About our Snail

Hermit Woods Winery SnailWhen we decided to call ourselves Hermit Woods Winery, the first thing we told our designer was “No hermits on the Label!”  So Don, our designer began identifying graphics that represented the other creatures you might find in the woods.  This was when he came upon Susan Riecken’s snail.  We all instantly fell in love with it, not only was it graphically interesting, we all felt the snail was the perfect representation of the slow process that making wine is.

The Hermit Woods snail is the creation of rubber stamp artist Susan Riecken. The snail first appeared as an illustration in one of her annual engagement calendars (sample below), illustrated with plants, animals, and household objects. We first discovered Susan’s snail in the book “The Rubber Stamp Album” by Joni K. Miller & Lowry Thompson, published in 1978.

Susan’s illustrations have appeared in Gourmet, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and on posters, stationery, and picture books.  Long a presence at the intersection of the visual and culinary arts, Susan participated in the creation of Bon Appetit: Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Her current work involves creating custom teabags with personalized tags for birthdays and special events.  The following are just a few examples of some of the many other creative works created by Susan.

Examples of Susan’s Work:

Susan Riecken, Stamp Art

© Susan Riecken Illustration

Rubber Stamps By Susan

The page of rubber stamp designs where we discovered Susan’s snail. © Susan Riecken

1985 Calendar by Susan Riecken

1985 Calendar by © Susan Riecken

Book of Early American cookie cutters by Susan Riecken

Book of early American cookie cutters by © Susan Riecken


To contact Susan, send a message to: susan.riecken@gmail.com