Ceramic Bells Inspired by Japanese Shrines by

Issue 6 · The French Connection · February 10, 2012

Ceramic Bells Inspired by Japanese Shrines

Issue 6 · The French Connection · February 10, 2012

After a visit to a Shinto shrine, New York City-based artist Michele Quan created these evocative ceramic bells.

In Japan, she observed visitors ringing clusters of metal suzu bells at shrines, to announce their presence to the spirits. Quan started out by studying photography, but while in school, she cofounded a jewelry company. "[It's why] I like work to hang and why I make pieces that get assembled together," she notes. The clay bells are crafted using a combination of hand-throwing and slipcast techniques, and come in two-tone rustic glazes.

Ceramic shrines by Michelle Quan

Above: The Large Two-Tone Jingle Bell is 5 inches in diameter; $198 each.

Two-tone ceramic jingle bell

Above: The Twisted Rope Two-Tone Jingle Bell hangs from a 33-inch length of macramel; $290.

Small two-tone ceramic bells inspired by Shinto shrines

Above: The Small Two-Tone Jingle Bell is 3 inches in diameter; $99 each.

Ceramic garden bells

Above: The Medium Two-Tone Jingle Bell is 4 inches in diameter; $150 each. Quan sells her bells through Una in Portland, Oregon; contact the store to order.

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