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Handmade Portraits: Nanopod

Mar 15, 2011

by nanopod

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(Music by Andrei Gravelle)

Tosca Hidalgo y Teran’s artwork comes from a place which we rarely dare to explore. Some would see it is dark and frightening, while others would view it as essential and primary. The theme of death often resounds, as demonstrated in her one of her first pieces, which functioned as time capsule, coffin and vessel. She brings her visions to life through glass blowing, flameworking, fusing, and glass casting.



nanopod_blogpost4.jpgPutting aside her dreams and inner turbulences, Tosca draws inspiration from a diverse range of sources: the fantastic visions of 19th century naturalist Ernst Haeckel, 21st century transhumanists, ancient myths, science fiction and Buckminster Fuller. She also finds inspiration in the confines of philosophy and science, as well as the book  Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. Music and sound function as accompaniment, and she creates a soundscape upon the completion of each piece, collaborating with her companion Andrei Gravelle (who made the music featured in this film).

nanopod_blogpost01.jpgWhether classified as jewelry or sculpture, Tosca’s “thought forms” — as she refers to herwork — have deeply touched many. When I encountered Tosca’s artwork for the first time, I was baffled by its eloquence and yearned to explore the emotion within each piece. The only way to come close to that was to accompany Tosca in one of her deepest creative journeys.


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  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 8 years ago

    Im digging it!!! Super cool!!!!!

  • MareWareJewelry

    MareWareJewelry said 8 years ago

    Wow, very creative!

  • MilaKeln

    MilaKeln said 8 years ago

    Very cool and unusual portrait.

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 8 years ago

    Love the organic shapes and wicked style

  • MareWareJewelry

    MareWareJewelry said 8 years ago

    Love the belt buckle!

  • Metamorphosi

    Metamorphosi said 8 years ago

    When I work I am dreaming, visualizing memories or imaginary things. Sometime not sure to be awake, I am always present. So I relate very much to Tosca.This is one of the best films.She is a great artist.Thank you.

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 8 years ago

    Wow...amazing work! loved the video.

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 8 years ago

    Super creative, I love it.

  • jennibram

    jennibram said 8 years ago

    Pascal, thank you for bringing us this glimpse of Tosca, her work and inspirations. For some time, i have enjoyed nanopod's pieces and thought them to be honest, beautiful, intriguing and often moving. I have admired the diversity of the work: the varied organic and geometric expressions of themes that resonate with me. Tosca's dedication to her work is obvious - fierce, tender and courageous. I haven't been able to watch the video yet, but to be able to enjoy this lovely still vignette of Tosca and her work is a pleasure and a privilege. Can't wait to watch the video.

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 8 years ago


  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 8 years ago

    incredible process!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago


  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 8 years ago

    Pazcal has done it again. Such a film masterpiece. Love Nanopod's work, and thanks for sharing your process. xo

  • elinart

    elinart said 8 years ago

    Wonderful work! :)

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 8 years ago

    great job. congrats

  • Fienssewing

    Fienssewing said 8 years ago

    Weird and wonderful, really artistic! Great little movie.

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 8 years ago

    Wow, the heart is impressive

  • minouette

    minouette said 8 years ago

    Really wonderful short film! The Toronto Etsy Street Team is also featuring an interview with Tosca today:

  • WellCriated

    WellCriated said 8 years ago

    I AM SOOOO HAPPY to see Nanopod featured!!! This has been one of my favorite Etsy shops FOREVER! Amazing, amazing work. And congrats. You deserve some Etsy love!

  • hypericumfragile

    hypericumfragile said 8 years ago

    Great items! Real works of art!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    What amazing and incredible work!

  • KwestStudio8

    KwestStudio8 said 8 years ago

    Totally awesome portrait of an innovative mind and creative imagination. Nanopod definitely reaches in and touches a receptive area within, in sync with the natural world around.

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 8 years ago

    your work is as inspiring as it is beautiful

  • funkyhomosapiens

    funkyhomosapiens said 8 years ago

    Oh wow, she's cool! And her quality is superb! Well interesting character, and line of work! - thank you very much for making such an interesting piece on her! x x x

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 8 years ago

    Having the courage to be your own unique person is the joy of life...

  • Handamade

    Handamade said 8 years ago

    It's amazing! I love your reality, it's like more than a dream movie. Pretty amazing.....

