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Marilyn Tillander is the owner of MT Glass. She is a 5th generation stained glass artist and has worked with stained glass and mosaic art for 15 years.

She enjoys making all types of stained glass and mosaics, as well as canvas paintings. She designs and constructs contemporary and traditional pieces, both large and small. Born and raised in Florida, her real love is creating salt-water fish and other sea-life windows.

Marilyn's art glass talent is rooted in history. Her great, great-grandfather, Andreas Schmitt, owned an art glass studio in Bamberg, Germany. At that time, German art glass workmanship was considered superior to American. Andreas died in 1886 and Marilyn's great-grandfather, Michael Schmitt, took over the family business. Michael was a talented art glass designer and his studio designed and produced church and secular art glass…

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  • Born on June 28
  • Joined April 14, 2008

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About

Marilyn Tillander is the owner of MT Glass. She is a 5th generation stained glass artist and has worked with stained glass and mosaic art for 15 years.

She enjoys making all types of stained glass and mosaics, as well as canvas paintings. She designs and constructs contemporary and traditional pieces, both large and small. Born and raised in Florida, her real love is creating salt-water fish and other sea-life windows.

Marilyn's art glass talent is rooted in history. Her great, great-grandfather, Andreas Schmitt, owned an art glass studio in Bamberg, Germany. At that time, German art glass workmanship was considered superior to American. Andreas died in 1886 and Marilyn's great-grandfather, Michael Schmitt, took over the family business. Michael was a talented art glass designer and his studio designed and produced church and secular art glass as well as signs for businesses. In 1907, Michael took a job with the famous Von Gerichten Art Glass Company in Columbus, Ohio. The studio, led by Ludwig Von Gerichten, created approximately 1800 windows for approximately 850 churches in the United States. In 1913, at the age of 46, Michael Schmitt was offered and accepted a management position in the new Munich branch of the Von Gerichten studio. During World War I, Michael led an excellent staff at the Munich studio when Ludwig was prevented from traveling. Michael continued in the highly sucessful Von Gerichten Munich studio through the 1920's when, in 1930, he oversaw the closing of the branch before Adolph Hitler became Chancellor. Unfortunately, the Hitler regime eliminated the need for church windows and Michael Schmitt retired in 1933 at the age of 66. Fortunately, Marilyn has the privilege of continuing her family's stained glass art legacy.

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