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Mar 20, 2015

by Murat Ozsaltik

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hello! My name is Murat, and I craft geometric terrariums with my partner Asli using the Tiffany stained glass technique. We work in a studio below our home in Istanbul, Turkey, and we’re also parents to our cat, Ned. Our shop is called Waen.

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Waen started in August of 2014 – 172 years after a terrarium was accidentally discovered by English botanist Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward. Although it seems like terrariums have only recently become popular, they were actually designed with increasing intricacy and style and have been widely consumed as a decoration for the home since the Victorian age. Asli is a green thumb architect with a passion for geometry, and she thought of the idea for geometric terrariums back when I was working on my master’s thesis in neuroscience. I made her one as a birthday gift and she loved it, so we decided to make more together.

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Even in the years before we met, Asli and I have always believed in the power of creating something new and unique from scraps, instead of buying what the market offers us. After being introduced by a mutual friend, we fell in love, moved in together, and started dreaming of an efficient and creative life. And that’s exactly what we got when we launched Waen.

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We work in a ground floor studio with a lovely garden, which is an ideal workspace for glass cutting, grinding and soldering. Before we start crafting, we make sketches and models of our geometric forms in order to visualize their final appearance and make sure they have the right angles and correct measurements. Our main inspiration comes from 13 polyhedra listed by Archimedes, which were rediscovered by artists and mathematicians during the Renaissance. We are addicted to complex shapes and their ancient roots!

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To us, knowing our materials and the chemistry behind the process is the key to a perfect product. We love pushing our limits by experimenting with different equipment and techniques. Selling our wares on Etsy allowed us to turn our skills and interests into a lifestyle. We’re proud to be a part of this community, and we love the idea that someone on the other side of the planet is growing a cute little plant in a terrarium that we made. Our goal for the future is to grow at our own pace without losing the small business spirit. We also want to expand our product line, and most importantly, keep working from home.

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All photographs by Waen.

