As a long-time creator of blown-glass terrariums myself, Paula Hayes is my idol. Her artistry and eye for color, materials and shape has made her the master of this form of art making and design.
The glass forms she uses are biomorphic. Her piece Nocturne of the Limax maximus was installed in the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art in New York two years ago.
Because of Paula’s amazing work with terrariums, she sparked a resurgence of terrarium’s popularity. The New York Times posted an article entitled, “Terrariums Make A Comeback” that hit the blogosphere with a vengeance. You started to see terrariums being written about in Dwell magazine and sold in design-centric shops like Moss, Design Within Reach and many other commercial venues specializing in contemporary design. She was also given an exhibition at the world-renowned art gallery, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, in Chicago.
Without a doubt, the terrariums of Paula Hayes has achieved major CoolMist status. Below is a slideshow of many of her terrariums, crystal gardens, and other inspired designs for the garden.