Nine Ladies Dancing

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

We anticipate production of the Nine Ladies Dancing ornament in 2020, with or without the availability of the prior annual ornaments. Thank you for your understanding.


After studying basic bell anatomy, a yogurt cup is used to begin the form. The sound of the piece won’t be known until after it is fired in clay, an event that will likely occur following the creation of more than one mould and then slip-casting. The ladies are: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

To Greek vases, to the Shakers, to the childhood zither with its broken strings (which, when touched, seemed to echo through another’s soul): nothing. Approximately nine minutes into clay brainstorming (pictured), a musician walked by and said, “What about a bell?”