CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – The Blenko Glass Company holds a special part of West Virginia history, industry and art, and the company’s new Mountain Series is inspired by the beauty of the Mountain State.
Based in Milton, West Virginia since 1921, Blenko Glass Company is known for its handmade West Virginia art pieces and collectibles. The company’s new 2022 collection reflects the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains with gorgeous natural colors and mountain-inspired shapes.
“I knew this year I wanted to focus specifically on the Appalachians and West Virginia,” said Bryson Cutler, director of site operations for the Bleenko Glass Company, who designed the Mountain series.
“I have been here my whole life and to see our area change, develop and grow was really great to see. It reflects a lot what is happening today at Blenko. “
The Mountain series is made up of three glass shapes in two different shades of color: from turquoise to cobalt and from olive to cobalt.
“From the highest green peaks to the rivers of the valley below, the Fade Mountain Series embodies our region and its extraordinary beauty,” said a Facebook post from the company. Cutler said the slope from Olive to Coblat reminds him of the rolling green hills and valley rivers of West Virginia.
Cutler said the collection originally came from the shortest of pieces; he wanted to create a piece of glass that served as a centerpiece but was also small enough to fit on a standard bookcase. Production constraints caused the idea to be suspended for nearly a year. The idea resurfaced during discussions on the new 2022 collection.
The bowl and other pieces have undergone several rounds of revision which Cutler says inspired a changing theme within the pieces. “The more I played with the idea and drew revisions, the more I saw the opportunity for a whole host of elements that embodied change and, in particular, change over time. The Appalachian Mountains have changed over time. West Virginia has changed over time. Blenko has changed over time “.
In addition to the Mountain Series, Blenko’s 2022 collection also features the Bridge Series, which is inspired by the New River Gorge Bridge and carries a similar theme of West Virginia culture and development.
“You will actually see it as a theme in many of the pieces that come out this year. Both the Mountain Series and the Bridge Series already focus on West Virginia’s locality and culture. “
This handcrafted representation of the architectural marvel stands 19 inches tall and produced in three different colors. You can see the photos here.
If you wish to purchase the Mountain Series from Bleenko Glass, the entire series, in either color, will cost you $ 640. The Large Mountain Vase can be purchased on its own for $ 264; the Small Mountain vase costs $ 219; and the Mountain Bowl can be purchased for $ 189. Click here to view on the Bleenko Glass Company website.
The Blenko Glass Company also offers tours of the glass factory. For more information click here.