Nine Ladies Dancing

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


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Glaze test. A less glossy surface will be used in production. For now, nine bells are ready for exhibition in March.

Samples from the kiln. All-natural rope.

Terra-cotta and porcelain casts are ready for the kiln.

A peek inside of the initial two-piece plaster mould.
The bell as the original model nears completion.
The general placement of the final three figures.
The ladies are: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The thread or banner that appeared seems to originate near one figure: she must be love. Three more figures to map out, then nine to refine…
After studying basic bell anatomy, a yogurt cup is used to begin the form.
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?”