The history behind our bells
The artistry of our bells
The artist crafting these masterpieces
The History - Why Bells?
Paolo Soleri, the founder of Arcosanti, started making bells long before building his most famous architectural work Arcosanti, an Urban Laboratory and concept of compact city design.
With dirt and water, he simply dug a hole, poured in clay, and made a bell. This bricolage approach with maximum resource efficiency became the norm in his work. He saw that the bell is a great miniature example of an apse, and knew he could prototype aspects of large buildings on a smaller scale with bells.
His bellmaking also demonstrated another important aspect of his process: teaching and including others in his projects. Soleri trained other bellmakers and eventually made a bell-making business that he used to fund his architectural experiments.
Today, this bell-making business is a core pillar of the Cosanti Foundation, which supports the development of Arcosanti. Working to explore the experiential and educational benefits of integrating Architecture and Ecology, the Cosanti Foundation strives to seek equitable and sustainable relationships between human activities and the Earth’s ecology.
Bell-making and sales allow the Cosanti Foundation to continue to flourish and expand their discovery and impact while also providing custom, one-of-a-kind artistry.
The Artists - Crafting Masterpieces
The artists making the bronze and ceramic bells often have tens of thousands of hours of experience. Some have 30+ years of experience! Each artist develops a specific style, and some develop a following of people who love and purchase their specific bells.