William J. Blenko’s glass businesses had failed three times in as many states before 1921, when the immigrant glassmaker finally settled in Marion, West Virginia. There at last good fortune would find him founding Blenko Glass Company (originally Eureka), whose art glass would go on to grace the dinner table of the White House, the windows of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the collections of the Museum of Modern Art. The factory produces decorative and architectural glass to this day.
Blenko is best known for pieces produced under three consecutive (and au courant) design directors: Winslow Anderson, Wayne Husted, and John Nickerson. Our clear-eyed owls hatched sometime in this 'historic period' of 1946-1974, neatly bookending the storied Mid-Century you've heard tell about.