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Show – Opens 10/2/16


“Our home and land were completely burned out on September 14, 2015, the last day of the Butte fire. I felt stripped; all my possessions, art, family mementos — gone. Images of what had been on our land played in my imagination and I subsequently created this series of bells as my memorial to our home and land… interpreted in clay and glazed with ash from that devastating fire.”

~Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson shares her unique series of 12 Ceramic Bells, inspired by the magnificent ancient Japanese Dotaku bronze bells. According to folklore, the Dotaku bells were used for about 400 years, from 200 BC to 200 CE to warn of invasion. They were richly decorated with patterns representing nature and animals.

In September of 2015, just as the Butte Fire was awakening its devastation in Mokelumne Hill, Mary Anderson and her husband returned from a vacation in Ireland. While in Ireland, Mary came across an impressive ancient Japanese Dotaku bell in the National Museum in Dublin. The vision of that bell remained vivid to her.

Mary’s “I Now Ring Hollow, A Memorial to Our Land” exhibition is complemented by the photography of Ty Childress. Ty’s photos were taken during and in the aftermath of the Butte Fire.

MAnderson - Ceramic Bell 2 TChildress - Butte Fire Photo 2MAnderson - Ceramic Bell 3






“The concept was for the bells to commemorate what had been of the land; to be incinerated in the huge heat, over 2350 degrees F in the wood burning kiln; as our home and land were so devastatingly burned out by the Butte fire.”
~Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson’s Series of 12 Bells
On display at Petroglyphe Gallery (click any image to enlarge and scroll through).  Artist’s prices begin at $500.00.