Porcelain Garden Bell
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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, this hanging bell will lend a touch of summer sun and lazy afternoon peacefulness to any indoor or outdoor space. 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 bell tends toward a light, tinkling tone and the ring-shaped clapper resonates as well. This bell is available in the Seed Pod hand-carved surface pattern inspired by nature, as shown in the picture.

3.5” diameter by 3.5” tall
Garden bell hangs on a 24” long natural linen cord, waxed to hold up to the elements.
Porcelain clay, transparent glaze, waxed linen cord

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. It’s 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. You will appreciate the soft imperfection and individuality it gives to each piece. Despite its delicate appearance, porcelain is actually extremely durable, though it’s recommend to bring the bell indoors in freezing temperatures.

Porcelain clay, transparent glaze, waxed linen cord

Meet the Maker ~ Herron Avenue Studios
Herron Avenue Studios is a joint venture between Todd Johnson and Naomi Johnson, a married couple of who live in a little green cottage in Asheville, North Carolina, and spend their days making things. Todd throws his pots on the wheel using stoneware clay. Naomi works with porcelain clay and uses handbuilding techniques such as pinching, coiling, and slab building.

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