"It's All Magic" Miniature World In A Box

Glass Cathedrals

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    • 12th - 14th December
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    • 10th - 11th December


  • Made in UK
  • Handmade
Miniature scene in an artbox showing a trio of tiny creatures - a black unicorn, a zebra and a baby ‘zunicorn’ (a mix of the zebra and unicorn) standing against a sparkling white backdrop
Miniature scene in an artbox showing a trio of tiny creatures - a black unicorn, a zebra and a baby ‘zunicorn’ (a mix of the zebra and unicorn) standing against a sparkling white backdrop
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.

"It's All Magic" is an artbox that transports you to a sparkling parallel universe - one that reflects back the best of ourselves and the world we live in.

This box of enchanted creatures reminds us that magic is everywhere. The zebra, an icon of wildness and beauty. The unicorn, a testament to the human imagination that could dream such a thing into existence. And the baby zunicorn, embodying the power of love and connection.

“I was given one of your beautiful pieces a few years ago, and it was one of the most special gifts I’ve ever received. Very excited to pass on the delight I experienced, by gifting my own…” Rachel B, NYC

Need to know

  • Deadline for Christmas orders: Monday 18 December 2023 - choose Express Delivery*
  • i.e. Order by 18th December and you'll have in time for Christmas.

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).

Delivery options available

Standard delivery: included
Receive it by 12th - 14th December

Express delivery: £5.00
Receive it by 10th - 11th December

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.