Allen County Survey

Stained Glass and Hammered Metal

John Motz is the son of Leslie P. Motz [April 12, 1936 - April 5, 2001] who developed many of the techniques John uses in his graceful hammered metalware today. Berthold Brecht once said "Art is not a mirror but a hammer." Motz's art requires many hammers and hours of pounding to turn flat metal disks into graceful vessels with mirror-like finishes. Years of experience has taught Motz which tools to use, where to hit the metal and how hard to produce the desired effect.

Jim Zehner is an old-fashioned tinsmith who uses only hand powered tools in his workshop. "You won't find any motors on my equipment." Zehner became interested in tinsmithing in the 1970s when his wife helped develop Fort Wayne's very popular Johnny Appleseed Festival. He creates everything from cookie cutters to advent wreaths with his hand-cranked tools.

Michael Hollman and his sister Ann (Hollman) Ziegler carry on a stained glass business that was started by their grandfather in 1944. Hollman builds the windows and restores old stained glass that has become worn or damaged. Because he is working with lead, Hollman wears latex gloves when repairing old windows.  Many processes involved with stained glass use toxic materials and Hollman must remain alert to the health and environmental impacts of his work.

Ann Ziegler studied business when she went to college.  Later, as she moved into stained glass design, she went back to school to study art. Ziegler must keep in mind what kind of light will be passing through the glass she incorporates into her designs. Will the window be facing north or south, at ground level or overhead? Creating stained glass windows requires a unique combination of artistry and engineering.