Questions about Russian bells
February 17, 2014 at 11:35 pm #12374
I purchased these bells in a gift shop when skiing in Vail, Colorado, a few years ago. They are clay with strategic glazing. Can anyone tell me more about them–what part of the country they are made, craftspeople, etc? I was only able to purchase these six at the time. I would love to add more of them to my collection, but I have not been able to find any more. I don’t know whether these are production line made, but it does look like there would never be two exactly alike. 🙂
February 17, 2014 at 11:38 pm #17706
April 4, 2014 at 5:17 am #17707
These bells are quite unique, aren’t they? How do you know they are Russian? How big are they?
If they were, in fact, made in Russia, some of our Russian members might know something about them.
April 14, 2014 at 3:23 pm #17708
Aha, your message prompted me to check to see if I still had the card from the shop, and I did! It was called Anastasia Russian Collection in Winter Park, CO, and the number on the card has been disconnected. Internet also says the store is closed. The sales lady did say that these were made in Russia of a particular type of clay, but I didn’t write it down nor inquire more about them (hindsight 20/20). There are no markings on them that I can find. The chamber is about 2in and their height is 2-4.25in. I was hoping that some of the Russian members might see the post and reply. Would these be something that I might display in the BEHOLD room?
April 14, 2014 at 3:36 pm #17709
I would think these would be very appropriate and a lovely display in the BEHOLD Room. I’ll check to see who is in charge of getting displays for the July convention and get back to you!
I’ll also contact some of our Russian members and ask if they know anything about these bells.
Thanks for the information.
May 17, 2014 at 7:51 pm #17705
The Forum to which our Russian members are referring is http://www.forumbells.ru If you click on the link, the site will come up written in Russian. There is a language translator and having the page converted to English or another language can be done with the click of a button. To access the actual forum postings, registration is required.
ABA member, Sergey, in Russia, says,
These bells are absolutely not unique and can be found in many tourist places here. I will check about the manufacturer.
Sergey goes on to say that there is some discussion at http://www.forumbells.ru/forum54/topic236-310.html#p17484 but they have not been able to identify the manufacturer. Bells made in this way are common at the Baltikum area (St. Petersburg, Latvia, Litva, Estonia, Poland, Kaliningrad), for example http://www.ziogeskeramika.lt/–zioges-keramika—/angelai-12/lt/
ABA member, Larissa, in Russia, says,
I’ll post both the pictures and the information about these bells on our forum. Somebody might know something.
Larissa also writes
People wrote that the bells are definitely not Russian, meaning that they were not made in Russia. There are tons of Russian masters making bells nowadays, almost all of them are known to people on the forum.
Then people reported that these bells are sold all over the Baltic area, meaning St.Petersburg in Russia and the Baltic states particularly Lithuania.
Then one woman found a Lithuanian master’s email address and that master sent her this link http://www.ziogeskeramika.lt/–zioges-keramika—/angelai-12/lt/
Beausone, I have heard that Larissa will be presenting a program at this year’s ABA Convention in Richmond, VA, July 9-12, 2014. If you are going to be at the convention, you may want to introduce yourself to her. I’d be happy to meet you, too, if I don’t already know you!
May 30, 2014 at 9:54 pm #17710
Even though these may not be unique, I still think they are very cute; and there are no others like them in my collection. Items on the ziogeskeramika site are quite similar, but none looked like they were bells. Thank you everyone for your input.
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