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!

 

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:

Raise Them Up

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”

The occurrences cited in the bible which happened in ancient times during the Advent and Easter Season are hard for adults to grasp, never mind trying to explain the mysterious to little children. So sometimes we must think outside the box to bring stories alive to children through different mediums.

Every so often I work with youth in our church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, to do art projects which reflect the season.  I enjoy kids and seeing their creativity put to good use. But I also offer my experience because art can be a very useful tool in augmenting a Christian curriculum.

Today I have hunted down a few projects with stained glass effects which kindergarten children can do with adult supervision. The basics of the project can be found on this website.

Come on back next week! As with most artists even as an adult, my art education continues. Next week I’ll let you in on an April workshop I am attending which will focus on creating with slightly different form of glass. I’ve been planning on this workshop for quite sometime and it is drawing closer. Looking forward to being with you next time.

 

Spark Creativity

Looking for ways to spark creativity in your kids? Not all art projects like stained glass are meant for kids because many of the tools and implements used to make stained glass are sharp,hot and unsuitable for little fingers and hands.

However, we came across this “faux stained glass project” which most kids can handle if they are beyond the early elementary school years. Many of the materials are probably already in your house which keeps the crafting costs low and it also teaches kids about re-purposing objects. A jar of Mod Podge may be the only thing you will have to purchase, and that’s easy to come by in a store such as Jo-Ann’s or Michael’s Craft Stores.

Here are the instructions for this art project! Happy Crafting in the New Year with your family!

P.S. Snowy days off from school and winter break holidays are a time to do some at-home art projects with kids. Even if you aren’t artistically inclined, you might surprise yourself. Planning ahead of time by gathering instructions and all the tools and materials helps make the art day project successful.

Decadence in Stained Glass

Let’s end the year with some stained glass decadence from another era in time, shall we?

Imagine waiting out the rain in Spain in this beautiful foyer of Art Nouveau stained glass (circa 1880). The drizzle and downpours would look rather pretty looking through these windows, wouldn’t it?

It’s going to be a New Year and a new decade! Not sure where our hunt for stained glass windows will take us in our travels in 2020, but we might have to put this vestibule on our bucket list if we swing by Barcelona for the weekend or something. Are you there Santa? Have you put this place of interest on my wish list?

Merry Christmas from MZ Glassworks! We appreciate your patronage. And to all the other creatives in the world working to make the world a more beautiful place, “May Thou Art Be Blessed in the New Year!”

 

Halloween Treats from MZ Glassworks

“I was working in the lab late one night

When my eyes beheld an eerie sight…”

~ Bobby “Boris” Pickett

Above: Margy’s Haunted Village. Which building do you imagine houses her studio?

Today we are going to throw open the doors and give you a rare peak inside MZ Glassworks. The studio has been busy making, to prepare for several holidays coming up.

What are your favorite occasions to haul out the decorations? Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years?

How could a Scorpio, like Margy Ziegler, not love Halloween? Celebrating All Saints Day may just surpass her love for Christmas. Ever since she was a young child, decorating for Halloween was taken very seriously. She and her Mom really went at it.

As an adult, not much has changed. She still enjoys treating her family and any one else who enters her home to her vast display of Halloween decorations. She’s been known to throw parties just so she can treat others to seeing her place bedecked, bedazzled and bewitched with ghosts, goblins, spiders, witches and other haunting appearances on All Hallows Eve!

You can be sure MZ Glassworks loves creating seasonal stained glass designs for her favorite day, Halloween and for Margy Ziegler they double as birthday decorations too!

From today’s peak you can see there’s a wide range of Halloween themed glass works from MZ! Have a Happy Halloween, Everyone!

This blog was created to give our buyers a closer glimpse into the artist behind the art of MZ Glassworks.