Halloween in the Air

Yep, the season has begun. Halloween costumes and candy are in the stores. This year, trick-or-treat may feel a little different since many parents are understandably hesitant about where they take their children in this virus season.

We are thankful at MZ Glassworks there are no restrictions on Halloween decorating! One of our newer products, our lanterns, may be the perfect addition to your cache of seasonal decorating because as it’s been said “Give light and people will find the way.” 

So, our advice to you is Be wise, be prepared! Have wrapped candy on hand just incase someone swings by. You don’t want any little ones being turned away empty handed and crying their eyes out saying “Boo-Hoo.”

 

 

Early Bird Selection

 

Are you one of those shoppers who has all their gifts purchased, wrapped and stashed by Labor Day? If so your deadline is growing closer. In light of things that transpired in 2020, on-line shopping will be ever more popular.

We at MZ Glassworks just wanted to put a little bug in your ear. If you haven’t visited our portfolio of products, please do so because it’s grown throughout the year! We have all kinds of holiday ornaments for every season, as well as horses and hounds, light catchers for birders, home and garden decor items with stained glass, designs of regional interest, and we are always faithful to those who wish to hang a religious icon, such as crosses, angels, biblical figures. We even have lanterns to light up someones life.

Happy Shopping, and we applaud all early bird shoppers. As you have heard before “A Christmas shopper’s complaint is one of long-standing.”  Shopping early means you are being thoughtful to your postal and delivery service workers who are often overloaded during the holidays.

 

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!

Featuring a New Design

“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.” – Milton Glaser

For quite sometime I’ve had it in my mind that I wanted to design a triptych. It’s taken awhile to take my vision and turn it into three panels which are as nice hanging individually as they are all three together. Well, here it is!

I’m pleased with the result and look forward to featuring it in my collection of stained glass light catchers, panels, transoms, wind chimes, lanterns and lampshades which I will have with me this Saturday at the Carroll County Ag Center in Westminster, Maryland. The venue is partially open air and all attending must abide by state regulations regarding social distancing.

Stop by and say hello.  We have quite a few new products and designs since last year!! And if the market is like anything in previous summers, there are wonderful wares – produce right from the farm, baked goods and many craft vendors. Hop in the car and come on out!

 

One Thing Leads to Another

Ok, so now you have our latest product for your garden – a beautifully handcrafted garden lantern with fused glass or stained glass windows. Your garden looks so pretty!

You like it! And now you are thinking you need something more to go with it. You know how that is – Often, we get a new piece of clothing and then suddenly we want something else to enhance or accessorize it.

Any of these hit your fancy? We love how these can be incorporated into a garden shed window or door.

Here’s a creative idea how our herb panels can be incorporated into a greenhouse. Your garden space would be the pride of the neighborhood with some stained glass embellishment!

Contact us if we can help!!

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.

 

Spark Creativity

Looking for ways to spark creativity in your kids? Not all art projects like stained glass are meant for kids because many of the tools and implements used to make stained glass are sharp,hot and unsuitable for little fingers and hands.

However, we came across this “faux stained glass project” which most kids can handle if they are beyond the early elementary school years. Many of the materials are probably already in your house which keeps the crafting costs low and it also teaches kids about re-purposing objects. A jar of Mod Podge may be the only thing you will have to purchase, and that’s easy to come by in a store such as Jo-Ann’s or Michael’s Craft Stores.

Here are the instructions for this art project! Happy Crafting in the New Year with your family!

P.S. Snowy days off from school and winter break holidays are a time to do some at-home art projects with kids. Even if you aren’t artistically inclined, you might surprise yourself. Planning ahead of time by gathering instructions and all the tools and materials helps make the art day project successful.

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.