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Large Geometric Glass Box, Wedding Card Box, Wishing Well Box, Envelope Holder, Wedding Money Box, Large Terrarium, Rustic Wedding Box
Large Geometric Glass Box, Wedding Card Box, Wishing Well Box, Envelope Holder, Wedding Money Box, Large Terrarium, Rustic Wedding Box
Waen
$150.00 USD
Geometric Glass Ring Box Holiday Proposal Ring Box Wedding Ring Box Engagement Ring Box Ring Bearer Box Copper Ring Box Winter Wedding Decor
Geometric Glass Ring Box Holiday Proposal Ring Box Wedding Ring Box Engagement Ring Box Ring Bearer Box Copper Ring Box Winter Wedding Decor
Waen
$60.00 USD
Stained Glass Copper Candle Holder, Christmas Lights, Holiday Candles, Geometric Candles, Decorative Candles, Silver Candle Holder
Stained Glass Copper Candle Holder, Christmas Lights, Holiday Candles, Geometric Candles, Decorative Candles, Silver Candle Holder
Waen
$55.00 USD
Copper Candle Holder Set, Rustic Fall Decor, Stained Glass Geometric Candles, Holiday Table Lights, Copper Wedding Decor
Copper Candle Holder Set, Rustic Fall Decor, Stained Glass Geometric Candles, Holiday Table Lights, Copper Wedding Decor
Waen
$75.00 USD
Wedding Gift Table Set Large Glass Wedding Card Box Geometric Ring Box Candle Holder Wishing Well Box Rustic Wedding Box
Wedding Gift Table Set Large Glass Wedding Card Box Geometric Ring Box Candle Holder Wishing Well Box Rustic Wedding Box
Waen
$250.00 USD
Geometric Stained Glass Display Box for Jewelry & Cards, Envelope Holder, Glass Card Box, Glass Keepsake Box, Wedding Photo Box, Jewelry Box
Geometric Stained Glass Display Box for Jewelry & Cards, Envelope Holder, Glass Card Box, Glass Keepsake Box, Wedding Photo Box, Jewelry Box
Waen
$85.00 USD
Large Glass Succulent Terrarium, Reptile Terrarium, Geometric Terrarium, Math Teacher Gift, Holiday Centerpiece, Table Planter
Large Glass Succulent Terrarium, Reptile Terrarium, Geometric Terrarium, Math Teacher Gift, Holiday Centerpiece, Table Planter
Waen
$150.00 USD
Large Geometric Terrarium, Succulent Terrarium, Reptile Terrarium, Glass Planter Box, Moss Terrarium, Math Teacher Gift, Coffee Table Decor
Large Geometric Terrarium, Succulent Terrarium, Reptile Terrarium, Glass Planter Box, Moss Terrarium, Math Teacher Gift, Coffee Table Decor
Waen
$130.00 USD
Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Glass Ring Bearer Box, Ring Display Box, Proposal Ring Box, Rose Gold Ring Box, Winter Wedding Decor, Terrarium
Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Glass Ring Bearer Box, Ring Display Box, Proposal Ring Box, Rose Gold Ring Box, Winter Wedding Decor, Terrarium
Waen
$60.00 USD
Stained Glass Christmas Lights, Copper Candle Holder Set, Christmas Candles, Rustic Fall Decor, Geometric Candles, Holiday Decor
Stained Glass Christmas Lights, Copper Candle Holder Set, Christmas Candles, Rustic Fall Decor, Geometric Candles, Holiday Decor
Waen
$75.00 USD
Stained Glass Holiday Centerpiece, Geometric Terrarium, Copper Christmas Decor, Glass Terrarium, Succulent Terrarium, Geometric Vase
Stained Glass Holiday Centerpiece, Geometric Terrarium, Copper Christmas Decor, Glass Terrarium, Succulent Terrarium, Geometric Vase
Waen
$70.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium Container, Succulent Terrarium, Moss Terrarium, Coffee Table Decor, Math Teacher Gift, Copper Planter
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium Container, Succulent Terrarium, Moss Terrarium, Coffee Table Decor, Math Teacher Gift, Copper Planter
Waen
$95.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium Container, Copper Terrarium, Geometric Terrarium, Holiday Centerpiece, Cactus Terrarium
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium Container, Copper Terrarium, Geometric Terrarium, Holiday Centerpiece, Cactus Terrarium
Waen
$80.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium, Minimalist Planter, Cubicle Decor, Succulent Terrarium, Small Indoor Planter
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium, Minimalist Planter, Cubicle Decor, Succulent Terrarium, Small Indoor Planter
Waen
$55.00 USD
Glass Geometric Terrarium Glass Terrarium Container Moss Terrarium Coffee Table Decor Math Teacher Gift
Glass Geometric Terrarium Glass Terrarium Container Moss Terrarium Coffee Table Decor Math Teacher Gift
