Designer Name: Blenko
Born-Died: 1853 – 1933
Style: A mix of elegant and colorful glassware to suit any taste.
Materials Used: Glass
Specialized In: Glassware and Lighting.
History of designer: The founder of Blenko glass was a Londoner called William J. Blenko who emigrated to Indiana in 1893. He opened a factory specializing in sheet glass for stained glass windows. However, he was unfortunately a victim of a financial downturn and returned to England after closing the factory in 1903. This did not stop him, and he opened and closed a further two factories after once again returning to America. In 1921, the Eureka Glass Company was born, which he later renamed Blenko Glass. The Great Depression once again put a great strain on his business, but it continued to limp on as he turned his attention to glass tableware. The White House has Blenko tableware which is still used today.
Fortunes changed in 1947 after his death. His son linked up with Winslow Anderson, design director, and this was the start of recognition for the company. In 2000, the Blenko Museum was opened, which furthered the Blenko name. However, between 2011 and 2013, the company applied for bankruptcy twice, but managed to rebound and continues to produce important pieces today, such as the Blenko Decanter.
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