Light the Way

Check out our What’s Hot Now Portfolio! Everyone is getting ready for the summer season. Scrubbing down the picnic table and the cooler, getting the lawn furniture out and if you’ve got a swimming pool, guaranteed you are gearing up to put it to good use in the coming months.

Our stained glass lanterns are in demand. They are most attractive and functional for any outdoor space whether you have a terrace, a screened-in porch or a deck or want to use it to light the way to the garden. There is something calming about lighting a lantern up at night and sitting beside it in the dark. This year you’ll be hearing the cicadas sing!

It is also baseball season! Here are some gift items to take to the host of cook-out parties as a thank you.

All Marylanders love crabs and Natty Boh too!

CHECK OUT OUR ALL THINGS MARYLAND PORTFOLIO FOR MORE GIFT ITEMS THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE LAND OF PLEASANT LIVING WILL LIKE!

Steeplechase Season in Maryland

Yep! It’s Steeplechase Season in Maryland. That means the fox and hounds will be on the run across the beautiful rolling hills of Maryland. Coming up are the events in the northern counties such as in My Lady’s Manor in Monkton, Hunt Valley, the Maryland Hunt Cup, Howard County Cup Races, Potomac Hunt Races, and the Grand National in Butler, Maryland.

We at MZ Glassworks have an assortment of stained glass light catchers which would be great little tokens of remembrance for hosts of the parties that are usually given in association with these events. Or perhaps you’d enjoy giving a decorative fused glass pineapple to thank someone for their hospitality. Show your appreciation for inviting you to these fun and traditional events that the “horse set” in Maryland look forward to each year.

Head on over to our Whats Hot Now Portfolio or our Horses and Hounds Portfolio where you will find these seasonally appropriate gift items.

Happy Hunting!!

Keeping the Kids Busy

Hang in there! The longest part of the winter is behind us. Have you noticed the days are getting longer?

You know what that means don’t you? More hours of the day to have the light coming in the windows showing off stained glass art.

 

If you are wits end trying to occupy the little ones, we’ve dug up more faux stained glass projects for kiddos. Here is a link to 16 time occupiers which will introduce your child to stained glass crafting on their level of ability.

 

Stained Glass News

Lately opportunity to gather in person with people has been limited. For artists that means we can’t get together with our “tribe” who speak the same language. Workshops to help us perfect our craft have been limited for the most part to virtual learning.

Stained Glass News is a circular which can help stained glass enthusiasts stay in tune with the industry. New products for crafting stained glass, valuable resources for artists in the industry and interesting feature articles for enthusiasts are in this publication.

Build community with other artists interested in the craft of stained glass- making by subscribing. Here is some information.

It will be a happy day when artists everywhere can come out of their studios and more freely attend workshops and sell their wares at farmers markets and crafts fairs. We like the personal interaction with our customers. It gives us an opportunity for feedback on what we create for you!

Finding the Bright Spot

Happy New Year!  We at MZ Glassworks are thrilled to usher in a New Year. Although last year was tough, the take-away is we all became more resilient and flexible and perhaps many of us learned what’s really important.

If you can say “Yes!” to any of those statements, congratulations! You are one step closer to becoming a wise old owl. For this reason, today our featured products are our stained glass and fused glass owls.

These owls are a good gift to anyone who came through 2020  no worse for the wear.

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Creative Involvement

There’s something really special about receiving a handcrafted gift from a child. Many a “hope chest” gets stuffed with drawings and other elementary school art projects.

Since most kids are spending more time at home, it’s a perfect time to involve your kids with simple art projects during the Advent season. Here are a few examples and instructions for a multitude of arts and crafts projects are easily accessible on the internet. Get the whole family iinvolved.


Growing Collections

Isn’t it fun to pull out your Christmas decorations every year? In our family as we unpack the boxes we like remembering who and where the tree ornament and other Christmas decorations came from. We can often associate a specific ornament with a year or event.

Our suncatchers are great gifts for office parties and a small way to say to your friends “I REMEMBERED YOUR KINDNESS TO ME. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!”

MZ Glassworks Collection of Christmas stained glass products is growing every year! We invite you to grow your collection of holiday ornaments and decorations along with us! No fear of running out of new stained glass to buy to hang on your tree or decorate your home. In fact, we have so many Christmas/winter themed products, we just set up a NEW CHRISTMAS PORTFOLIO on this website. So leap on over to the Christmas portfolio and check it out.

Don’t have any of our Christmas ornaments? This is the perfect year to begin collecting! Cheers!!

“The traditions of Christmas are lasting because they are made of love!”

 

Holiday Preparedness

Be a little naughty. Save Santa a trip.”

 

On-line buying means you can order at any time of day or night through a website!  You don’t have to wait for Santa to bring it. MZ Glassworks would be happy to fill your Christmas orders for beautifully handcrafted stained glass items from our inventory. Head on over to our portfolios of products posted on this website. At the end of this post, we’ve added our contact form for your convenience, so feel free to get in touch.

Prefer seeing products in person? We will be at the  Carroll County Agricultural Center in Westminster, Maryland on December 19 from 8am to 2 pm. We will be pulling out all the stops with a huge varied of stained glass products –  sun catchers, windchimes, lanterns, panels and more!

Look forward to getting out of the studio. See you then!

Return next week, and we will have posted some photos of special seasonal offerings for Christmas.

 

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Halloween in the Air

Yep, the season has begun. Halloween costumes and candy are in the stores. This year, trick-or-treat may feel a little different since many parents are understandably hesitant about where they take their children in this virus season.

We are thankful at MZ Glassworks there are no restrictions on Halloween decorating! One of our newer products, our lanterns, may be the perfect addition to your cache of seasonal decorating because as it’s been said “Give light and people will find the way.” 

So, our advice to you is Be wise, be prepared! Have wrapped candy on hand just incase someone swings by. You don’t want any little ones being turned away empty handed and crying their eyes out saying “Boo-Hoo.”