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. A portion of the proceeds from the last ornament will continue to benefit Annunciation House in El Paso, TX, while a portion of the sale of each Nine Ladies Dancing ornament will benefit Rotary International’s Disaster Response Fund.


The general placement of the final three figures (above).

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. 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.
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?”