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Handmade ceramic garden bell, medium, in your choice of surface pattern on beaded waxed linen cord. Porcelain wind chime, pinch pot.

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by Naomi

* Please note: this listing is for one bell. *

Inspired by the Japanese "furin," or wind-bells, which are traditionally hung under the eaves of the house during the hot summer months so that their ringing sound will provide a feeling of coolness, I hope these hanging bells will lend a touch of summer sun and lazy afternoon peacefulness to any indoor or outdoor space.

Hand-pinched and hand-carved, with a ring-shaped clapper and porcelain beads all handmade by me, this smallest version of my porcelain garden bell measures approximately 3 1/2 inches in diameter and 3 1/2 inches tall. It hangs on a 24-inch-long natural linen cord, waxed to hold up to the elements. These bells are available in three hand-carved surface patterns inspired by nature, as shown in the first picture. From left to right, they are:

* Calcite (named for the common mineral that forms a wide variety of crystalline structures)

* Lamella (named for the gills on a mushroom), and

* Seed Pod.

(If you'd like to see close-up photos of all the patterns, you can visit the listing for a smaller version of this bell, here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/247799522/handmade-ceramic-garden-bell-small-in?ref=shop_home_feat_4 )

The body of the bell is coated with a thin transparent glaze, allowing this clay's natural translucency and warm white color to come through, while the beads and clapper are left unglazed for a matte finish. All are fired to high temperature, which causes the clay to vitrify -- that is, turn to glass -- and gives the bell its resonant sound. Each piece has its own unique tone, depending on its size, shape, carved pattern and thinness or thickness. As a rule, the smaller bells tend toward a light, tinkling tone, while the larger ones are deeper and more resonant. The ring-shaped clapper resonates as well.

Despite its delicate appearance, porcelain is actually extremely durable, though I do recommend it be brought indoors in freezing temperatures.

About my process:
These bells are pinch pots, shaped by a process of gradual pinching and smoothing with fingers and palms rather than being thrown on the wheel. Pinch pots were the first clay vessels made, dating back at least to prehistoric times, and I find it a satisfyingly elemental process, not mediated by even the most basic level of technology. Each piece is then carved, pierced, and/or stamped to create textures inspired by sea creatures, rocks, pods, pinecones, and other forms and patterns of the natural world. I appreciate the soft imperfection and individuality it gives to each piece.
by Naomi

* Please note: this listing is for one bell. *

Inspired by the Japanese "furin," or wind-bells, which are traditionally hung under the eaves of the house during the hot summer months so that their ringing sound will provide a feeling of coolness, I hope these hanging bells will lend a touch of summer sun and lazy afternoon peacefulness to any indoor or outdoor space.

Hand-pinched and hand-carved, with a ring-shaped clapper and porcelain beads all handmade by me, this smallest version of my porcelain garden bell measures approximately 3 1/2 inches in diameter and 3 1/2 inches tall. It hangs on a 24-inch-long natural linen cord, waxed to hold up to the elements. These bells are available in three hand-carved surface patterns inspired by nature, as shown in the first picture. From left to right, they are:

* Calcite (named for the common mineral that forms a wide variety of crystalline structures)

* Lamella (named for the gills on a mushroom), and

* Seed Pod.

(If you'd like to see close-up photos of all the patterns, you can visit the listing for a smaller version of this bell, here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/247799522/handmade-ceramic-garden-bell-small-in?ref=shop_home_feat_4 )

The body of the bell is coated with a thin transparent glaze, allowing this clay's natural translucency and warm white color to come through, while the beads and clapper are left unglazed for a matte finish. All are fired to high temperature, which causes the clay to vitrify -- that is, turn to glass -- and gives the bell its resonant sound. Each piece has its own unique tone, depending on its size, shape, carved pattern and thinness or thickness. As a rule, the smaller bells tend toward a light, tinkling tone, while the larger ones are deeper and more resonant. The ring-shaped clapper resonates as well.

Despite its delicate appearance, porcelain is actually extremely durable, though I do recommend it be brought indoors in freezing temperatures.

About my process:
These bells are pinch pots, shaped by a process of gradual pinching and smoothing with fingers and palms rather than being thrown on the wheel. Pinch pots were the first clay vessels made, dating back at least to prehistoric times, and I find it a satisfyingly elemental process, not mediated by even the most basic level of technology. Each piece is then carved, pierced, and/or stamped to create textures inspired by sea creatures, rocks, pods, pinecones, and other forms and patterns of the natural world. I appreciate the soft imperfection and individuality it gives to each piece.

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Handmade ceramic garden bell, medium, in your choice of surface pattern on beaded waxed linen cord. Porcelain wind chime, pinch pot.

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