Waen
$80.00 USD
Stained Glass Ring Box, Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Fall Wedding Decor, Ring Bearer Box, Rustic Ring Box, Moss Ring Box
Stained Glass Ring Box, Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Fall Wedding Decor, Ring Bearer Box, Rustic Ring Box, Moss Ring Box
Waen
$49.00 USD
Wedding Ring Box, Glass Ring Bearer Box, Proposal Ring Box, Geometric Ring Box for Wedding Ceremony, Stained Glass Box, Fall Wedding Decor
Wedding Ring Box, Glass Ring Bearer Box, Proposal Ring Box, Geometric Ring Box for Wedding Ceremony, Stained Glass Box, Fall Wedding Decor
Waen
$49.00 USD
Geometric Candle Holder, Stained Glass Wedding Decor, Wedding Table Number Holder, Bridesmaid Gift, Copper Wedding Favor, Wedding Ring Box
Geometric Candle Holder, Stained Glass Wedding Decor, Wedding Table Number Holder, Bridesmaid Gift, Copper Wedding Favor, Wedding Ring Box
Waen
$55.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Terrarium Ring Box, Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Modern Jewelry Box
Stained Glass Geometric Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Terrarium Ring Box, Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Modern Jewelry Box
Waen
$55.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium, Reptile Terrarium, Succulent Terrarium, Moss Terrarium, Math Teacher Gift
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium, Reptile Terrarium, Succulent Terrarium, Moss Terrarium, Math Teacher Gift
Waen
$90.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Glass Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Glass Jewelry Box, Rustic Ring Box
Stained Glass Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Glass Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Glass Jewelry Box, Rustic Ring Box
Waen
$49.00 USD
Rush My Order Upgrade, Expedited Production
Rush My Order Upgrade, Expedited Production
Waen
$28.00 USD
Glass Wedding Centerpiece for Sweetheart Table Decor, Modern & Geometric Terrarium Container for Indoor Gardening / Diamond
Glass Wedding Centerpiece for Sweetheart Table Decor, Modern & Geometric Terrarium Container for Indoor Gardening / Diamond
Waen
$85.00 USD
Proposal Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Stained Glass Box, Rustic Ring Box, Ring Bearer Proposal, Jewelry Box, Winter Wedding Decor
Proposal Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Stained Glass Box, Rustic Ring Box, Ring Bearer Proposal, Jewelry Box, Winter Wedding Decor
Waen
$45.00 USD
Fairy Garden House Decoration Noel Glass Holiday Centerpiece Festive Table Decor Christmas Decor Geometric Terrarium Modern Centerpiece
Fairy Garden House Decoration Noel Glass Holiday Centerpiece Festive Table Decor Christmas Decor Geometric Terrarium Modern Centerpiece
Waen
$180.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Ring Box, Terrarium Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Wedding Ceremony Box, Small Terrarium
Stained Glass Geometric Ring Box, Terrarium Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Wedding Ceremony Box, Small Terrarium
Waen
$55.00 USD
Stained Glass Box, Wedding Ring Box, Geometric Proposal Ring Box, Glass Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Rustic Ring Box, Fall Wedding Decor
Stained Glass Box, Wedding Ring Box, Geometric Proposal Ring Box, Glass Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Rustic Ring Box, Fall Wedding Decor
Waen
$49.00 USD
Large Geometric Glass Box, Wedding Money Box, Rustic Wedding Box, Wishing Well Box, Envelope Holder, Wedding Cards Box, Terrarium Card Box
Large Geometric Glass Box, Wedding Money Box, Rustic Wedding Box, Wishing Well Box, Envelope Holder, Wedding Cards Box, Terrarium Card Box
Waen
$150.00 USD
Stained Glass Ring Bearer Box, Proposal Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Fall Wedding Decor, Ceremony Ring Box, Rose Gold Ring Box, Boho Wedding
Stained Glass Ring Bearer Box, Proposal Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Fall Wedding Decor, Ceremony Ring Box, Rose Gold Ring Box, Boho Wedding
Waen
$49.00 USD
Stained Glass Wedding Ring Box, Glass Seashell Ring Box, Beach Wedding Decor, Mermaid Ring Holder, Ring Bearer Box, Proposal Ring Box
