"Already working with the three main stained glass studios in America (all based in Statesville, N.C.),"
Anybody mind filling me in on who these studios might be, evidently I am living under a rock and hadn't been aware of this information, and yes, I will google and find out what I can personally, but was curious if you all knew something about this?
I was not being sarcastic, just was unware who the reference was to, have done some "homework" and now I know. didn't want to just leave a blank box.
Last edited on Sat Mar 29th, 2008 07:46 pm by Steve
Well, this is probably like the many churches that say they have Tiffany windows.....an error and a sligt/big exageration. Also, it is quite possible the reporter misintrepreted something the Blenko people said. It might have been more correct to say there are 3 large NC stained glass firms....and they probably purchase quite a bit Blenko glass. But I am quite sure there are some non-NC firms that would dispute the statement...and there are a few more than 3 studios in NC also.
There are actually at least 4 large SG mass production studios operating out of Iredell County, NC. [Statesville]
Foothills Sand to Glass
Not in NC, but close,Lynchburg SG in VA
In terms of volume, these 5 studios probably account for a large portion of Blenko's production.
Also Wissmach's and Kokomo's
Add to that Salem Stained Glass, just north of Winston-Salem, about an hour northeast of Statesville. I was production manager there from 2002-2004 and at the time we were employing 20 people on dozens of projects at one time, with about 90% of it being new work.
They don't call it the Bible Belt for nothing.
At the time I was at Salem SG, we only used Blenko for Dalle de Verre jobs, but at that time the buzz was that Blenko had all but given up on the manufacture of sheet glass. If that's changed, I'm glad to hear it.
On Monday, June 2nd at 7pm, Richard Blenko will be in the HoustonPBS/Channel 8 studio as they air, Blenko: The Spirit of American Glass.
Mouth-blown medieval glass was brought to America for the first time by the Blenko family in 1893. In 1976, Richard Deakin Blenko joined the Blenko family business. With Richard, the fourth generation of Blenko glass making began. In 1989, he published the book 'Blenko Glass 1930-1953', and founded the Blenko Glass Museum. He has carried the Blenko Handcraft name to PBS and has become the newest and most visible face for the Blenko Handcraft Company. He has appeared on CNN, Fox Television and has been the topic of many national print articles.
This 90-minute program showcases the ongoing influence of the Blenko family's glassworks on stained glass production in America.
The show airs on HoustonPBS/Channel 8 at 7pm and then again at 8:30pm. For more information on HoustonPBS programming visit:http://www.houstonpbs.org