O’s Adoration

We’ve been hearing a lot of loyal O’s fans lamenting about missing watching baseball games. You know how Baltimoreans love their Orioles.

Perhaps a new movement should be started in honor of the O’s. Hang a Oriole suncatcher in the window of your home in positive support of the hometown team to spread positive energy that next summer will be different. The Orioles will be on the field and the stadium will be filled with O’s fans! Contact MZ Glassworks through our email address if you wish to be part of the movement to support the birds by ordering a suncatcher!!

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Gratefully Speaking

Today, I’d like to simply say thank you for those who came out to the Carroll County Ag Center last Saturday and stopped by to say Hi and buy! Even if you did not make a purchase, we appreciated your interest in what we produce at MZ Glassworks. It was good to get out of the studio and chat with old and new customers and see other vendors who also work hard at what they sell.

It’s more important now than ever to buy local and from small businesses and as it’s been said, “when you support small business you are supporting a dream.”  Thank you from MZ Glassworks!

Featuring a New Design

“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.” – Milton Glaser

For quite sometime I’ve had it in my mind that I wanted to design a triptych. It’s taken awhile to take my vision and turn it into three panels which are as nice hanging individually as they are all three together. Well, here it is!

I’m pleased with the result and look forward to featuring it in my collection of stained glass light catchers, panels, transoms, wind chimes, lanterns and lampshades which I will have with me this Saturday at the Carroll County Ag Center in Westminster, Maryland. The venue is partially open air and all attending must abide by state regulations regarding social distancing.

Stop by and say hello.  We have quite a few new products and designs since last year!! And if the market is like anything in previous summers, there are wonderful wares – produce right from the farm, baked goods and many craft vendors. Hop in the car and come on out!

 

Seizing Opportunity for Learning

Photo Above: Bonnie Fitzgerald – Mosaic artist/teacher/author

There’s been a surge of on-line learning for all kinds of art. The power of video brings opportunity for curious people to experiment with different mediums of art. That’s a really good thing especially for learning some basics! Having a hobby that involves creativity contributes greatly to a fulfilling life.But, when it comes to beyond the basics you can’t beat studying in person with a master at a craft.

Back in March I signed up for an class called Louis J Tiffany Inspired Mosaics with Bonnie Fitzgerald. We don’t often associate mosaic work with Tiffany but in 1870 his studio began making mosaic pieces. This class with Bonnie Fitzgerald is a high in demand class because she is so accomplished and the author of several books. I was so thrilled when I had secured my place. However with recent restrictions, it has been postponed from March to April from April to May….well, you get the picture! Finally in August, it looks like it will happen.I am so excited to be going to Anything in Stained Glass in Frederick, Maryland – the source of much of my glass supplies.

Between now and then I need to hunt down a favorite a Tiffany design to use in my own contemporary reproduction of a mosaic creation. That in itself could prove to be difficult! There are so many outstanding choices.

Photo: Maverick Mosaics/Bonnie Fitzgerald – glass artist

Stained Glass Vacation

I don’t know about you but I’ve been thinking about the options for summer vacation this year. Staying safe from viruses is priority for many families. Indeed a pandemic world has put a stain on the annual beach vacation.

According to the news there has been an increased planting of victory gardens. Perhaps a stay-cation to tend to your fruits and veggies is the best option since you went to all lengths to get the garden going. Sustain your investment!

This beach themed light catcher from MZ Glassworks will remind your disappointed family members there is always next year. Hang the decoration with the promise that next years beach vacation will be better than ever because the heart grows fonder when something is absent.

 

 

One Thing Leads to Another

Ok, so now you have our latest product for your garden – a beautifully handcrafted garden lantern with fused glass or stained glass windows. Your garden looks so pretty!

You like it! And now you are thinking you need something more to go with it. You know how that is – Often, we get a new piece of clothing and then suddenly we want something else to enhance or accessorize it.

Any of these hit your fancy? We love how these can be incorporated into a garden shed window or door.

Here’s a creative idea how our herb panels can be incorporated into a greenhouse. Your garden space would be the pride of the neighborhood with some stained glass embellishment!

Contact us if we can help!!

This Little Light of Mine

I don’t know about you but I am counting the days until it is warm enough in the evening to sit outside. We have been spending a massive about of time indoors between the pandemic orders and the cloudy, cool weather.

While in the studio I have been crafting unique fused glass and stained glass windows for lanterns designed for indoor or outdoor livin’. Put them on your patio, along your garden path, or anywhere your little heart desires!

Here are pictures of a few styles but more are on our product page. Contact us and we will be happy to light up your life by sending your preferred lantern for your deck or indoor table!

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, this little light of mine…I’m gonna let it shine!”

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Bloomin’ Brightly

When we look around and see all the beautiful blooming trees this time of year, it’s a reminder of what’s to come. In our region, they say it’s safe to plant flowers outdoors by Mothers Day.

At MZ Glassworks we’ve brought our pretty posies to the forefront. Today’s showcase is all about our floral designs. Our bright flowers are a welcomed sighting in the windows of homes. They will add cheer even on the darkest days.

Here are just a few:

Spring Beauty

This time last year I was in the Netherlands seeing the annual exhibition of blooming tulips. And what a show they put on.

I came home feeling inspired and of course that lead to these glass creations.

I am so grateful I took the opportunity to travel to Holland in 2019. This year things are different due to the worldwide virus outbreak.

There’s a lesson in that – if you feel inspired to do something in your life, seize the day and do it. Don’t wait. Things can change on the dime. It can happen any time!