  • Handamade

    Handamade said 8 years ago

    It's amazing! I love your reality, it's like more than a dream movie. Pretty amazing.....

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 8 years ago

    i love her work! great showcase. beautiful.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    wow amazing work! An amazing art : )

  • Stravaigrant

    Stravaigrant said 8 years ago

    A brilliant portrait. Really beautifully shot and the music created by Andrei is amazing. I was completely drawn in and immersed in Tosca's story and creations! It really resonated, thank-you.

  • bentbottle

    bentbottle said 8 years ago

    Stunning film and glimpse into Tosca's world. I very much admire and respect her work. My own artistic problems to solve seem validated by watching her process. Great film!

  • sadiesez

    sadiesez said 8 years ago

    Have been a huge fan for some time!!! Fabulous portrait-- fabulous art :)

  • ArtigianoJewelBox

    ArtigianoJewelBox said 8 years ago

    Beautifully done... congratulations!

  • RoseyFinch

    RoseyFinch said 8 years ago

    Wow! Very cool.

  • RosellaResin

    RosellaResin said 8 years ago

    This is an amazing video, thank you! I love to see the artistic side of Etsy. Tosca, I used to live right by your studio when I lived on Grace St. in Toronto. I wish I had taken a class when I still lived there!

  • hornick

    hornick said 8 years ago

    Great showcase! I admire your work. Congrats to you. You are one of etsy's finest.

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 8 years ago


  • Venbead

    Venbead said 8 years ago

    LOVE her work. this glass artist admires the raw and yet so finished quality of her glass and metal fusion. man she can make them dance. wonderful film

  • frogfruit

    frogfruit said 8 years ago

    fascinating images in the video and the work is dreamy

  • bitchcraft

    bitchcraft said 8 years ago

    We LOVE Tosca's work. We have couple of her pieces we bought at various shows here in Toronto, always a pleasure to see what she is up to. :)

  • trinityrocks

    trinityrocks said 8 years ago


  • extase

    extase said 8 years ago

    i've seen your work around toronto in the flesh - i'm always impressed by the quality and originality of it! lovely portrait, congrats!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    All I can say is WOW! I love it and it just about blew me away.

  • rogerbeanfineart

    rogerbeanfineart said 8 years ago


  • RosellaResin

    RosellaResin said 8 years ago

    RosellaResin chiming in again (different sister this time, though) I spy the Ontario Science Centre!!! <3

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing.

  • ddfoto

    ddfoto said 8 years ago

    Wow...great artistry and production of the film as well!!

  • Bunderful

    Bunderful said 8 years ago

    excellent, thanks for posting this

  • UnaOdd

    UnaOdd said 8 years ago

    Excellent piece - artfully done. Awesome awesome artist, so so much a fan of Tosca's work!

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot said 8 years ago

    Reasons for the why, increasingly they fly. Goodbye. Hello to this ancient thought, Tosca places her art. Thank you for this brilliant window.

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 8 years ago

    Nice work!

  • natalyboutique
  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 8 years ago

    I love being in that "place" I have to work at not getting distracted. Thank you for your feature. Aloha!

  • heidiburton

    heidiburton said 8 years ago

    Nanopod was one of the first shops I ever did see (years ago) on Etsy, & bought a gorgeous antler necklace. A beautiful film, really inspiring to have a glimpse into Tosca's thought processes, dreams, and work. I'm a huge fan of Ernst Haeckel too :)

  • fashionL

    fashionL said 8 years ago

    Very cool

  • auntjanecan

    auntjanecan said 8 years ago

    WOW!!! Awesome!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 8 years ago

    Tosca - your work is stunning. Pascal - another fine video. Keep 'em coming

  • TheOldRedHen

    TheOldRedHen said 8 years ago

    The video was outstanding. The artist and her work...spellbinding.

  • steelzebra

    steelzebra said 8 years ago

    yay tosca! its awesome... hope you are doing so good. your stuff is beautiful.

  • norsola

    norsola said 8 years ago

    Brilliant Tosca! bravo! a perfect representation of the magic which is you... Pascal did great work.. and Andrei's music is awesome.

  • Yvonne4eyes

    Yvonne4eyes said 8 years ago

    LOVE THIS!!!!

