and new glass.
Blenko’s mid-20th century glass reflects the modernist décor style of the 1940’s through 1970’s. The company’s products were hand-made, very colorful and usually large in size. Blenko glass is almost always thick walled and heavy. The highly characteristic glass usually has some bubbles and lines, and sometimes small inclusions from the furnace.
Blenko Art Glass colors are vivid and some have become famous over the years with nicknames like ‘Blenko Blue’. Collectors enjoy amassing groups of Blenko forms in their favorite Blenko colors. Blenko specialized in giant forms of art glass. Most giant Blenko items were made in the past, but a couple styles of giant decanters are available new. Giants measure from 20 inches to 3 feet tall. Blenko also produced miniatures of the giants, but their miniatures are larger than most.
First among the many forms collectors crave are the Blenko Giants. Vintage giants are hard to find today due to the low survival rate of these immense glass creations.
Blenko Art Glass was great then…and still is today. Contemporary Blenko creations are made with the new style of glass, which melts at a lower temperature than old fashioned organic glass, but the Blenko magic is still there. Long live Blenko Art Glass
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