It shines and sparkles. A perfect vessel for a tall, cold sweet tea in the summer. Sometimes you fill it with wine or bouquets of flowers. Glass and pottery – they hold a special place in my heart. I don’t know about you, but I love glass and pottery. I’m not sure where, how, or why I developed this fascination, but I can tell you that I can’t get enough, much to the dismay of my kitchen cabinets.
A little while ago Garden and Gun magazine featured a beautiful, hand blown Blenko glass pitcher. (Don’t let the name Garden and Gun throw you off (which, admittedly, I did at first) – this magazine is wonderful!!! It is chock full of “Southern soul” – food, arts & culture, music, sporting life, home & garden, and travel. But more about that later!)
The featured glass pitcher was hand-blown <squeal!> and begging for some sweet tea! But life sometimes gets away from me in the mundane or sometimes hectic existence on the work/laundry/cleaning/cooking existence hamster wheel, so I forgot about it. Until, that is, I was given the pitcher as a gift! And there started my love affair with Blenko Glass in earnest.
I am now the proud owner of several beautiful pieces of Blenko Glass-two pitchers, one vase, three pumpkins, one ornament, and three snowman. Each one was received as a gift and each one is more beautiful than the last. Mindy is my name and snowmen are my game: I can’t get enough! What marries my assemblage of snowmen with my love of blown glass better than a Blenko blown glass snowman?! In fact, although Christmas and winter are long gone, my snowman stay situated on the buffet in my dining room well into early Spring.
Y’all, I’m here to tell ya’ that I must have been a Southerner in my last life because I can’t get enough sweet tea. Tea poured from my Blenko glass pitcher tastes so much sweeter. And darned if the Bermuda Blue pitcher on display in my kitchen doesn’t look sweet all by itself. Clearly, a girl can’t have enough artisan glass. Is there such a thing as too much? I think not. I love my limited edition, clear ruffled vase with pink, green, and white swirled throughout. Mother’s Day takes on special meaning since receiving this gift and what girl doesn’t love flowers every now and then?
While I was channel flicking one night the fund drive on the UNC-TV caught my eye. Why? In between their fundraising spiel I watched a short program on the artisans making the glass and a behind-the-scenes view of the warehouse and operations, This family owned company in Milton, West Virginia, Blenko employs gifted glass craftsmen.
The glass is handcrafted by skilled artisans and made right here in the USA! That, my friends, is a difficult thing to come by in the grab-and-go made-in-China society we live in today. So refreshing. Who doesn’t love supporting a family owned, made in the USA company?!? Isn’t that what we’re all wanting to support! Looking for a unique gift for a wedding, birthday, or holiday? Check out the beauties at Blenko Glass Company here. Once you feast your eyes on their glass, you’ll be hooked. Enjoy!