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.”

 

 

Fall Favorites

Here at MZ Glassworks we love fall and decorating for the season.

So far, there’s only the stray leaf on the sidewalk that has turned from summer green to having a tinge of yellow, red or rust. Or something inbetween.

But inside MZ Glassworks we’ve got a great assortment of leaf lightcatchers, glass chimes and other seasonal favorites.

Be wise, avoid stepping inside a brick and mortar shop. We will ship them right to you, no risk involved.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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!

 

Stained Glass Vacation

I don’t know about you but I’ve been thinking about the options for summer vacation this year. Staying safe from viruses is priority for many families. Indeed a pandemic world has put a stain on the annual beach vacation.

According to the news there has been an increased planting of victory gardens. Perhaps a stay-cation to tend to your fruits and veggies is the best option since you went to all lengths to get the garden going. Sustain your investment!

This beach themed light catcher from MZ Glassworks will remind your disappointed family members there is always next year. Hang the decoration with the promise that next years beach vacation will be better than ever because the heart grows fonder when something is absent.

 

 

Bloomin’ Brightly

When we look around and see all the beautiful blooming trees this time of year, it’s a reminder of what’s to come. In our region, they say it’s safe to plant flowers outdoors by Mothers Day.

At MZ Glassworks we’ve brought our pretty posies to the forefront. Today’s showcase is all about our floral designs. Our bright flowers are a welcomed sighting in the windows of homes. They will add cheer even on the darkest days.

Here are just a few:

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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