Surfin’ Stained Glass

The Internet is the stained glass picture of the 21st century. ~ Diana Butler Bass

One never knows where surfin’ the internet can take us! We find out all kinds of things we never knew previously. Take for instance, the other day I was surfin’ the term “Stained Glass” and what should appear was interesting.

But first, a disclaimer.  I have never been in the doors of the two places I am going to mention. I have not tasted their food or drink so it will be up to our readers to form their own first hand opinions! I am not pushing the place, just being a conduit of information.

Did you know there are two restaurants in Elkton, MD and Glenmont (near Silver Spring), Maryland called The Stained Glass Pub? Indeed there are. I’d love to hear from you if you have visited. But, please be mindful. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. We only pass along good reviews because we don’t want to be responsible for shattering anyone’s livelihood. Now that the information is on our radar, if we get good reports about the establishments, one of the hot spots may become part of my travels. From the picture it looks right nice!

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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.

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!

Barn Installations

Trending upward is the repurposing of old barns for living quarters, restaurants and even art venues. Barns are becoming more visible thanks to the creative efforts of “quilt trail” enthusiasts. If you are not familiar with quilt trails, they are a growing phenomenon of tourism in may places .Here is how it works: People with barns on their properties are putting up painted quilt designs on their structures. People follow the “quilt trail,” learning more about the history of barns, how they are used agriculturally or otherwise, and they entice people to become more familiar with their rural surroundings. It’s all good as far as we are concerned!

Stained glass can be used to make a real statement in old barns that have been re-purposed. We can only imagine this sweet little barn with stained glass installation in the two rounded windows – it sure would kick it up a notch even further! Custom, hand forged craftsmanship always goes hand in hand with barns!

Here are a few more examples of barn stained glass installations.

Thinking of adding some custom designed glass to your barn? Contact us! If we can’t help we may be able to steer you in the right direction! We are always on the trail looking for creative ways art is used to enhance peoples lives!

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.

 

Earthy Colors

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” ~ Unknown

Summer is drifting further away and soon, autumn winds will be whipping up scattering leaves everywhere and people will be getting their rakes out!  On September 23rd fall will officially make its appearance on the yearly calendar.

With the change of seasons we human beings often transition into different clothing color choices. It’s likely the color palette in the studio of MZ Glassworks will change too. Glass of merry magenta, brilliant blues, sunny yellows, pert pinks and emerald green will be swapped out for colors such as maroon, mustard, burgundy, ember, rusts, pumpkin and browns. We will ramp up our production of autumn-themed sun catchers and wind chimes.

All things fall foliage are happening in the studio right now!

 Here are a few examples:

Above: Sun catcher from MZ Glassworks

 Above: Autumn Breeze Windchimes from MZ Glassworks

Play Nice!

I suppose a good way to teach one’s children to be nice would be to build them a playhouse like the one pictured. Surely they’d quickly come to know throwing sticks and stones shatters glass and hearts too. If they liked their cool playhouse well enough, they’d resist. Building such a structure for kids to play in would involve a certain amount of risk, but I guess you’d have to put your faith in your children!

I came across an interesting article the other day. Did you know there is really a Stained Glass Playhouse? It’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Being a fan of live theatre, I found the information about it quite interesting. My skills and experience as a graphic designer have been put to good use designing tee-shirts for a summer community theater in Hereford, Maryland for many years now!

Check out this information about The Stained Glass Playhouse.  After reading about this organization I am willing to wager a bet that some of their productions are focused on playing nice too!

 

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

 

Foundation Helping Young Artists

“It is my dearest wish to help young artists of our country…and assist by helping them establish themselves in the art world.”  ~ Louis Comfort Tiffany (pictured below)

Much before his death in 1933, Louis Comfort Tiffany began planning for his legacy. In 1918 he established a foundation and a plan to use his home, Laurelton Hall (pictured below) as a retreat for young artists. Although the real estate property on Long Island was sold, his foundation still exists and it’s focus has changed.

Grants to young artists are now awarded.However, an artist can not apply for a grant, they must be nominated by a person of prominence in the art world as an up and coming artist of promise and talent.

It is interesting to read about previous and recent grant award-winners on the website for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. 

What an honor it must be for young artists to be recognized as someone who is worthy of following in the footsteps of this highly esteemed glass artist. Makes me wish I’d found my passion working in this wonderful medium years sooner but doing “Art for Art’s Sake” is reason enough and for that reason I find fulfillment in it!