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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coat of Colors

You’ve heard of the story Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors?

Well, today, I’m going to introduce you to Missy, the cat with fur of a spectrum of colors. Her uniqueness is brought to you by her laying in the reflection of a stained glass window!

Psychologist say there is something behind the colors we chose to wear and surrounding ourselves with a little color can do something not only for appearances but also the spirit. Don’t believe me? Read the article for yourself.

As for Missy, I’d say she’s a pretty colorful character.

What are you going to do to add more color to your life? Share it with a comment on this website because “The world needs your prismatic soul!” ~Amy Leigh Mercree

 

Home of the Blue and White

When in the Netherlands what do you do? You visit Delft! Any respectable artist would, wouldn’t you? Delft is home to Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer , the iconic blue and white pottery, and the little lady with the pearl earring! (Ah…yes, you say, I remember that great book, The Girl With the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier!)

We found the blue and white, and a pair of bicycles. Naturally, I was on the look out for rainbow-colored windows too!

Yay! We made it across the big blue

and to

The Nieuwe Kerk in Market Square! All is alive and well in Delft!

 

Glass Chimes

Belated Greetings from Amsterdam, Holland. This spring at the height of Tulip Season, my daughter Shannon and I had the good fortune to visit a place on our bucket lists – Keukenhoff Gardens. Our travels took us on many artistic journeys which included museums, churches and towns I’d only read about. In a series of blogs, I will be sharing a little with you about my experience which has broadened me even further as an artist and stained glass maker.

One windy day which still had a spring chill to it, as we walked the grounds of the Keukenhoff Gardens, I thought I heard some tinkling in the distance. My first thought was it was coming from a fountain. We walked toward the gentle song in the air and came across the most impressive wind chimes I have ever seen. Imagine the delight on the face of yours truly, as I realized the lilting music was coming from something made of glass. I was right in my element!

Immediately I wondered how many pieces of glass were used to make this structure/musical instrument? My friends, since I don’t have the facts on that, it’s still a mystery to me. The answer is blowing in the wind.

If you plan on going to Amsterdam to count the pieces of glass yourself, you will have to wait until 2020. These magnificent gardens are only open the end of March until mid-May every year. Here is a link to Keukenhoff Gardens. Read more about the 32 hectares of flowers in this park where millions of visitors from around the world arrive yearly to stroll 15 kilometers of footpaths and view 800 different species of tulips. There is a different theme in the plantings each year and in 2020 it will be World of Colors. 

Reflections

Hello!

We are glad you have discovered this blog. We are dedicated to posting something every week which will give you something of interest to read about art, the importance or history of stained glass or something else creative which will inspire you to ponder the ages old craft.

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