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Blenko

A producer of hand-blown glass since 1893, Blenko Glass is currently headquartered in Milton, West Virginia, where it has operated since 1921. Among its many illustrious projects are the stained-glass windows it produced for St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Washington National Cathedral. Blenko is known today for the brilliant colors of its glass vessels and objects—particularly those produced in the 1950s and ’60s—which range from jewel-like blues and greens to brilliant reds and yellows.

The company was founded by William J. Blenko, an English immigrant who was apprenticed to a glassmaker in his native London as a young man. Blenko developed expertise in the production of rondels, the round panes used in stained glass windows. His interest in the potential of natural gas to fire glass furnaces led him to Milton, where abundant reserves of the fuel had attracted a pool of skilled glassblowers. Under the name Eureka Glass, his company began making window glass in 1923, and in 1925, he was joined in the business by his son, William H. Blenko.

When the Great Depression quelled demand for stained glass, William J. Blenko brought local Milton glassblowers into the company to begin producing stem- and tableware, products for which the company, which changed its name to Blenko in 1930, is now best known. Up until the end of World War II, Blenko’s tableware designs were fairly straightforward, and they sold well at American department such as Gump’s, in San Francisco. The company was also commissioned in 1930 to produce a line of reproductions for Colonial Williamsburg.

In 1947, the company hired as its art director Winslow Anderson, who introduced artful, fanciful and modern vessels and objects in vibrant colors. This began what collectors refer to as Blenko’s “historic period.” A number of Anderson’s designs were honored by the Museum of Modern Art’s Good Design Awards in 1950, and throughout the 1950’s and ‘60s, the company enjoyed robust sales and critical acclaim. The forms Blenko produced during this period followed the contemporary vogue for biomorphism, or organic modernism, which favored rounded and fluid shapes inspired by nature.

One of Blenko’s most influential designers, Wayne Husted, who was active from 1953 to ’63, is credited with aligning Blenko’s products with the prevailing mid-century modern aesthetic by pushing the envelope on both form and color, particularly in his wedge-cut and Spool decanters and his Echoes series. Joel Philip Myers, who designed for Blenko in the 1960s, brought a sense of whimsy and visual excess to the product line, in keeping with the psychedelic look favored during the period.

Blenko Glass still produces many of its classic designs in items ranging from stemware and tableware to decorative objects and ornamental decanters. Among collectors, pieces created under Husted’s creative direction are of special interest. The company has come to the attention of younger audiences through the documentaries Blenko: Hearts of Glass and Blenko Retro: Three Designers of American Glass, both of which aired on PBS. Blenko also designed the glass award trophy for the Country Music Awards.

Average Sold Price
$487
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Architectural Glass Blenko Lilac Vessel with Stopper by Wayne Husted
By Blenko Glass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Architectural lilac glass bottle with stopper by Wayne Husted and manufactured by Blenko, USA. Measures 31.5" high (without stopper), 33" high (with stopper). Stopper is 5.5" diamete...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass

1980s American Blown Art Glass Footed Vase by Blenko Glass
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1980s American blown art glass aqua and translucent ribbed and fluted footed vase by Blenko glass. Original Blenko glass manufacturer sticker in tact, indicating 1980-1999 production.
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20th Century American Blenko

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Blown Glass

Joel Myers Emerald Green Blenko Genie Bottle Vase Retro Midcentury Art Glass
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Joel Myers emerald green floor decanter vase/bottle Model #6954 Blenko, 1969. Very good vintage condition, no chips, no cracks.    
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

20th Century Tall Amber Optic Art Glass Vase by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1980'S Amber Optic Tall Art Glass vase by Blenko Glass Co. Maintains the original Blenko sticker, Handmade-Blenko.
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20th Century American Blenko

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Blown Glass

Blenko Mid-Century Modern Glass Bookends with Elephant Motif
By Blenko Glass
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Mid-Century Modern glass bookends depicting elephants on the front end. The pair was made in the United States by Blenko in the 1960s and is in very good vintage condition.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass

Mid Century Blenko Amorphic Centerpiece Bowl
By Blenko Glass
Located in Buchanan, NY
Blenko 1963 heavy free form amorphic centerpiece bowl in green. Very good condition. Ref #: H0721-02 Dimensions: 5”H x 15.5”W x 7.5”D
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Pair of Vintage Blenko Glass Vases, circa 1960's
By Blenko Glass
Located in Chappaqua, NY
Pair of vintage Blenko glass vases, circa 1960's. Hand-blown aquamarine glass. Distinctive shape that mimics a paper bag. Original label. Blenko glass manufacturer started in 1893, l...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Rare Wayne Husted for Blenko "Kitty" Cat Bottle with Stopper
By Blenko Glass, Wayne Husted
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare Wayne Husted for Blenko cat bottle with stopper.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Art Glass

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Blenko Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

The Blenko furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Blenko collection of furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 84 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original Blenko furniture was created in the Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by David Cressey, Dorothy Thorpe and Steuben Glass. The prices for Blenko Furniture can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $75 and tops out at $5,500, while pieces like these can sell for $495 on average.