Toledo Museum of Art Collect Blenko Glass

Works by the Blenko Glass Company from the mid-20th century are receiving increased attention as knowledge of its integral role in the history of American Glass expands. Now, with the acquisition of 16 modern Blenko vessels, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) has become the first museum to own a large group of Blenko’s Architectural Series in recognition of their historical importance.

Wayne Husted (American, born 1927), Joe Philip Myers (American, born 1934) for the Blenko Glass Company, Architectural Series. Mold-blown, applied, cut and polished glass, 1955-65. Toledo Museum of Art. Purchased with funds from Helen Brooks in memory of Mayme and Rudolph Luedtke, 2013.3-6

Wayne Husted (American, born 1927), Joe Philip Myers (American, born 1934) for the Blenko Glass Company, Architectural Series. Mold-blown, applied, cut and polished glass, 1955-65. Toledo Museum of Art. Purchased with funds from Helen Brooks in memory of Mayme and Rudolph Luedtke, 2013.3-6


The Blenko Glass Company holds an important position in innovative American glass design between the time of Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Studio Glass Movement, according to experts in the field. As understanding of the company’s early role continues to evolve, museums are considering the purchase of mid-20th century Blenko vessels for their collections.

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