Blenko Glass Company
Join the thousands who visit the Blenko Glass Company and its Visitor Center every year. In a most interesting manner you will gain a general understanding of the making of hand blown glassware. You will be entranced with the first floor's factory outlet area and its many examples of the craftsman's art. On the second floor you will see the Designer's corner, where nine leading American stained glass studios have each contributed for display, a beautiful exhibit of their artistry as practiced today.
Also, a museum containing a Country Music Award trophy, Presidential Gifts, U.S. Capitol lighting globes, and original WilliamsburgŪ stemware. From a special observation deck you can look into a large area inside the plant and watch molten glass take its final form.
From a special observation deck, visitors can observe the various steps in handcrafting glass; the furnace where silica sand, combined with other materials, is fused under intense heat; the gatherer who takes from this mass a small amount or "gob" of glass which he delivers to a blower, who blows the gob into a form, or shape, using tools similar to those of centuries ago. When the blower has re-heated the piece he has shaped, it is passed on to a finisher who does whatever is necessary for completion - adding handles, rings, etc.
Next, each piece is placed into an annealing lehr or oven, wherein, over a period of many hours gradual cooling to room temperature takes place. The skill of Blenko's expert craftsman is acquired only after many years of experience. As a result of excellence Blenko ware has been shown in museums and cultural exhibitions throughout the world, and has received numerous awards. Leading gift shops and department stores in America, as well as abroad, have sold Blenko for many years. It is in demand everywhere.
Pictures and information were provided by Blenko Glass Company
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