  • sunnyrisingmetal

    sunnyrisingmetal said 8 years ago

    THis was phenomenal: what a joy to watch, what an incredible woman!!

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 8 years ago

    Incredible! I love the transition from urban snow to ethereal jungle land, wow! I really enjoyed the portrait of this amazing artist.

  • AllThingsPretty

    AllThingsPretty said 8 years ago

    Wow. What a World. What a Woman. What interesting Works. Wonderful.

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 8 years ago

    Very interesting!

  • filofashion

    filofashion said 8 years ago

    Great ! Congrats :)

  • SantaMia

    SantaMia said 8 years ago

    Love it!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 8 years ago

    Very unique! Congrats on being featured on Etsy!

  • jessitaylor

    jessitaylor said 8 years ago

    fantastic video, tosca! what a unique insight into your work, your life, your voice....

  • howlindoggie

    howlindoggie said 8 years ago

    Tosca, you are truly an amazing artist...congrats! Pascal,that was a wonderful film & Andrei, the music pulled me right into the screen... i'm reinvigorated... back to my studio to explore new work in between the orders..

  • ItalicAmpersand

    ItalicAmpersand said 8 years ago

    WOW that was amazing!!!!!

  • littlefever

    littlefever said 8 years ago

    Really amazing and quite inspiring!

  • gemboxjewelry

    gemboxjewelry said 8 years ago

    Absolutely awsome shop!!!

  • borobomb

    borobomb said 8 years ago

    Hands down, my favorite artist profile vid! Takes alot of alone time to reach inward that far...

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    Amazing ! Yes life with dreams :)

  • iacua

    iacua said 8 years ago

    Such a great article! She is one of my favorite etsy artists!

  • handmaderomance

    handmaderomance said 8 years ago

    wonderful video and insight into another etsy sellers world! i especially love the closing words. 'we all have different worlds that we live in.' 'this is my reality.' congratulations on the feature and thanks for sharing some of your world with us x

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 8 years ago

    I think I'm in love.

  • onstail

    onstail said 8 years ago

    Wonderful film, Wonderful artist!

  • Balanced

    Balanced said 8 years ago

    wow! that's all I can muster. Just, wow! amazing.

  • knitty34

    knitty34 said 8 years ago

    I am so glad to see Tosca featured! I took a short silversmithing class from her years ago and she has been a favourite ever since. She is wonderfully creative!

  • princessdoodlebeans

    princessdoodlebeans said 8 years ago

    Incredible portrait! What talent and story

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 8 years ago

    I can relate 100% to what you are saying in this beautiful film. I bow my head to your talent and creativity. Congratulations on the feature!!!

  • Rudolfkurz

    Rudolfkurz said 8 years ago

    Bravo, Tosca!

  • hingedjewelry

    hingedjewelry said 8 years ago

    Wow. Just wow wow wow.

  • editionbw

    editionbw said 8 years ago

    Fantastic work... I thought I recognized Toronto!

  • pollyfoofoo

    pollyfoofoo said 8 years ago

    beautifully filmed. i love the texture. awesome portrait.

  • breedingfancy

    breedingfancy said 8 years ago

    Wow. This artwork is so unique. They are great conversation pieces.

  • discomedusa

    discomedusa said 8 years ago

    a most fantastic meeting of the minds! <3 you!

  • discomedusa

    discomedusa said 8 years ago

    a most fantastic meeting of the minds! <3 you!

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 8 years ago

    this has been quite an amazing etsy portraits - beyond interesting!

  • charmednecklaces

    charmednecklaces said 8 years ago

    Whoa! This stuff is too freaking cool ♥♥♥

  • SomewhatHip

    SomewhatHip said 8 years ago

    Tosca, this video is amazing! I love how it is so dreamlike and dark and softly narrated. Gorgeous and so intriguing. Torontonians, you have to seek out her studio - it is amazing what she can teach you in just 24 hours!

  • tammyann343

    tammyann343 said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your deep self. Love it!!

  • FiorellaJewelry

    FiorellaJewelry said 8 years ago

    so cool, thank you

  • NymphsNecessitys

    NymphsNecessitys said 8 years ago

    Fabulously Fascinating...Thanks For Sharing Your World!

