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!

 

Learning Opportunity

“The arts are the best insurance policy a city can take on itself.”
–Woody Dumas, former Mayor of Baton Rouge

Ok, all you artists in Baltimore, this one is for you. You already know that what happened to the Orioles this season and how the crabs ran this summer. But, are you up to snuff on what’s happening in the stained glass world here in Baltimore?

As all artists know, no matter how accomplished, the learning never ends. And there aren’t many who teach the craft of stained glass making.There is a fantastic opportunity that awaits in December at the Walters Art Gallery. Instructors from Terraza Stained Glass are offering a workshop. Find your inspiration from an exhibit hanging at the museum about Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a watercolorist, designer and Scottish architect.

Follow this link to learn more about the workshop. The fees are so reasonable at $45 ($35 for members of the Walters Art Gallery), so why not sign up and expand your knowledge of the art you love?

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art & The Brain

 

When it comes to science and art, research has found the two can not be talked about independently because creativity involves brain activity. Did you know through neurological processes used in creating art, a person’s perspective on life can be changed in a positive way?

Including the arts in a child’s education is healthy for brain development and in my opinion, it should not be left out of the curriculum. Otherwise how would a child be able to explore his or her creative capacities?

One of the most convincing books I have ever read about creativity and the brain is by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor called My Stroke of Insight. If you have not read it plan to do so. I don’t want to be a spoiler and tell you too much but Dr. Taylor’s personal story relates to today’s theme.

That’s all for today. Do return to this page on our website.Our goal for our blog writings is to shed light on art which adds color to our life.

 

Pass it On

Today’s blog is simply to re-share one of our previous blogs because we’ve been asked the question –  who is Elizabeth Kubler-Ross?  She was a pioneer in the hospice movement. A psychiatrist and humanitarian who deeply understood people and their emotions during the most difficult stages of life.

Thoughts like hers are worthy of remembering and passing along to other people. Every single living person around the world regardless of age and background go through times of darkness and light. And today we hope you have your glitter on!

Join us next time as we explore how art brings beauty to the soul.

This blog is brought to you by MZGlassworks: Scattering Light and Color Everywhere.

Coat of Colors

You’ve heard of the story Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors?

Well, today, I’m going to introduce you to Missy, the cat with fur of a spectrum of colors. Her uniqueness is brought to you by her laying in the reflection of a stained glass window!

Psychologist say there is something behind the colors we chose to wear and surrounding ourselves with a little color can do something not only for appearances but also the spirit. Don’t believe me? Read the article for yourself.

As for Missy, I’d say she’s a pretty colorful character.

What are you going to do to add more color to your life? Share it with a comment on this website because “The world needs your prismatic soul!” ~Amy Leigh Mercree