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'Blenko Glass: Behind the Scenes' to air on AETN March 9

Posted 25 Feb 2015

'Blenko Glass: Behind the Scenes' will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m. Andy Blenko will be a special in-studio guest during the broadcast, and a new set of glass with an exclusive AETN piece will be available.

This special takes viewers to the hills of Milton, West Virginia, into the heart of Blenko Glassworks to see firsthand how Blenko handmade glass is created, from start to finish. Each step in the Blenko glass-making process is accomplished by human hand, eyes and hearts, not by machines.

Blenko has produced hand-blown glass for more than 100 years. The company was founded in 1893 by William J. Blenko in Kokomo, Indiana. William worked in London glasshouses from the age of 13 and moved to America with the intention of starting the first glasshouse outside of Europe that could supply mouth blown sheet glass for stained glass windows. In 1921, he settled in Milton, West Virginia, where the company is located today. Blenko remains the only American antique glass producer.

'Blenko Glass: Behind the Scenes' will repeat Saturday, March 14, at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 15, at 1 p.m.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).