Stained Glass Wedding Ring Box, Glass Seashell Ring Box, Beach Wedding Decor, Mermaid Ring Holder, Ring Bearer Box, Proposal Ring Box
Waen
$75.00 USD
Proposal Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Unique Wedding Ring Box, Seashell Ring Box, Beach Wedding Decor, Glass Ring Box, Nautical Shell Box
Proposal Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Unique Wedding Ring Box, Seashell Ring Box, Beach Wedding Decor, Glass Ring Box, Nautical Shell Box
Waen
$75.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium, Copper Terrarium, Moss Terrarium, Match Teacher Gift, Coffee Table Decor
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium, Copper Terrarium, Moss Terrarium, Match Teacher Gift, Coffee Table Decor
Waen
$65.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium, Minimalist Planter, Succulent Terrarium, Match Teacher Gift, Coffee Table Decor
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium, Minimalist Planter, Succulent Terrarium, Match Teacher Gift, Coffee Table Decor
Waen
$65.00 USD
Large Glass Geometric Wedding Card Box Envelope Holder Wishing Well Box Rustic Wedding Box Glass Card Box Large Terrarium Wedding Money Box
Large Glass Geometric Wedding Card Box Envelope Holder Wishing Well Box Rustic Wedding Box Glass Card Box Large Terrarium Wedding Money Box
Waen
$150.00 USD
Stained Glass Ring Box, Geometric Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Winter Wedding Decor, Silver Ring Box, Holiday Proposal
Stained Glass Ring Box, Geometric Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Winter Wedding Decor, Silver Ring Box, Holiday Proposal
Waen
$60.00 USD
Geometric Candle Holder Set Copper Candle Holders Rustic Fall Decor Holiday Candles Coffee Table Decor Christmas Lights Thanksgiving Candles
Geometric Candle Holder Set Copper Candle Holders Rustic Fall Decor Holiday Candles Coffee Table Decor Christmas Lights Thanksgiving Candles
Waen
$85.00 USD
Proposal Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Glass Ring Box with Moss, Fall Wedding Decor, Small Jewelry Box, Black Ring Box, Copper Wedding Decor
Proposal Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Glass Ring Box with Moss, Fall Wedding Decor, Small Jewelry Box, Black Ring Box, Copper Wedding Decor
Waen
$45.00 USD
Wedding Card Box Wedding Money Box Rustic Wedding Box Large Glass Card Box Geometric Envelope Holder Wishing Well Box Large Terrarium
Wedding Card Box Wedding Money Box Rustic Wedding Box Large Glass Card Box Geometric Envelope Holder Wishing Well Box Large Terrarium
Waen
$150.00 USD
Stained Glass Terrarium, Geometric Terrarium, Fairy Garden House, Christmas Centerpiece, Fall Table Decor, Rustic Fall Table Decor
Stained Glass Terrarium, Geometric Terrarium, Fairy Garden House, Christmas Centerpiece, Fall Table Decor, Rustic Fall Table Decor
Waen
$90.00 USD
Glass Candle Holder Set Christmas Decor Geometric Candles Copper Candle Holder Holiday Lights Rustic Fall Decor Thanksgiving Decor
Glass Candle Holder Set Christmas Decor Geometric Candles Copper Candle Holder Holiday Lights Rustic Fall Decor Thanksgiving Decor
Waen
$85.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Ornaments Set of 5, First Home Ornament, Fairytale Gift, Christmas Ornament Set, Unique Ornaments
Stained Glass Geometric Ornaments Set of 5, First Home Ornament, Fairytale Gift, Christmas Ornament Set, Unique Ornaments
Waen
$17.00 USD
First Home Ornament, Stained Glass Geometric Ornaments, Copper Ornaments Set for Christmas, Unique Ornaments
First Home Ornament, Stained Glass Geometric Ornaments, Copper Ornaments Set for Christmas, Unique Ornaments
Waen
$17.00 USD
First Home Ornament Set, Stained Glass Geometric Ornaments Set of 5, Modern Ornament, Fairytale Gift, Unique Ornaments
First Home Ornament Set, Stained Glass Geometric Ornaments Set of 5, Modern Ornament, Fairytale Gift, Unique Ornaments
Waen
$17.00 USD
Glass Proposal Ring Box, Terrarium Ring Box, Stained Glass Geometric Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Small Terrarium
Glass Proposal Ring Box, Terrarium Ring Box, Stained Glass Geometric Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Small Terrarium
Waen
$55.00 USD
Stained Glass Terrarium, Geometric Terrarium, Fairy Garden House, Holiday Centerpiece, Christmas Terrarium, Thanksgiving Decor
