"A Woman's Work" Miniature World In A Box

Glass Cathedrals

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    • Order placed
    • 26th February
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    • Standard delivery
    • 11th - 13th March


  • Made in UK
  • Handmade
Miniature scene in an artbox showing a tiny cleaning lady sweeping up a huge pile of pink glitter
Miniature scene in an artbox showing a tiny cleaning lady sweeping up a huge pile of pink glitter
Miniature scene in an artbox showing a tiny cleaning lady sweeping up a huge pile of pink glitter
Side view of the diorama box, showing the hand-written title and signature plate, and the french cleat hanging strip along the back top edge
Glass Cathedrals come packed in a lovely bespoke kraft box
Four Glass Cathedral artboxes displayed in a column at MiXX gallery, Telluride Colorado
A Glass Cathedral artbox displayed in a home interior setting with other decorative objects
A miniature figurine of a little girl in armbands, perched on the artist’s baby finger
Two images showing the scale of the miniature figures. One is of a bonfire on a beach, the other is of Lisa painting a miniature celebrity figurine (Jameela Jamil)
Lisa Swerling in her California art studio making a miniature circus-themed Glass Cathedral  for an exhibition at Anthropologie in 2019

Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals are a series of dioramas created over the last 20 years in California, Cape Town and now London.

"A Woman's Work" is an artwork that transports you to a sparkling parallel universe - one that reflects back the best of ourselves and the world we live in.

The tiny lady sweeping glitter into a pile celebrates not only sparkliness and smallness, but these moments of sweet satisfaction. She's staved off the chaos of life for another day, and created something beautiful in the process. Finding delight in the everyday is a superpower we can all turn on in the blink of an eye.

“Your magical creations may be small in size, but they have provided moments of wonder and courage for those of us standing on the other side of the glass." Vicky W, NYC

Need to know

Each Glass Cathedral is handmade by the artist, and individually titled, signed and dated.
They come packed in a lovely bespoke kraft box.

Size and Scale
Box: 30 x 20 x 8cm (12 x 8 x 3”) | Scale of scene: 1:87

Editions and Customisation
Glass Cathedrals are open editions, made to order.
For some designs there is optional personalisation of the gender, skin and hair colours, included in the price.

Display and Care
Glass Cathedrals have a french cleat built into the top back of the frame.
They hang on a nail or French cleat (provided) on the wall, or can sit on a shelf.
They should be displayed away from direct sunlight and avoid humid conditions eg. bathrooms.
Glass can be taken out and cleaned with normal glass cleaner.

Because the artworks are custom made, we can’t accept returns except if the order is incorrect or arrives damaged.

The miniature scenes are housed in white-painted wooden boxes, fronted by glass.
The model-railway figurines are painted, and at times augmented with clay, paper, and other ephemera such as specks of glitter and tiny sequins. The interiors are often layered with glitter.
Because each order is handmade, they may vary slightly from photos.


The delivery options for this item are listed below (if it doesn't state 'Express delivery' then that option is not available for this product). As soon as you place your order, this small business will spring into action, get it ready and send it out... (and you can feel wonderful for supporting them).

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Standard delivery: included
Receive it by 11th - 13th March

For more information about delivery or returning items, please take a look at our Delivery & Returns page.

Lisa Swerling at work in her Glass Cathedrals studio

Glass Cathedrals

Tufnell park, London

I’m Lisa Swerling, an artist making miniature worlds in boxes called Glass Cathedrals. Inspired by the power of the miniature to communicate big ideas and emotions, I've spent nearly twenty years making thousands of artboxes - in Cape Town, California, and now London.

Described as "little pockets of joy", Glass Cathedrals remind us that we are all the heroes of our own stories, and that finding delight in small moments is a superpower we can turn on in the blink of an eye.