I was really excited when I came across Ashley’s terrariums, each one has a strikingly modern shape and is crafted so intricately. Made out of copper and glass, they seem like small cathedrals for the plants living inside. Ashley creates each one by hand in her home in Philadelphia, and finds inspiration in her daily walks around the city. She kindly answered a few of my questions about her work:
Why terrariums? What is it about making them that appeals to you?
Growing up, I lived in very rural areas of Pennsylvania, and wherever we lived my Mom
had a garden. For many summers, I would go into the garden and feast on sun-ripened
tomatoes and berries, I’m still a country girl at heart. Unfortunately, ever
since I moved away from home, I’ve lived in tiny apartments with little to no outdoor
space. Terrariums are a way for me to bring the outside in.
What people or places inspire you and your work?
I think I get my best ideas when I’m walking around. Philly is a very walkable city,
and since it’s a grid layout I don’t need to think much about the route I’m taking.
It’s the perfect time to let my mind wander, assembling imaginary structures.
It’s as if walking gets the gears in motion in my head.
What’s your motto when it comes to your work?
Simple, modern, whimsical.