Art glass maker visits South Dakota

Art glass maker visits South Dakota
SDPB fans will have a chance to meet Richard Blenko, president of one of America's best known glass makers: Blenko Glass Company.

Blenko will visit South Dakota on Sunday, June 4. He will join the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting in SDPB's Vermillion studio for a reception at 4:30 p.m. The event will include a chance to meet the fourth-generation glass maker and a display of art glass products that guests may take home that day as pledge thank-you gifts. Even better, Blenko will sign the items as guests select them.

Television viewers will have a chance to own Blenko glass as a donor thank-you gift, too. Blenko will join SDPB staff for the presentation of a new program, Blenko, The Spirit of American Stained Glass, at 6 p.m. CT/ 5 p.m. MT on Sunday, June 4. All donor thank you gifts ordered as a result of the program will be signed by Richard Blenko before shipping.


Blenko Glass Company was founded in the late 1800s. It has earned a reputation for beautiful and collectible handmade glass products, including stained-glass windows and decorative glassware.

Richard Blenko, the fourth generation of the family to operate the business in West Virginia, has worked to revive appreciation for quality glass products. He founded the Blenko Glass Museum and published the book Blenko Glass 1930-1953 in 1989.

For details about the reception, please call 800-456-0766.

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