Introducing, One of a Kind, by Hieropice

I feel I often begin posts by talking about how excited I am, and am probably getting dangerously close to sounding like I’m perennially hopped-up on something, so, despite the fact that I AM really excited about this announcement, I’m going to refrain from stating that.  First.Hieropice Terrarium
I’ve so appreciated all the love folks have shown me, and support for Hieropice.  I think, as an artist, you’ve got to keep innovating, changing, doing new things, to keep your brain from atrophying, or burning out.

As I was making one of many made-to-order terrarium necklaces recently, I thought, man, I am working SO small, the vessel is so tiny, I really wish I could expand this and create a whole landscape in this thing!  And my next thought was, um…..I can!  So, I started thinking about ways to create miniature landscapes under glass, and for some reason, the first thing that came to mind was Tucson, Arizona, where I lived after high school.  The desert there was the most surprising place I’d been to-date; contrary to my impressions Mt Lemmon by San Tan Hills Photographyfrom back East, it was not “deserted” at all, but full of life, and amazing shifting color palates that revolved around the movements of the sun.  I saw more shapes, colors and textures in the desert than any landscape I’d encountered previously, and an abundance of plants with romantic names like “agave” and “ocotillo.”  And weird things, inexplicable stacks of boulders balanced on the edge of a cliff, oversized cactus blossoms that only bloom at night and just once a year, and an aspen forest, covered in snow at the peak of Mt. Lemmon in the middle of the city, while miles below, it was eighty degrees and sunny.Hieropice Desert Terrarium Necklace
Yeah, all kinds of weird and wondrous, but memories of the desert haunt me now that I’ve moved back to the northeast, and it seemed fitting to create my first landscape from those memories.  And so, I am introducing the first of Hieropice’s new one-of-a-kind Landscape Terrarium Necklaces, the Sonoran Desert Terrarium Necklace.

My goal with this new line is to experiment with vessel shapes and sizes, creating miniatures incorporating a variety of techniques, like re-creating miniature plants from bits and pieces of other ones, hand-painting, dyeing, etc., with a focus on realism.

Hieropice Terrarium Necklace

Agave detail

This first piece includes a miniature barrel cactus that I impregnated with a slew of little wire spines, a stack of stones that I created to match my memories of Mt. Lemmon, lichen tumbleweeds and layers of sand that I hand-dyed, to recreate the changing landscape of the desert.

Red-tipped agave, cholla, and of course, the iconic Saguaro cactus, that the Arizona desert would be bereft without.

There are a lot of other goodies tucked in there, and the piece so reminds me of the Sonoran, I wish I could crawl into it!

Hieropice Terrarium Necklace

Barrel cactus detail

The new one of a kind (ooak) pieces will be just that, never to be reproduced, so when they’re sold, they’re gone.  But I hope their new owners will enjoy having pieces that are unique, and knowing the one they own is the only one in existence.

I’ll be listing the new pieces on Etsy as I make them, so stay tuned for future landscapes!


We’re at the Natick Mall!

Quick post today!  Eujin Kim Neilan is the proprietor/artist behind Uni-T, a fabulous handmade brand offering her Eujin’s original illustrations in screen-printed tee, necklace, hoodie, and card-form.  Uni-T recently opened up in the Natick Mall, a very swanky collection of stores in Natick, MA.  And Hieropice is the featured artist there for the month of May!  Check out Hieropice’s collection at Uni-T, at the Natick Mall, 1245 Worcester Street, Natick, Massachusetts, 2nd floor, right near Nordstrom.Table at Uni-T

Hieropice in the Boston Globe!

Hieropice in the Boston GlobeIt’s been a crazy week, with lots of projects going on simultaneously, but I wanted to share my feature in the May 5th, 2013 edition of the Boston Globe with you!  I was interviewed about running a handmade jewelry business online, and some of the ins and outs involved therein.  And I may have mentioned that I go to the post office in my pajamas to ship out Hieropice orders.  But hey, everyone does that, right?!  You can read the article on, and it’s posted above!