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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.

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American Mid-Century Modern Rare Amoeba Blenko Glass Bowl
By Blenko Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful and rare color amoeba shape textured glass bowl dish , by Blenko circa 1960's excellent condition no chips or cracks.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Pair of Vases by Joel Myers, Model No. 6427 for Blenko
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of Joel Myers colored glass vases, model no. 6427, 1960s. Manufactured by Blenko. The tallest vase is 23.25" high and 2.75" diameter. The smaller vase is about 22.75" high and 2...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Blown Glass

Monumental Blenko Decanter with Stopper design 6732-L Artist Joel Philip Myers
By Joel Philip Myers, Blenko Glass
Located in Buffalo, NY
Extremely rare Blenko decanter with stopper, design #6732-L.... Designed by Artist Joel Philip Myers, This piece was only produced for 1 year, 1967 -1968, There's only one That i am ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass

Small Table Lamp by Blenko in Teal
By Blenko Glass
Located in South Charleston, WV
This shape of Blenko has been in the catalog for some time and was reproduced at various times. This however is an uncommon lamp size, diminutive and petite in nature and ideal for a...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Art Glass

Rare Wayne Husted for Blenko "Kitty" Cat Bottle with Stopper
By Wayne Husted, Blenko Glass
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

Crackled green lamp by Blenko
By Blenko Glass
Located in South Charleston, WV
Model LP-14, A lovely single olive green art glass green table lamp by Blenko studio, 1970s. In a crackle finish on wood turned wood base with original adjustable harp with original ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Art Glass, Maple

Mid-Century Modern, Amberina, Blenko Glass, Moonshine Jug
By Blenko Glass
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-20th century Blenko glass moonshine jug in amberina - large size of rounded bell form having a single applied loop handle below the flared mouth and an out-turned rim at the base...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Blenko

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Blown Glass

Vintage Glass Elephant Bookends by Blenko
By Blenko Glass, Joel Myers
Located in San Diego, CA
Midcentury glass elephant pair of bookends designed by Joel Myers for Blenko. Made of dense textured glass with an elephant design. Sculptural, unique and whimsy. Each is handcrafted...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blenko

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Glass

  • Vintage Glass Elephant Bookends by Blenko
  • Vintage Glass Elephant Bookends by Blenko
  • Vintage Glass Elephant Bookends by Blenko
  • Vintage Glass Elephant Bookends by Blenko
H 6.25 in. W 5.75 in. D 1.25 in.
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Blenko furniture for sale on 1stDibs

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 131 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Blenko were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Dorothy Thorpe, Steuben Glass and Ben Seibel. Blenko furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$75 and tops out at US$5,500, while pieces like these can sell for US$488 on average.
Questions About Blenko
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Identifying a Blenko lamp often comes down to studying the forms and shapes of authentic Blenko lamps and comparing similar pieces. Since the majority of Blenko glass lamps will no longer have the sticker that was used for identification, you can look at books that are basically reprints of the annual Blenko catalogue, visit a collector-run website, or have a professional assessor look at it. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Blenko lamps from top sellers worldwide.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Blenko glass is hand-blown sheet glass that is used for stained glass windows or architectural glass. The Blenko Glass Company is most recognized for their work with the St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Shop a wide selection of Blenko glass goods on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To know if glassware is Blenko glass, you will likely need to seek the help of a licensed appraiser. Blenko did not sign most pieces and did not create specific patterns. As a result, it is usually not possible to identify Blenko glass using only online resources. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of expertly vetted Blenko glassware.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Blenko glass is still made. The Blenko Glass Company produces their products at a company-owned factory in Milton, West Virginia. It opened in 1921 and is well known for producing decorative bottles, bowls and vases. Find a selection of Blenko glass on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    West Virginia-based Blenko Glass Company made its beloved jewel-toned, hand-blown glass lamps from 1947 through 1963. The company, established in 1893, has operated out of Milton, WV, since 1921, and started out producing glass vases and decanters. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Blenko pieces from top sellers worldwide.

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