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Mar 20, 2015

by Murat Ozsaltik

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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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Stained Glass Geometric Storage Box, Wedding Keepsake
Stained Glass Geometric Storage Box, Wedding Keepsake
Waen
$110.00 USD
Large Geometric Glass Wedding Card Box | Conservatory Envelope Holder
Large Geometric Glass Wedding Card Box | Conservatory Envelope Holder
Waen
$175.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Candle Holder, Wedding Gift
Stained Glass Geometric Candle Holder, Wedding Gift
Waen
$60.00 USD
Stained Glass Copper Candle Holder Set, Wedding Table Lights
Stained Glass Copper Candle Holder Set, Wedding Table Lights
Waen
$75.00 USD
Geometric Glass Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Engagement Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Copper Ring Box, Winter Wedding Decor
Geometric Glass Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Engagement Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Copper Ring Box, Winter Wedding Decor
Waen
$65.00 USD
Large Glass Geometric Terrarium Container, Stained Glass Decor, Modern Succulent Planter, Teacher Gift, Fall Home Decor, Coffee Table Decor
Large Glass Geometric Terrarium Container, Stained Glass Decor, Modern Succulent Planter, Teacher Gift, Fall Home Decor, Coffee Table Decor
Waen
$155.00 USD
Geometric Glass Wedding Ring Bearer Box, Diamond Ring Box, Copper Wedding Decor, Proposal Ring Box, Engagement Ring Box, Mini Terrarium
Geometric Glass Wedding Ring Bearer Box, Diamond Ring Box, Copper Wedding Decor, Proposal Ring Box, Engagement Ring Box, Mini Terrarium
Waen
$60.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Table Centerpiece, Modern Home Decor, Geometric Terrarium, Cactus Planter, Wedding Decor
Stained Glass Geometric Table Centerpiece, Modern Home Decor, Geometric Terrarium, Cactus Planter, Wedding Decor
Waen
$90.00 USD
Glass Terrarium | Holiday Decor | Modern Planter | Geometric Wedding Centerpiece | Succulent Terrarium | Wedding Gift | Cactus Terrarium
Glass Terrarium | Holiday Decor | Modern Planter | Geometric Wedding Centerpiece | Succulent Terrarium | Wedding Gift | Cactus Terrarium
Waen
$100.00 USD
Mini Glass Geometric Desk Planter for Succulent & Cactus | Minimalist Copper Home Decor
Mini Glass Geometric Desk Planter for Succulent & Cactus | Minimalist Copper Home Decor
Waen
$45.00 USD
Geometric Glass Terrarium Container, Modern Planter, Coffee Table Decor, Math Teacher Gift
Geometric Glass Terrarium Container, Modern Planter, Coffee Table Decor, Math Teacher Gift
Waen
$100.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Wedding & Engagement Ring Box with Moss | Boho Wedding Decor
Stained Glass Geometric Wedding & Engagement Ring Box with Moss | Boho Wedding Decor
Waen
$49.00 USD
Stained Glass Daisy Ring Dish, Wedding Ring Dish, Ring Bearer Pillow, Jewelry Dish, Summer Wedding Decor, Floral Ring Dish, Garden Wedding
Stained Glass Daisy Ring Dish, Wedding Ring Dish, Ring Bearer Pillow, Jewelry Dish, Summer Wedding Decor, Floral Ring Dish, Garden Wedding
Waen
$85.00 USD
Proposal Ring Box, Seashell Ring Holder, Ring Bearer Box, Unique Wedding Ring Box, Seashell Ring Box, Beach Wedding Decor, Glass Ring Box
Proposal Ring Box, Seashell Ring Holder, Ring Bearer Box, Unique Wedding Ring Box, Seashell Ring Box, Beach Wedding Decor, Glass Ring Box
