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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Chicago Art Scene

Hello! I’m feeling fortunate to have made it to Chicago to see my daughter and the Driehaus Museum’s exhibition of Eternal Light – The Ecclesiastical Stained Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

The museum itself was a work of art- an old home saved by the historical society. The woodwork and tile work were spectacular. The colorful Tiffany windows were more stunning than any photo could ever show. Each with a fascinating story behind them.

Most informative was the information about the women who worked behind the scenes for Mr. Tiffany. They selected the glass and cut it. Nearly the entire department was run by females including Head Designer, Agnes Northrup whose work can be seen in the floral pieces of the exhibit.

There is so much more to show and tell about my art journey to Chicago, therefore, this will be a three part blog series. Next week I’ll share images of the more religious- in -nature windows of Mr. Tiffany as well as facts about him as an artistic director of his studios. 

Thanks for looking in on us today!

A Light Dance through Glass

“Being an artist is continually evolving your work.” ~ Nancy Hillis

Today, I am going to take our readers on a trip to the National Cathedral in Washington, DC through the power of video. This time lapse-video is not to be missed. So rather than using a bunch of words to describe it, I invite you to come along for the brief but exquisite experience as we trip the light fantastic through stained glass windows.

If you have never visited the National Cathedral in Washington, DC it’s well-worth a trip.

In the meantime, my trip to Chicago to the Driehaus Museum to see their Tiffany exhibit is drawing close enough that I need to get packed up. #1 on my list – my camera! #2 my flight ticket!

Isn’t art wonderful? I can not imagine a world without color scattering the light everywhere.

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!”

 

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!

Monasterial Commission

Eighty-seven year old stained glass artist, Gerhard Richter, has obtained a  commission to design three stained glass windows at the oldest monastery in Germany. Benedictine Tholey Abbey’s windows will be designed with inspiration from Marc Chagall’s designs which are installed in France’s Metz Cathedral. A documentary film was produced about the work of this artist and you can read more about it here. 

Richter will “use the stained glass as an opportunity to create a visual manifestation of musical compositions by longtime friend and collaborator Arvo Pärt, an Estonian composer”, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur. It will be the only non-figurative themed windows in the monastery.

For more information about this artist and his commission at the monastery, please visit this link.

 

Glass with a Past

“There is no investment you can make which will pay you so well as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer through your establishment.” ~ Orison Swett Marden

From simple design to gothic designs preservation of historic stained glass windows is important because its part of the cultural heritage of our country. Artisans study stained glass design in old buildings and churches to understand the past and to create for the future.

In order to fully appreciate the beauty of stained glass windows, regular cleaning is recommended so the rays can shine through the brilliant colors We’ve had some inquiries about how to clean old stained glass windows, particularly in churches. Depending on the condition and the size of the project, some old windows can be cleaned without the help of a professional and others may need a stained glass conservator to tackle the problem. Often times the kinds of deposits which have built up on the glass and the age of the window will be a factor in how to best clean the windows. Before moving forward, seek professional advice.

This article is a good one which will help you to determine which option may be best.

 

The Unveiling

MZ Glassworks looks forward to unveiling our latest lampshade design in the future. It’s nearly  finished and we’ll post photos soon. It’s been time consuming, yet fun, seeing it all come together.

Meanwhile, In Salt Lake City Utah this week the United Nations will meet for the 68th time to host The Civil Society Conference. It will be the first time the United Nations has hosted the conference away from their headquarters in New York City.

This week three stained glass panels entitled faith, love and unity will be unveiled. The opening display will be witnessed by representatives from 130 U.N. member countries. Tom Holdman of Holdman Studios, a Utah stained glass artist of international acclaim, is in the process of creating a total of seven panels. Each glass window is based on a value known to bring coalescence to humanity in different countries. The other four glass panels will represent freedom, courage, creativity, knowledge.

Learn more about The Roots of Humanity Exhibit. The colorful stained glass is a metaphoric representation of all the colorful people whose leaders represent them at the U.N.

(Photo below: three panels created by Holdman Studios for The Roots of Humanity Exhibit.)

“You can’t have unity without diversity.” ~ Richard Twiss, Native American educator

 

Honors for the Shattered

This blog post is not about flags made of polyester or nylon. I promise you it is not! So read on and learn something about a flag made from a different kind of fabric! It always feels good to show off the red, white and blue no matter what medium its made from.

Did you know? The largest stained glass flag in the world is right here in America. So, today, let’s put political preferences aside and enjoy this image, posted for all who are patriotic and proud to be an American.

This stained glass installation hangs in a public place named after one of America’s wounded warriors, which seems appropriate given the fact that the ancient poet of love, Rumi once said,  “The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

Want to know what city this glass installment hangs in? In Lawrence, Kansas at the Dole Institute of Politics.

Want to know another interesting fact? It’s bookends are two steel “I” beams from the World Trade Center.
Today I feel gratitude for Bob Dole
and all the other wounded warriors and civil servants (past and present)
who have so honorably served our country.