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!!

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!

On the Sidelines: Tiffany

This is the final of three posts about Louis Comfort Tiffany and the exhibit I am so happy I was able to see recently in Chicago.

What many people don’t realize about  Mr. Tiffany was most of the workers behind the scenes at the Tiffany Studios were women. Which was unusual given the time in history. When Tiffany set up a studio to meet the high demands of his buyers, few women worked outside  the home. Clara Driscoll, Supervisor of the glass cutting department had as many as 50 women working under her. Many of the designs she was never given due credit for.

Although we typically associated the name Tiffany with stained glass windows, their studios also made favrile glass decorative items for homes such as vases and candlesticks. They also manufactured stained glass lampshades. What distinguished favrile glass was the metallic components that gave a unique appearance. Here are is a picture of a display at the Driehaus Museum exhibit.

The trip was from Baltimore to Chicago was truly worth the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn so much about the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and the medium of art, stained glass, that I so enjoy working with.

If you missed my previous two posts about “The Ecclesiastical Stained Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany” check them out. It’s a good time to do it!

Have a Happy Palm Sunday! Celebrate all the beauty of springtime.

Surfin’ Stained Glass

The Internet is the stained glass picture of the 21st century. ~ Diana Butler Bass

One never knows where surfin’ the internet can take us! We find out all kinds of things we never knew previously. Take for instance, the other day I was surfin’ the term “Stained Glass” and what should appear was interesting.

But first, a disclaimer.  I have never been in the doors of the two places I am going to mention. I have not tasted their food or drink so it will be up to our readers to form their own first hand opinions! I am not pushing the place, just being a conduit of information.

Did you know there are two restaurants in Elkton, MD and Glenmont (near Silver Spring), Maryland called The Stained Glass Pub? Indeed there are. I’d love to hear from you if you have visited. But, please be mindful. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. We only pass along good reviews because we don’t want to be responsible for shattering anyone’s livelihood. Now that the information is on our radar, if we get good reports about the establishments, one of the hot spots may become part of my travels. From the picture it looks right nice!

Book mark our website @MZGlassworks and do come back!

 

Increased Visibility

Just some fun holiday facts today on MZ Glassworks creative blog space…

Did you know more than half of the population goes to church over the holidays? “Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year with many churches having extra Christmas Eve services and special programs,” Scott McConnell, Executive Director of Lifeway Research says.

Guess who takes the lead in the number of churches having both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services? The Lutherans, according to this article.

So, given the facts, it stands to reason all the stained glass windows get more visibility during the Christmas/New Years holidays than any other time of year!

If you enter through the church doors during the holidays, take special notice of the stained glass windows. All the artists who created them will appreciate your attention to their fine art craft!

And if you hear the famous Christmas Carol, “Angels We Have Heard on High” think of my Christmas angel light catchers. After all stained glass creations run from simple to complex!

Just saying….. Let us shepard you into the Christmas season with some of our holy seasonal designs!

Interested in ordering? Click on this link for information!

Enjoy this time of waiting and anticipating through the Advent Season!

Earthy Colors

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” ~ Unknown

Summer is drifting further away and soon, autumn winds will be whipping up scattering leaves everywhere and people will be getting their rakes out!  On September 23rd fall will officially make its appearance on the yearly calendar.

With the change of seasons we human beings often transition into different clothing color choices. It’s likely the color palette in the studio of MZ Glassworks will change too. Glass of merry magenta, brilliant blues, sunny yellows, pert pinks and emerald green will be swapped out for colors such as maroon, mustard, burgundy, ember, rusts, pumpkin and browns. We will ramp up our production of autumn-themed sun catchers and wind chimes.

All things fall foliage are happening in the studio right now!

 Here are a few examples:

Above: Sun catcher from MZ Glassworks

 Above: Autumn Breeze Windchimes from MZ Glassworks

Foundation Helping Young Artists

“It is my dearest wish to help young artists of our country…and assist by helping them establish themselves in the art world.”  ~ Louis Comfort Tiffany (pictured below)

Much before his death in 1933, Louis Comfort Tiffany began planning for his legacy. In 1918 he established a foundation and a plan to use his home, Laurelton Hall (pictured below) as a retreat for young artists. Although the real estate property on Long Island was sold, his foundation still exists and it’s focus has changed.

Grants to young artists are now awarded.However, an artist can not apply for a grant, they must be nominated by a person of prominence in the art world as an up and coming artist of promise and talent.

It is interesting to read about previous and recent grant award-winners on the website for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. 

What an honor it must be for young artists to be recognized as someone who is worthy of following in the footsteps of this highly esteemed glass artist. Makes me wish I’d found my passion working in this wonderful medium years sooner but doing “Art for Art’s Sake” is reason enough and for that reason I find fulfillment in it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favrile Favorite

“Art history is littered with work that involves light.” ~ James Turrell

Step inside this historic building and you will see a wonderful example of a favrile glass mural.

So what makes favrile glass different than other glass? It’s iridescent qualities is ingrained in the glass itself not just from the refraction of light. Favrile was developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The term favrile glass may be less known unless you are antiques dealer or appraiser or a stained glass enthusiast. 

One of the most beautiful examples of favrile glass is a 1916 installation of a glass-mosaic mural by Maxfield Parrish and Louis Comfort Tiffany called ‘”Dream Garden.” Cyrus Curtis of Curtis Publishing hired Mr. Parrish, a prominent magazine illustrator of the era and Louis Comfort Tiffany to design and make the mural which is 16 ft high and 50 feet wide. It has an astonishing number of hues – 260 to be exact which makes the scene “breathtaking.” It is the only known collaboration between Tiffany and Parrish.

In the year 2001, the mural was at risk for being removed from the lobby of the Curtis Publishing Company. To make a long story short, Pew Charitable Trust stepped in and the art will remain because of it’s historical importance to the building. Want to know more about the controversial reasons for why it was almost removed? Here is a good article from the Association of Public Art.

Looking for an art journey? Head to Philadelphia! The mural is in the Curtis Building at 6th and Walnut Streets and can be viewed by the public. A photograph certainly can’t do glass work justice in fully capturing it’s reflective qualities. It would be worth seeing up up close.