One of Paolo Soleri’s first commissions after his apprenticeship with Frank Lloyd Wright was to design a ceramic factory in Italy. When he returned to the U.S., he began to do ceramic crafts in earnest.
In the early years of Arcosanti, a ceramic studio and foundry were included. Today, resident artists produce wind bells of stoneware and bronze
The walls of the gift shop are a gallery of bells. There are modest bells and bold bells. Bells of bluish bronze and others burnished. And a few bells, each unique designed by Soleri himself.
The smallest bells are $29.00.
Soleri likes to do nudes of nubile young girls. Here is the deal. In one 80-minute session, Soleri will do three charcoal sketches. One is given to the model, the other two are for sale only to friends and family of the model during the next 24 months. If they are not purchased, they become the property of the gallery and may be sold to the public.