Deborah Castellano is an avid promoter and purveyor of historic handicrafts, and has dedicated her career to bringing these lost arts out of the museums and back into practice. An average day in her workshop– nicknamed the Spare Oom– will have her tending a wide variety of anachronistic arts: from kettle dying wool, to working her spinning wheel in her bare feet, to swirling her pestle in her mortar while she hand presses her perfume oils.
Every item offered by The Mermaid and The Crow is handcrafted in this old-world style setting from 100% local, sustainable sources. Deborah Castellano is actively engaged in the broader handicraft community, and is passionate about using her work to promote the gifts of other artisans. Her vision includes not only running The Mermaid and The Crow as a business, but coaching aspiring crafters in these lost arts, as well as creating each and every one of her items herself, by hand, without modern machinery. Every fragrance formulation is unique; beeswax candles are poured by hand into their molds; Dream Ambassadors are brought to life through needle felting; tiny terrarium accents are carefully assembled; and felted soaps are wet-scrubbed on a washboard beneath the loving hand of the artist herself.
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Founded in 2012 by Deborah Castellano, The Glamoury Apothecary is a full service occult shop specializing in bringing glamour back to ritual practice. Ms. Castellano has drawn on her decades long experience in Witchcraft as well as her extensive artisan background. We offer handmade candles, handspun cords, honey pots, spirit bottles, ritual scrubs, loose incense, hand pressed specialty oils, limited edition ritual oils, hand made dolls and custom work.