Blenko Art Glass has a long history of making glass. William J. Blenko worked in a glass Factory in England before immigrating to the United States in 1893. He tried a few other glass endeavors before he opened a sheet glass company in Milton, West Virginia in 1921. His sheet glass was made for stain glass windows, including the stain glass windows of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. He also started making tableware for high-end department stores; even the White House has a collection of Blenko tableware that is used periodically. With the help of a full-time designer, the company in the 1950s produced cutting edge designs and studio work that improved the company's importance and reputation.