About Glass Cathedrals

I’m inspired by the power of the miniature to communicate big ideas and emotions, and how finding delight in small everyday moments is a superpower we can all switch on, in the blink of an eye.⁠

The boxes have been a unique platform for my flow of ideas. Some are based on thoughts I’ve been having since I was a child – thoughts that are no less mysterious to me today! “What exists beyond the stars? Why is glitter more precious to me than gold? Why do I wade into the VERY COLD water? How can I feel so important and so insignificant at the same time?”

Many people have these moments of inspiration about what it is to be a funny little human traveling around a big planet. What to do with these thoughts? I started putting mine in boxes… I wanted these tiny worlds to reflect back the beauty, complexity, craziness and poignancy of our own.

I also make art inspired by other people’s ideas of what is most precious. Over the years I have made hundreds  – in fact thousands – of Glass Cathedrals that capture people, events, places, memories, dreams – distilling moments to fit in a box.

The response to Glass Cathedrals has been heart-warming from the start – people from all walks of life and
corners of the planet seem to identify with the tiny figures and many have Glass Cathedrals in their homes.

I feel your work is like ripping up the bathroom floor of an old home and finding an entire
other floor that belonged to the owners from half a century ago.  It is magical and new and
familiar all at the same time
.” Rani W, Chicago

So much of my motivation and joy in creation, is to manifest something of significance to
another person. Plus, GLITTER.