"I never could have predicted that I would be managing a bronze bell foundry, though I'm glad that's the path I ended up on! The job is very physically demanding, but our crew has a lot of fun, and I get to make art with my friends for a living."
"You have a lot of influence over your own experience at Arcosanti. It is what you make of it and I feel at home living where I live and doing what I do...by far the best job I've ever had."
“WTC7 won't go away!"
“I love creating ceramic tiles because it provides the opportunity to be creative with shape, design, and color while using science to succeed at processing and kiln firing the tiles to achieve beautiful results.”
"Dream big and dare to fail"- Norman Vaughan
“I have a job where I get to play with all of the elements. It is really beautiful. The process is brought over from Italy which makes me feel connected to my ancestors. I wonder if they could have done the same thing."
"The artistic freedom we have to carve the bells with a humble set of tools allows us to be creative on a daily basis while sitting in a beautiful work environment. It's my favorite office setting I've ever experienced."
“Clay is so versatile! It can become anything: a windbell, a planter, a water jug, a building brick, a toilet. Peoples have been making decorative and utilitarian objects with clay since the beginning of time; ceramics makes life possible.”
"On our bronze bells, the motifs in my design work are inspired by my memories of the illustrations of the Emerald City in the children’s book I had about the Wizard of Oz."
“After 18 years, I’m still inspired by the idea that someone will see my windbell, think ‘that’s the one,’ and take it home, treasuring what I’ve made.”
Larry Lo Presti
“My grandmother had a Navajo blanket that I loved, so a lot of my windbell designs are simplified versions of what I remember on that blanket.”
“These people are my friends and that makes work fun. I like to keep it lively - I’m the clown of the group, always cracking jokes.”
“I love working at Cosanti because of the opportunity to be a craftsman in an age of impersonal mass production.”
“I honor geometry in my art, and it fits me! I have heard it for years, ‘oh, you’re a math teacher? You must be boring.’ but I’ve embraced that as an artisan. I have dubbed myself ‘The Boring Artisan of Cosanti Originals.’”
“Working at Cosanti is a unique experience, for which I am grateful. I get to create in a beautiful and inspiring outdoor environment, and my coworkers are uplifting, helpful and kind. Molding feels like a grown-up version of playing in a sandbox, one of my favorite places as a kid."
“I am glad to be a part of something so out of the ordinary, and yet so resilient that it has inspired architects, artists, and the everyday visitor far beyond its desert home.”
“Cosanti is a great place, from the product to the property to the people. It's amazing.”
"I find myself leaving Cosanti each day and still craving more foundry work. There’s this constant challenge to hone my artistry, find a balance working with the elements, and build my endurance. All while working within the most unique architecture I’ve ever seen. It is deeply enriching.”
“These bells will last lifetimes longer than my own and knowing that I had a hand in creating something that will go on, singing in the wind and changing with the nature around it long after I’m gone is what compels me each day to imbue something special into each and every bell.”
“Working at this oasis in the middle of the city has really made me appreciate the outdoors. The mountains, quail, roadrunners, and hummingbirds all influence my designs.”
"Never did I expect to live out one of my childhood dreams already. I always loved seeing people excited over my handmade gifts and now I can do that for a living all over the world.”
"I am very grateful to be a part of the legacy here. To be able to impact my community and the world through creative endeavor is not only an honor but the goal of an artist."