Stained Glass Awareness Month

Welcome, August! It’s a big month for our family because we have a lot of Leo birthdays. In celebration of this month, we at MZ Glassworks are declaring it Stained Glass Awareness Month.

Here is the challenge: In your town or at one of your local churches, see how many stained glass windows you can find!  Play “I Spy!” to get the kids in on the action, too. The beauty of this challenge is stained glass can be seen from both inside and outside so during these pandemic times, you don’t even have to step inside any buildings, although it would be nice if you could.

Please send us a comment and let us know where you saw the stained glass and how many windows you found. If you wouldn’t mind sharing a picture or two, we will post it on our website if you give us permission to. And if you have anything made with stained glass in your home, special kudos to you! Let us know what it is! Stained glass sun catchers count too!

 

 

Honoring Uniqueness

“Create your own style..let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” – Anna Wintour

Some months ago MZ Glassworks was approached by a woman who said she wanted to have a custom transom made. Margy gave the potential client her business card. True to her word, the lady followed up with a phone call. Marge went to the woman’s place of residence and took measurements and they discussed the colors, look and feel of the stained glass transom window the lady desired. Her place of residence was not of cookie cutter design so it was clear why she desired a handcrafted, one of a kind design.

Today we’d simply like to share a photo of the latest custom designed transom window which was made in MZ Glassworks studio.

 

 

On the Sidelines: Tiffany

This is the final of three posts about Louis Comfort Tiffany and the exhibit I am so happy I was able to see recently in Chicago.

What many people don’t realize about  Mr. Tiffany was most of the workers behind the scenes at the Tiffany Studios were women. Which was unusual given the time in history. When Tiffany set up a studio to meet the high demands of his buyers, few women worked outside  the home. Clara Driscoll, Supervisor of the glass cutting department had as many as 50 women working under her. Many of the designs she was never given due credit for.

Although we typically associated the name Tiffany with stained glass windows, their studios also made favrile glass decorative items for homes such as vases and candlesticks. They also manufactured stained glass lampshades. What distinguished favrile glass was the metallic components that gave a unique appearance. Here are is a picture of a display at the Driehaus Museum exhibit.

The trip was from Baltimore to Chicago was truly worth the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn so much about the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and the medium of art, stained glass, that I so enjoy working with.

If you missed my previous two posts about “The Ecclesiastical Stained Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany” check them out. It’s a good time to do it!

Have a Happy Palm Sunday! Celebrate all the beauty of springtime.

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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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.

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.

 

 

Welcome to the Roaring Twenties!

Happy 2020! I hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas. Are you ready for a new month, a new year and a new decade?

You only get ten years to be in your twenties, unless history repeats itself. So today, let’s go back to the roaring twenties of the last century!  It was a time of opulence and a robust economy. Many of the cultural influences included jazz clubs and despite prohibition, there were extravagant parties for the upper echelon. Risky behavior was seen in women on every street corner with short, bobbed hair, cloche hats and fashions which had changed dramatically. Hemlines rose and corsets were discarded! Women gleefully put on rouge and lipstick to indicate they were “modern women!” Add to that a cigarette in woman’s mouth, she held great appeal!

Art Deco was in and so were stained glass windows. Here are a few examples we thought you’d enjoy while you take your visual trip backward one-hundred years.

If you enjoy looking back to the roaring twenties, here is more for you!

We hope you will be dancing into the new decade with much optimism and joy! Come back and visit us soon and often. We will see what new products MZ Glassworks creates in this 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!

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Enjoy this time of waiting and anticipating through the Advent Season!