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Blenko Glass Company visits SCETV for Special Program on History and Production of Handmade Glass

For Immediate Release
November 20, 2012

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The Blenko Glass Company was first established in 1893 and has since become a time-honored craft of hand-blown glass.  On December 1 at 7:30 p.m., Andy Blenko, Company VP, and Katie Trippe, Company VP and Factory Director, will visit the SCETV studios for the broadcast of Blenko: Behind the Scenes.

Blenko: Behind the Scenes travels to Milton, West Virginia, for a detailed look at how this handmade glass is produced.  Each Blenko piece is the result of six people working together at six different stations, ranging from the person who measure and mixes the materials to the person who blows the glass to the finisher, who, just like it sounds, puts on the finishing touches.   

Because each piece is made by hand, each piece is slightly different.  Molds made from wild cherry provide a basic form for many of the pieces, as well as a shiny texture that only wood polishing can produce. Even with the molds and measured ingredients, the process still changes ever so slightly from person to person, making each piece individualistic and distinct.

There will be live membership campaign breaks throughout Blenko: Behind the Scenes, informing viewers on how to make a pledge of support to the SCETV Endowment and receive as a thank you gift, one or more of the Blenko glass pieces, including a kiwi bowl, turquoise optic pitcher, tangerine crackle vase, yellow and blue ruffle bowl, and cobalt blue water bottle with the South Carolina flag crescent and palmetto tree in white. All pledges made to the SCETV Endowment during this membership campaign will go towards purchasing and producing programs on SCETV.

South Carolina ETV is the state's public educational broadcasting network with 11 television and eight radio transmitters, and a multi-media educational system in more than 2,500 schools, colleges, businesses and government agencies. Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.

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Blenko Glass Company visits SCETV for Special Program on History and Production of Handmade Glass
Blenko South Carolina Palmetto Water Bottle
Blenko Glass Company visits SCETV for Special Program on History and Production of Handmade Glass
Blenko Kiwi Bowl

Blenko Glass Company visits SCETV for Special Program on History and Production of Handmade Glass
Blenko Yellow Ruffle Bowl
Blenko Glass Company visits SCETV for Special Program on History and Production of Handmade Glass
Blenko Turquoise Pitcher


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