Stained Glass Terrarium, Geometric Terrarium, Fairy Garden House, Holiday Centerpiece, Christmas Terrarium, Thanksgiving Decor
Waen
$90.00 USD
Geometric Terrarium, Large Card Box, Holiday Centerpiece, Copper Centerpiece, Terrarium Card Box, Large Glass Terrarium, Envelope Holder
Geometric Terrarium, Large Card Box, Holiday Centerpiece, Copper Centerpiece, Terrarium Card Box, Large Glass Terrarium, Envelope Holder
Waen
$150.00 USD
Large Industrial Hanging Pendant Light, Glass Geometric Lighting, Stained Glass Lantern, Rustic Wedding Lights, Copper Decor
Large Industrial Hanging Pendant Light, Glass Geometric Lighting, Stained Glass Lantern, Rustic Wedding Lights, Copper Decor
Waen
$100.00 USD
Glass Ring Box, Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box Engagement Ring Holder Glass Ring Bearer Box Rustic Ring Box Moss Ring Holder
Glass Ring Box, Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box Engagement Ring Holder Glass Ring Bearer Box Rustic Ring Box Moss Ring Holder
Waen
$60.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Copper Wedding Decor, Wedding Ceremony Box
Stained Glass Geometric Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Copper Wedding Decor, Wedding Ceremony Box
Waen
$49.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Ornaments Set of 5, First Home Ornament, Secret Santa Gift, Fairytale Gift, Gifts Under 25, Unique Ornaments
Stained Glass Geometric Ornaments Set of 5, First Home Ornament, Secret Santa Gift, Fairytale Gift, Gifts Under 25, Unique Ornaments
Waen
$17.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Candle Holder Set
Stained Glass Geometric Candle Holder Set
Waen
$75.00 USD
Geometric Copper Centerpiece, Fairy Garden House, Holiday Centerpiece, Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium, Winter Wonderland
Geometric Copper Centerpiece, Fairy Garden House, Holiday Centerpiece, Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium, Winter Wonderland
Waen
$80.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium Succulent Terrarium Geometric Vase Glass Card Box Glass Terrarium Copper Centerpiece Holiday Centerpiece
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium Succulent Terrarium Geometric Vase Glass Card Box Glass Terrarium Copper Centerpiece Holiday Centerpiece
Waen
$95.00 USD
Stained Glass Terrarium Geometric Terrarium Cactus Terrarium Minimalist Planter Succulent Terrarium Coffee Table Decor Modern Home Decor
Stained Glass Terrarium Geometric Terrarium Cactus Terrarium Minimalist Planter Succulent Terrarium Coffee Table Decor Modern Home Decor
Waen
$55.00 USD
Industrial Hanging Pendant, Aisle Decor, Rustic Wedding Light, Glass Geometric Lighting, Stained Glass, Hanging Lights, Copper Wedding Decor
Industrial Hanging Pendant, Aisle Decor, Rustic Wedding Light, Glass Geometric Lighting, Stained Glass, Hanging Lights, Copper Wedding Decor
Waen
$80.00 USD
Geometric Terrarium, Succulent Terrarium, Glass Terrarium, Moss Terrarium, Math Teacher Gift, Coffee Table Decor, Shelf Planter
Geometric Terrarium, Succulent Terrarium, Glass Terrarium, Moss Terrarium, Math Teacher Gift, Coffee Table Decor, Shelf Planter
Waen
$95.00 USD
Large Glass Geometric Terrarium, Copper Planter, Coffee Table Decor, Holiday Centerpiece, Reptile Terrarium, Math Teacher Gift
Large Glass Geometric Terrarium, Copper Planter, Coffee Table Decor, Holiday Centerpiece, Reptile Terrarium, Math Teacher Gift
Waen
$150.00 USD
Geometric Stained Glass Box for Jewelry, Small Card Box, Glass Keepsake Box, Jewelry Box, Wedding Photo Box, Envelope Holder, Glass Card Box
Geometric Stained Glass Box for Jewelry, Small Card Box, Glass Keepsake Box, Jewelry Box, Wedding Photo Box, Envelope Holder, Glass Card Box
Waen
$110.00 USD
Stained Glass Box, Glass Jewelry Box, Glass Display Box, Bridesmaids Gift Box, Geometric Jewelry Box, Modern Jewelry Box, Small Glass Box
Stained Glass Box, Glass Jewelry Box, Glass Display Box, Bridesmaids Gift Box, Geometric Jewelry Box, Modern Jewelry Box, Small Glass Box
Waen
$55.00 USD
Glass Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Rustic Ring Box, Fall Wedding Decor, Black Ring Box
Glass Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Rustic Ring Box, Fall Wedding Decor, Black Ring Box
Waen
$49.00 USD

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