"Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness" Miniature World In A Box

Glass Cathedrals

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    • Order placed
    • 19th June
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    • 26th June
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    • Standard delivery
    • 28th June - 1st July
    • Express delivery
    • 27th - 28th June
  • Made in UK
  • Handmade
Description

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

"Cleanliness is next to Godliness" 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.

How magical to be so small and so mighty at the same time! And yet - who is not familiar with that feeling?

Gazing inside the box can be strangely emotional, and empowering. As we go about our daily lives, we are called upon to create order and safety in an endlessly messy world. Indeed there is something mighty about us all, as we face these challenges with humour, tenacity, and panache (on a good day!). Goddesses!

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.

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

Media
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.

Delivery

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).

Delivery options available

Standard delivery: included
Receive it by 28th June - 1st July

Express delivery: £10.00
Receive it by 27th - 28th June

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.