Waen
$85.00 USD
Succulent Ring Holder, Wedding Ring Dish, Garden Wedding Decor, Bridesmaid Gift, Bridal Shower Gift, Floral Ring Dish, Engagement Ring Dish
Succulent Ring Holder, Wedding Ring Dish, Garden Wedding Decor, Bridesmaid Gift, Bridal Shower Gift, Floral Ring Dish, Engagement Ring Dish
Waen
$85.00 USD
Stained Glass Succulent Jewelry Storage & Wedding Ring Holder Dish
Stained Glass Succulent Jewelry Storage & Wedding Ring Holder Dish
Waen
$85.00 USD
Clear Glass Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Hexagon, Summer Wedding Decor, Ring Bearer Box, Boho Wedding Decor, Copper Ring Holder, Proposal Box
Clear Glass Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Hexagon, Summer Wedding Decor, Ring Bearer Box, Boho Wedding Decor, Copper Ring Holder, Proposal Box
Waen
$49.00 USD
Wedding Ring Dish, Gift for the Couple, Bridal Shower Gift, Engagement Ring Dish, Garden Wedding Decor, Succulent Ring Dish, Wedding Gift
Wedding Ring Dish, Gift for the Couple, Bridal Shower Gift, Engagement Ring Dish, Garden Wedding Decor, Succulent Ring Dish, Wedding Gift
Waen
$85.00 USD
Glass Succulent Wedding Ring Holder, Wedding Ring Dish, Proposal Ring Dish, Summer Wedding Decor, Garden Wedding
Glass Succulent Wedding Ring Holder, Wedding Ring Dish, Proposal Ring Dish, Summer Wedding Decor, Garden Wedding
Waen
$85.00 USD
Stained Glass Succulent Candle Holder & Jewelry Dish, Christmas Decoration
Stained Glass Succulent Candle Holder & Jewelry Dish, Christmas Decoration
Waen
$85.00 USD
Rush My Order Upgrade | Expedited Production
Rush My Order Upgrade | Expedited Production
Waen
$28.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Wedding Ring Bearer Box, Proposal Ring Box
Stained Glass Geometric Wedding Ring Bearer Box, Proposal Ring Box
Waen
$49.00 USD
Stained Glass Daisy Ring Dish, Floral Ring Holder, Wedding Ring Dish, Garden Wedding Decor, Ring Bearer Pillow
Stained Glass Daisy Ring Dish, Floral Ring Holder, Wedding Ring Dish, Garden Wedding Decor, Ring Bearer Pillow
Waen
$85.00 USD
Mint Succulent Ring Dish, Bridesmaid Gift, Wedding Decor, Ring Bearer Box, Engagement Ring Dish, Wedding Photo Prop, Nature Inspired Gift
Mint Succulent Ring Dish, Bridesmaid Gift, Wedding Decor, Ring Bearer Box, Engagement Ring Dish, Wedding Photo Prop, Nature Inspired Gift
Waen
$85.00 USD
Lavender Wedding Ring Dish, Stained Glass Decor, Floral Jewelry Dish, Ring Bearer Pillow, Engagement Ring Dish, Boho Wedding Decor
Lavender Wedding Ring Dish, Stained Glass Decor, Floral Jewelry Dish, Ring Bearer Pillow, Engagement Ring Dish, Boho Wedding Decor
Waen
$85.00 USD
Stained Glass Succulent Candle Holder & Ring Dish
Stained Glass Succulent Candle Holder & Ring Dish
Waen
$85.00 USD
Geometric Glass Wedding Ring Holder | Proposal Ring Box | Wedding Ring Box | Engagement Ring Box | Rustic Ring Box | Wedding Ceremony Decor
Geometric Glass Wedding Ring Holder | Proposal Ring Box | Wedding Ring Box | Engagement Ring Box | Rustic Ring Box | Wedding Ceremony Decor
Waen
$65.00 USD
Pink Glass Flower Engagement Ring Holder, Wedding Ring Dish, Summer Wedding Decor, Boho Wedding Decor, Bridesmaids Gifts, Floral Ring Dish
Pink Glass Flower Engagement Ring Holder, Wedding Ring Dish, Summer Wedding Decor, Boho Wedding Decor, Bridesmaids Gifts, Floral Ring Dish
Waen
$85.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Wedding Card Box, Conservatory Envelope Holder
Stained Glass Geometric Wedding Card Box, Conservatory Envelope Holder