  • retroreclaim

    retroreclaim said 8 years ago

    YEAH!!! it's so great to see your amazing art as a handmade feature on etsy, and Pasqual made such a super creative video for you! I just finished up some classes with Tosca, and have learned that there is a lot that goes into making pieces from metal and glass, Tosca's work is inspiring and absolutley stunning! Toronto folks check out her studio for sure!

  • oatkacreekstudio

    oatkacreekstudio said 8 years ago

    Facinating subject and gorgeous work. The film is so wonderful, too. It should be in a festival like Sundance, etc.

  • ballandchain

    ballandchain said 8 years ago

    Amazing work, as usual! :)

  • TheVintageApartment

    TheVintageApartment said 8 years ago

    What a dreamydark video - stunning visuals! Thanks for this feature, as I did not know about Tosca. Great education. :)

  • frenchfeelings

    frenchfeelings said 8 years ago

    Amazing ! love it !

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 8 years ago

    this is a 'keep it weird' and a 'handmade portrait' in one. i love showing my kids these videos and talking to them about artists, inspiration, tools, media, etc. they are fascinated, as am i. i absolutely love the film work and music and everything that makes these videos captivating.

  • attiladesign

    attiladesign said 8 years ago

    Tosca... oh, Tosca... I am honored to own one of her amazing pieces; the discoMedusa ... it made me sing, cry and smile all at the same time.. Love. She is truly out of this world and the most amazing in every way!!!

  • marlyscreations

    marlyscreations said 8 years ago

    I love your world .... fantastic portrait. You are a true artist!

  • Artbeadies

    Artbeadies said 8 years ago

    Great to see other glass artists at work. Fabulous work, really fascinating! Love it.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 8 years ago

    They look so well made. The concepts are beautiful too

  • Inbarbareket

    Inbarbareket said 8 years ago

    Great movie ! I love Tosca work !

  • ClareStoker

    ClareStoker said 8 years ago

    Stunning video! A wonderful portrait of a fantasically talented woman. Loved the music as well.

  • SaraBJewelry

    SaraBJewelry said 8 years ago

    complete and utter inspiration. i am in awe! thank you so much for this beautiful glimpse into Tosca's work, thoughts and process.

  • malditoarte

    malditoarte said 8 years ago

    Amazing video and amazing artist!... once again congratulations!!!... and I feel honored to have you as a friend :) love the video, love the music, love your work!

  • janeeroberti

    janeeroberti said 8 years ago

    Nanopod was one of the first shops I "Favorited" when I discovered Etsy. This video is a treasure--congratulations Tosca, and thank you all who created it.

  • BeatUpCreations

    BeatUpCreations said 8 years ago

    wow, awesome!

  • lizroca

    lizroca said 8 years ago

    Beautiful video. Love Nanopod's work.

  • gossamer531

    gossamer531 said 8 years ago

    This is a gorgeous portrait of this artist. Her work is just incredible and the video documenting it is a work of art in itself. Thank you for the reminder not to be afraid to explore your darker self.

  • caralunastudio

    caralunastudio said 8 years ago

    Really love her approach to creativity and inspiration. And the way the video was shot and edited just conveys her spirit so beautifully. Inspiring all around!

  • regretsmyl

    regretsmyl said 8 years ago

    i want to see a cinema movie with these designs :) Tim Burton will jelous...;)

  • Joystreet

    Joystreet said 8 years ago


  • burningcorazon

    burningcorazon said 8 years ago

    Just makes me squeal. Unreal how great your art is! Congrats!!

  • Beeskers

    Beeskers said 8 years ago

    Crazy wonderful !!

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo said 8 years ago

    An amazing video production and mind blowing creativity...I enjoyed these few moments of escape very, very much!!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Steampunkitis

    Steampunkitis said 8 years ago


  • eclipse

    eclipse said 8 years ago

    Nanopod is one of my oldest favorites from when I joined Etsy. Thank you for this haunting portrait of her and her work. Definitely one of the true artists on Etsy.

  • KnitKnit

    KnitKnit said 8 years ago

    Wow, absolutely amazing video and work. Well done, and thanks for sharing your world, Nanopod!

  • NudeSquid

    NudeSquid said 8 years ago

    She is so admirable i really love her frame of mind. I want her collar so bad it is fantastic!

  • PupaMoustacheDesign

    PupaMoustacheDesign said 8 years ago

    Highly conceptual work!

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