It’s Spring! (Sort of!)

Mega Mushroom Magnet web close-up  So Spring comes with a bit of a qualifier, because I’m in New England, and we literally had a snow-storm last week.  But ‘technically’ it’s Spring!  Yay!
The Hieropice Botanical Magnets have multiplied!  I now have Mega versions available, with sawtooth hangers on the back so you can hang them as wall-art if you want.  Yay for options!  I like the idea of these for personalizing an office space or classroom.  I always vote for bringing more nature into a space.
garden magnet trio web
I’ve also been etching many more glass decanters with my botanical illustrations, and the magical land of all things kitchen and home, Greentail Table, carries a selection of them.  So if you’re in the Newton, MA area, stop by and check it out!  They have such great stuff in there.   Ceramic succulent plants, little bird chopstick-holders, screen-printed nature-themed tea towels…  It’s just beautifully-curated, and they also feature workshops on floral arranging, local cuisine, and entertaining, so you know, it’s just a cool place to hang out.

I’ve updated Hieropice.com to feature my newer items, and am looking forward expanding my product line further.  Happy Spring, all!Hieropice Decanters at Greentail Table March

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New Workshops, new shows!

fern, shell terrarium web
Excited to announce that I’ve added a couple of new workshops to my August roster, in addition to the upcoming glass-etching workshop on August 27th. I’ll be teaching two workshops on terrarium-building on August 14th and 23rd!  These two classes will focus on how to create sustainable tropical ecosystems under glass, with step-by-step Moss and plants for terrrarium workshopinstruction and tips on keeping your terrariums beautiful long-term. Attendees will get to personalize their terraria, and we’ll use truly unique glass vessels (no fishbowls here!) to build in.  Very excited to offer this class at the Presentation School Foundation in Brighton, as previously, I’ve only offered it and Brookline Adult and Community Education and Newton Community Education.  If you live in the Greater Boston area, or will be on August 14th or 23rd, join in!  You have to pre-register to attend, register here.

This Sunday, I’ll be exhibiting at SOWA Boston, debuting some new pieces. I’ve created new terrarium ornaments, botanical-gilded lanterns, terrarium shadow boxes and botanical-etched decanters. SOWA is open from 10 AM – 4 PM on Sunday, and is free to attend (it costs $10 to park, but you can use the parking voucher at any of the vendor booths!)Gilded Botanical Lantern 2

Lichen, moss, and making things

lichen in handI am still as obsessed as ever with all things botanical.  I took the most truncated vacation ever, and, as it was me on vacation, spent a significant portion hunting for lichen to use in future terraria.
I have also had this long-term plan/goal, to make lighting around my terraria, and I’ve been playing around with a bunch of different concepts.  I’ve built some pieces, created elements, but haven’t quite created anything I feel represents what I see in my head.
BUT I had a thought while I was on vacation, and when I returned, started working on it.  I just completed it, after a bunch of experimenting.  Lots of cutting glass, applying chemicals, applying more chemicals, changing techniques, and I quite like what I’ve made now.  Here it is!IMG_4902 My phone is pretty abysmal and ancient, so photos are not great, but I’m pleased with how the lantern came out.  It’s a bit hard to see the reflective nature of the floral pattern on the glass in the photos, I’ll take others somewhere down the line.  I’m looking forward to playing with the techniques more to create more pieces.  Yay for being in a creative period!