Waen
$175.00 USD
Custom Ring Holder, Personalized Glass Ring Dish, Custom Initials Wedding Ring Dish, Customized Wedding Decor, Engagement Ring Dish
Custom Ring Holder, Personalized Glass Ring Dish, Custom Initials Wedding Ring Dish, Customized Wedding Decor, Engagement Ring Dish
Waen
$30.00 USD
Stained Glass Succulent Jewelry Dish
Stained Glass Succulent Jewelry Dish
Waen
$85.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Candle Holder, Wedding Table Decor, Copper Home Decor
Stained Glass Geometric Candle Holder, Wedding Table Decor, Copper Home Decor
Waen
$60.00 USD
Stained Glass Succulent Engagement Ring Dish | Wedding Ring Holder
Stained Glass Succulent Engagement Ring Dish | Wedding Ring Holder
Waen
$85.00 USD
Stained Glass Jewelry Dish, Wedding Ring Holder, Gift for Bride
Stained Glass Jewelry Dish, Wedding Ring Holder, Gift for Bride
Waen
$85.00 USD
Succulent Wedding Ring Dish, Garden Wedding, Ring Bearer Box, Bachelorette Gift, Floral Wedding Decor, Wedding Ring Holder, Glass Ring Dish
Succulent Wedding Ring Dish, Garden Wedding, Ring Bearer Box, Bachelorette Gift, Floral Wedding Decor, Wedding Ring Holder, Glass Ring Dish
Waen
$85.00 USD
Stained Glass Succulent Floral Wedding Ring Bearer Pillow, Engagement Ring Dish Holder, Pink Wedding Decor, Jewelry Storage
Stained Glass Succulent Floral Wedding Ring Bearer Pillow, Engagement Ring Dish Holder, Pink Wedding Decor, Jewelry Storage
Waen
$85.00 USD
Wedding Ring Dish | Glass Succulent Wedding Ring Holder | Engagement Ring Dish | Jewelry Dish Holder | Spring & Summer Wedding Decor
Wedding Ring Dish | Glass Succulent Wedding Ring Holder | Engagement Ring Dish | Jewelry Dish Holder | Spring & Summer Wedding Decor
Waen
$85.00 USD
Glass Succulent Wedding Ring Dish, Flower Ring Holder, Wedding Ring Holder, Glass Jewelry Dish, Engagement Ring Dish, Rustic Ring Holder
Glass Succulent Wedding Ring Dish, Flower Ring Holder, Wedding Ring Holder, Glass Jewelry Dish, Engagement Ring Dish, Rustic Ring Holder
Waen
$85.00 USD
Succulent Wedding Favors, Glass Jewelry Dish, Wedding Gift, Bridesmaid Gift, Wedding Ring Dish, Bachelorette Gift, Engagement Ring Holder
Succulent Wedding Favors, Glass Jewelry Dish, Wedding Gift, Bridesmaid Gift, Wedding Ring Dish, Bachelorette Gift, Engagement Ring Holder
Waen
$85.00 USD
Glass House, Wedding Card Box, Geometric Terrarium Container, Wedding Decor, Copper Home Decor, Small Card Box, Envelope Holder
Glass House, Wedding Card Box, Geometric Terrarium Container, Wedding Decor, Copper Home Decor, Small Card Box, Envelope Holder
Waen
$80.00 USD
Succulent Ring Dish, Bridesmaids Gift, Wedding Ring Dish, Glass Ring Dish, Wedding Decor, Bachelorette Gift for Bride, Bridesmaid Proposal
Succulent Ring Dish, Bridesmaids Gift, Wedding Ring Dish, Glass Ring Dish, Wedding Decor, Bachelorette Gift for Bride, Bridesmaid Proposal
Waen
$85.00 USD
Stained Glass Floral Jewelry Dish, Wedding Ring Dish, Engagement Ring Holder, Bridal Shower Gift
Stained Glass Floral Jewelry Dish, Wedding Ring Dish, Engagement Ring Holder, Bridal Shower Gift
Waen
$85.00 USD
Stained Glass Succulent Wedding Ring Holder Dish & Ring Bearer Pillow Alternative | Spring Wedding Decor | Bridesmaid Gift
Stained Glass Succulent Wedding Ring Holder Dish & Ring Bearer Pillow Alternative | Spring Wedding Decor | Bridesmaid Gift
Waen
$85.00 USD
Purple Succulent Wedding Ring Dish, Summer Wedding Decor, Glass Ring Bowl, Engagement Ring Dish, Boho Wedding Decor, Wedding Ring Holder
