Blenko Glass Unveils W.Va. 150th Birthday Pieces

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ/AP) -- Blenko Glass is producing limited-edition vases to commemorate West Virginia's 150th birthday.

Blenko will make 150 of the 11-inch vases. They'll be available for $160 and go on sale June 22.

This year's theme is "Hearts for WV."

The vases are made of turquoise and crystal glass, to represent a mountaineer’s freedom. The 11-inch tall, ballooning vase expands with billowing hearts from a narrow base to broad rounded shoulders, and a generous flared rim, according to a news release.

"We wanted this piece to be extra special. As I thought about a theme for this important Blenko Birthday piece, my mind kept returning to how West Virginians hold each other in their hearts; to their generosity, hard work and love. The priceless skills of our mold-makers and blowers have led to a remarkable commemorative piece that not only celebrates love, but is made with love too," said designer Arlon Bayliss.

This year, Blenko also made two other special pieces to compliment the 2013 W.Va. Birthday Vase. Those vases will be sold during a special after hours sale on Friday, June 21.

Blenko has been making hand-blown products since 1893.

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