Carrollton, TX, October 30, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Serenity ‘Glass with Class’ 1013 S. Broadway Carrollton TX will be featuring Blenko Glass at the November 2nd and 3 rd Gallery Hop. The current president, Richard Deakin Blenko, fourth generation of the Blenko family, will be present at the store to sign and appraise Blenko Glass from 12 PM to 4 PM.
Blenko Glass has been collected since the 1920’s when William J. Blenko started the company in Milton, West Virginia. In 1976, Richard D. Blenko, son of William Blenko, Jr., joined the Blenko family business. In 1989, he published the book Blenko Glass 1930-1953 and founded the Blenko Glass Museum in Milton, WV. He has carried the Blenko handcraft name to PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) in numerous fund raisers for them and has become the newest and most visible face for the Blenko Glass Company. He has appeared on CNN, Fox Television, and has been the topic of many national print articles. Today, when people think of Blenko handcraft, they usually think of Richard Blenko.
Serenity ‘Glass with Class’ the Crown Jewel of Historic Downtown Carrollton
And home to “Wags von Floppy Puppy”
Larry Bartholf didn’t grow up aspiring to be dealer in American elegant handmade glassware – things just sort of worked out that way.
“We were sorting through some things left behind by my mother-in-law after she passed away, and found some antiques, including glassware.” Said Bartholf. “She had a wonderful collection that we decided we would try to grow.”
Unfortunately some of the Bartholf’s own early experiences were not favorable, as he and wife Carol encountered some less-than-scrupulous dealers who preyed on their lack of knowledge about glassware.
“We didn’t know what we were doing,” admits Larry. “But we kept going and eventually grew from a few pieces in a shared storefront to now having many thousands of dollars in glass inventory spanning more than one hundred years of production, by many different companies, several no longer in business.
Serenity ‘Glass with Class’ carries several exclusive brands including Blenko Art Glass, Fenton Art Glass, Franz Collection fine Porcelain at their location at 1013 S. Broadway in Historic Downtown Carrollton TX.
Serenity ‘Glass with Class’ also has a wide array of vintage Handcrafted American glassware by Fostoria, Tiffin, Cambridge, and other historic American glass companies.
“We’ve established relationships with some of the best Glass artists and dealers from around the country,” said Larry. “As a result we have a wide variety of merchandise from crystal nail files to fine porcelain tea sets from studio art glass pieces to dramatic accent pieces for the most formal table settings. All of this along side elegant handmade glassware from the 1880’s to present. Much of this inventory is handcrafted in America, with many items coming from companies that no longer exist.
“That’s because glass making is a dying art.” Said Larry. “For numerous reasons- one is its very labor intensive. It is hot, dirty, hard labor. Your working in front of a furnace that’s got two thousand + degree molten glass in it which you are moving from place to place with metal pipes.” “Couple this with the rising cost of natural gas and raw materials makes for a very costly operation.”
“The finished product can be exquisite, however, and all the more valuable for those who appreciate quality workmanship.” “It’s art.” Very much so, in the sense that when you look at the glassware that’s available today on the open market, from China or Europe, it is probably a product that ‘s never been touched by human from the time the raw materials are received at the factory until the final inspection.”
Work done exclusively by machines takes away from the products crafted feel, and Larry says there is no comparison in the overall quality.
Prices range from less than $5 for “Faith Stones” to upwards of $500 for some of the stores more dramatic collectible handcrafted vases. Larry invites everyone to stop by, pet “Wags”, learn about American handcrafted glassware, and enjoy the vibrant colors and exquisite art forms during normal business hours or to call 214-724-5081. They will research and identify your vintage American handcrafted glassware free of charge, just bring in a piece and they will do the rest.
If you own and Blenko glass or know anyone who does, send them to Serenity ‘Glass with Class’ on November 17th from 12 PM to 4 PM to meet Richard and have their glass appraised and signed or come by and start your collection with a piece signed by Richard.
Larry Bartholf, owner