Purple Succulent Wedding Ring Dish, Summer Wedding Decor, Glass Ring Bowl, Engagement Ring Dish, Boho Wedding Decor, Wedding Ring Holder
Waen
$85.00 USD
Stained Glass Flower Wedding Ring Dish, Wedding Decor
Stained Glass Flower Wedding Ring Dish, Wedding Decor
Waen
$85.00 USD
Pink Stained Glass Succulent Wedding Ring Dish
Pink Stained Glass Succulent Wedding Ring Dish
Waen
$85.00 USD
Proposal Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Terrarium Ring Box, Geometric Glass Ring Box, Ring Box with Moss, Engagement Ring Box, Diamond Ring Box
Proposal Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Terrarium Ring Box, Geometric Glass Ring Box, Ring Box with Moss, Engagement Ring Box, Diamond Ring Box
Waen
$60.00 USD
Stained Glass Flower Jewelry Dish, Pink Ring Dish, Engagement Ring Dish, Wedding Ring Holder
Stained Glass Flower Jewelry Dish, Pink Ring Dish, Engagement Ring Dish, Wedding Ring Holder
Waen
$85.00 USD
Clear Wedding Card Box | Large Geometric Glass Wedding Card Holder | Wishing Well Box | Copper Card Box
Clear Wedding Card Box | Large Geometric Glass Wedding Card Holder | Wishing Well Box | Copper Card Box
Waen
$175.00 USD
Stained Glass Succulent Ring Dish, Beach & Summer Wedding Decor
Stained Glass Succulent Ring Dish, Beach & Summer Wedding Decor
Waen
$85.00 USD
Large Stained Glass Geometric Glass Wedding Card Box
Large Stained Glass Geometric Glass Wedding Card Box
Waen
$175.00 USD
Glass Geometric Tealight Candle Holder | Set of 2
Glass Geometric Tealight Candle Holder | Set of 2
Waen
$85.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium Container / Centerpiece
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium Container / Centerpiece
Waen
$110.00 USD
Wedding Ring Dish, Stained Glass Decor, Jewelry Dish Holder, Wedding Decor, Newly Engaged Gift, Bride Gift
Wedding Ring Dish, Stained Glass Decor, Jewelry Dish Holder, Wedding Decor, Newly Engaged Gift, Bride Gift
Waen
$85.00 USD
Stained Glass Daisy Jewelry Dish
Stained Glass Daisy Jewelry Dish
Waen
$85.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium Container, Succulent Terrarium, Moss Terrarium, Coffee Table Decor, Copper Planter
Stained Glass Geometric Terrarium Container, Succulent Terrarium, Moss Terrarium, Coffee Table Decor, Copper Planter
Waen
$115.00 USD
Stained Glass Jewelry Dish, Gothic Wedding Decor, Engagement Ring Dish
Stained Glass Jewelry Dish, Gothic Wedding Decor, Engagement Ring Dish
Waen
$85.00 USD
Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Modern Wedding Decor, Engagement Ring Box, Ring Holder, Glass Ring Bearer Box, Proposal Ring Box, Summer Wedding
Geometric Wedding Ring Box, Modern Wedding Decor, Engagement Ring Box, Ring Holder, Glass Ring Bearer Box, Proposal Ring Box, Summer Wedding
Waen
$65.00 USD
Stained Glass Geometric Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Engagement Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Copper Ring Box, Winter Wedding
Stained Glass Geometric Ring Box, Proposal Ring Box, Engagement Ring Box, Wedding Ring Box, Ring Bearer Box, Copper Ring Box, Winter Wedding
Waen
$65.00 USD
Large Glass Terrarium, Geometric Terrarium, Modern Table Centerpiece, Geometric Planter, Succulent Terrarium, Moss Terrarium, Gardening Gift
Large Glass Terrarium, Geometric Terrarium, Modern Table Centerpiece, Geometric Planter, Succulent Terrarium, Moss Terrarium, Gardening Gift
Waen
$145.00 USD

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