Sensational Experience

“What makes things memorable is they are meaningful, significant and colorful.” ~ Joshua Foer

When spring comes around and the flowers become show-offs, I am reminded of a whole country full of show-offs this time of year. They all happen to be rooted and planted in Holland! The gardeners use their artistry to show the colors of the tulips off at their best, a wide spectrum! Just like I incorporate color into my variety of glassworks.

I like to revisit the pictures from my trip to Holland this time every year and dream of someday returning, Is there any time of year in the Netherlands that could be better? I don’t think so.

This shot from an airplane has been generously shared by many people with no copyright infringement intended. The purpose of sharing is so those who haven’t seen the country firsthand can have a chance to see the beauty in Amsterdam’s fields at this time of the year. The images helps us to understand the scope of the how many bulbs are planted and blooming all at once. Makes you want to go there, doesn’t it? Call your local travel agency, they can hook you up with tickets, travel regulations permitting. The season is short, however!

It’s raining here today in Maryland, so, its a good day to share some color.

Margy Ziegler in Holland a few years ago.

Happy Springtime and remember spring showers, bring May flowers. We are entering into the brightest months with bouquets of color in the landscape springing up everywhere!

Easter with Anglicans in Austin

Since we are only days away from Easter, we thought we’d share this beautiful stained glass window from an Anglican church in Austin, Texas. Magnificent stained glass windows exist in churches and other buildings all over the country. Maybe a few more churches will be open this Easter Sunday than last so the dawns early light of Easter Sunrise Services can be seen through the colorful glass windows in chapels, cathedrals, churches and other types of sanctuaries.

It’s fun to see stained glass made during different periods of history and in different parts of the country. There is probably not an stained glass artist who hasn’t been inspired by another artists work – its a great source of inspiration. Many artists feel a surge in creativity with spring.

We hope this Easter Sunday you will feel renewed and restored. “Rejoice and be glad.” ~ Matthew 5: 12

StFrancisAustin.org Installation in St. Francis Anglican Church, Austin, TX

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!

 

 

Gratefully Speaking

Today, I’d like to simply say thank you for those who came out to the Carroll County Ag Center last Saturday and stopped by to say Hi and buy! Even if you did not make a purchase, we appreciated your interest in what we produce at MZ Glassworks. It was good to get out of the studio and chat with old and new customers and see other vendors who also work hard at what they sell.

It’s more important now than ever to buy local and from small businesses and as it’s been said, “when you support small business you are supporting a dream.”  Thank you from MZ Glassworks!

Spring Beauty

This time last year I was in the Netherlands seeing the annual exhibition of blooming tulips. And what a show they put on.

I came home feeling inspired and of course that lead to these glass creations.

I am so grateful I took the opportunity to travel to Holland in 2019. This year things are different due to the worldwide virus outbreak.

There’s a lesson in that – if you feel inspired to do something in your life, seize the day and do it. Don’t wait. Things can change on the dime. It can happen any time!

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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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.