Working in her Glassell Park studio, artist Bianca D'Amico combines succulents, air plants, ferns and feathers with a tiny cast of characters to create delightful worlds -- the daily pick in our Handmade Holidays Gift Guide.
D'Amico's pieces range from small terrarium ornaments ($7) to larger hanging terrariums ($55) and custom glass planters ($150 and up). She often adds miniatures to her pieces for humor and whimsy.
Characters can be customized to your preference. In the terrarium shown above, a woman and her dog walk a tightrope; in another, a woman refreshes plants with a watering can. Plants also can be customized for green thumbs (succulents, air plants, ferns, tropicals) and black thumbs (dried moss).
D'Amico also makes seed bombs (California native plant seeds in a compost mixture, $7 for a set of five) and Crack Me Open geodes (crack the rock open with a hammer and see what's inside, $15).
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