Illuminosity Unique to Tiffany

Thanks for returning to part 2 of this blog series about the exhibit of Tiffany stained glass windows called Eternal Light. Here is more of what I learned as I listened to the audio guided tour through the Driehaus Museum:

As Artistic Director of his studio, Louis Comfort Tiffany oversaw the design process and nothing went to the final stage without his approval. What gave his windows special luminosity was he layered four pieces of cut glass. The glass itself was manufactured “in house.”

The tremendous windows which, at that time, were being installed in many, many churches and cathedrals were the mainstay of his business.

The following are images taken of the Ecclessiastical Windows which were part of the exhibit I was so delighted to see up close!

Do return next week and I’ll tell you about Tiffany’s “sideline” products which ended up in many homes.

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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.

 

Spring Inspiration

March can’t come soon enough! I am all excited about a stained glass exhibit in Chicago at the Driehaus Museum that I look forward to going to in a few weeks. Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany has had a good long run since September 19, 2019 at the Driehaus and I feel fortunate to be able to visit before it closes on March 22, 2020. I guess all good things do come to the favor of those who wait.

Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stained glass masterpieces are always exquisitely crafted and there are always stories told in each composition. His windows are part of the story of the history and evolution of religion in America as churches were designed and built. Chapels, churches and other sanctuaries became incubators in communities for people who gathered to worship.

Eleven religiously themed windows which Louis Comfort Tiffany studios crafted between the years of 1880 and 1925 are at the center of the exhibit. Of course as a person of faith and a designer and maker of stained glass, this opportunity feels heaven sent. It’s one thing to look at photos on the computer but quite another experience to be able to go to a magnificent museum to see the art first hand.

Another opportunity for spring inspiration is coming to me April. I will be attending a workshop which will increase my knowledge of the Tiffany style using a slightly different medium of glass. I’ll also have a chance to put my hands into creating. Do return soon, I’ll be posting more information for you about the workshop and about my visit to the Driehaus Museum in Chicago.

God has given us our talents, not to copy the talents of others, but rather to use our brains and imagination in order to obtain the revelation of true beauty. ~ Louis Comfort Tiffany

 

Valentines Tokens

“Art is beauty. Art is love. Art is life.” 

Where did January go? Hard to believe February is just around the corner. You know what means -the focus of the second month of the year will be on the heart’s delight.

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to tell your friends who have been by your side through good times and bad how much they are appreciated.

Today, were pleased to share a picture of one of MZ Glassworks’ stained glass hearts in a window. We received an email with it saying that it the light catcher was placed where it is for a very specific reason. “It’s among other things that are near and dear to my heart,” said the woman’s whose room it hangs in.

Need a little “heart centered” token of friendship to give to someone on February 14? It’s not to late! Contact us  margyziegler@comcast.net.

 

 

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!

 

Barn Installations

Trending upward is the repurposing of old barns for living quarters, restaurants and even art venues. Barns are becoming more visible thanks to the creative efforts of “quilt trail” enthusiasts. If you are not familiar with quilt trails, they are a growing phenomenon of tourism in may places .Here is how it works: People with barns on their properties are putting up painted quilt designs on their structures. People follow the “quilt trail,” learning more about the history of barns, how they are used agriculturally or otherwise, and they entice people to become more familiar with their rural surroundings. It’s all good as far as we are concerned!

Stained glass can be used to make a real statement in old barns that have been re-purposed. We can only imagine this sweet little barn with stained glass installation in the two rounded windows – it sure would kick it up a notch even further! Custom, hand forged craftsmanship always goes hand in hand with barns!

Here are a few more examples of barn stained glass installations.

Thinking of adding some custom designed glass to your barn? Contact us! If we can’t help we may be able to steer you in the right direction! We are always on the trail looking for creative ways art is used to enhance peoples lives!

Baltimore Blue Glass Museum

One of the largest collections of blue bottle glass is housed in the Emerson/Maryland Glass Museum (now known as the Bromo Seltzer Art Tower). It’s where Bromo Seltzer was invented in 1888. The medicinal compound was one of the earliest antacids produced, and known by it’s signature deep lapis-colored blue bottles.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts has turned the building which housed Captain Isaac Emerson’s business into creative space for the performing arts, art exhibitions and music events. Resident artists, architects, jewelers and writers occupy the gallery space and it is recognizable by the huge 1911 Seth Thomas Clock installed in the tower. The Maryland Glass Company is located on the 15th Floor.

Stained glass artist Margy Ziegler is pretty busy getting ready for the holidays. Perhaps it will be time after the New Year to get out of the studio for a little bit and soak up some inspiration to start the new decade in 2020. I’m sure there are a few people who would be happy to go along for the ride! In so many historical Baltimore buildings and in the surrounds, there are wonderful stained glass installations to get out and see.

For more information on the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, please visit this website.

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.

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

Play Nice!

I suppose a good way to teach one’s children to be nice would be to build them a playhouse like the one pictured. Surely they’d quickly come to know throwing sticks and stones shatters glass and hearts too. If they liked their cool playhouse well enough, they’d resist. Building such a structure for kids to play in would involve a certain amount of risk, but I guess you’d have to put your faith in your children!

I came across an interesting article the other day. Did you know there is really a Stained Glass Playhouse? It’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Being a fan of live theatre, I found the information about it quite interesting. My skills and experience as a graphic designer have been put to good use designing tee-shirts for a summer community theater in Hereford, Maryland for many years now!

Check out this information about The Stained Glass Playhouse.  After reading about this organization I am willing to wager a bet that some of their productions are focused on playing nice too!