Thursday, February 18, 2010


welcome to COSANTI, in scottsdale, arizona.

while visiting family in arizona last december, we took a field trip to this artist commune where SOLERI windbells are made and sold.

the brainchild of 90 year old artist, PAOLO SOLERI, this is an open air studio and foundry, where bronze and ceramic windbells are created and the profits support the development of PAOLO's other commune, ARCOSANTI. started in the 1970's, these desert properties support several families and as an artist myself, i loved being here!! these passionate souls live, eat and breathe their work.

the art studios and residences mingle together and feel




at the same time.

the verdigris bronze bells hang from sculptural-archaic like forms.

handmade buidings made from found items.

a true working studio where the smell of damp clay fills the air...

and tempts you (ME!!)to play. i wanted so badly to roll around in this stuff! i think i could be a bell maker too........

i believe this is a residence?

this colorful lady has lived here since the 70's...the bird too. except for two hippy-like twentysomethings in the shop...bird-lady was the only one around this quiet saturday.

i wasn't sure what i was looking at most of the time, but it was all mesmerizing.

for more information on COSANTI and ARCOSANTI go to



Don said...

Art is life! You blog is always a joy to visit.
Thank you.

Carole said...

I can see why you were mesmerized. What a special place of artisans. You don't come across a place like that all the time. I loved seeing their work table with old brushes and jars of paint.
Oh and that bird and birdlady. What stories she must have!
Thank you so much Erin!
Loved it!

debra@dustjacket said...

Oh how inspiring, that third last shot is amazing!

Arcosanti Resident said...

Great photos! But neither Arcosanti nor Cosanti are communes. That is just simply incorrect. Cosanti is not a community and Arcosanti is not even an intentional community. Arcosanti is a nonprofit educational project dedicated to exploring the concept of arcology (architecture + ecology). A community of people of all ages from all over the world come to live at Arcosanti for days or decades to participate in the project.

Scott Law said...

What an inspiring and beautiful place to spend some time. Great photo essay about it. Thanks!

Noel Morata said...


wow, what a beautiful place, thank you for taking this journey, i've enjoyed this place tremendously....also i'm enjoying discovering your blog, its breath taking!



Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Erin
What a gorgeous place.. i can feel the sense of quiet just looking at your photos.. it has an almost rain forest feel to it. yet it's in the desert? or maybe i just assumed that.. So beautiful and those bells are so lovely .. would be wonderful to listen to their tinkle on a hot afternoon...

that bird shot is fabulous.. what gorgeous colours and to capture him with his wings spread.. beautiful!! thanks for sharing these gorgeous colours with us.. xx Julie

Chrisy said...

Oh my it looks so interesting there...and your photos are just superb...the verdigris looks stunning...

Julie B. [Holland] said...

Erin, what an intersting post. Those pots there were huge! The pictures were beautiful yet so serene. I love things in bronze,Ive recently gotten some outside light fixtures in bronze, and love them. Ill be in the states in May , I might order some bells and have them shipped to me there. Thanks for sharing that address with us. Have a great weekend! .. Julie in HOlland :)

erin's art and gardens said...

well, i stand corrected. thank you arcosanti resident...hey, i was just working off of info from my sis-in-law and a brochure.........

oldgreymare said...


WOW! Carole (Maynard Greenhouse) linked me to your site and as I went through EVERY post this evening I realized I had breezed through here once before last December,loved it, but had not bookmarked the site and lost track. I am so happy she mentioned you because your photos are just amazing. I have spent many happy weeks in Franklin and now I will able to stop by and visit there via you.

and are now properly bookmarked :-)


Unknown said...

What a beautiful place to visit. Most unusual, from my perspective. Love the patina on all of the bells. It certainly made for wonderful photography.

Cobalt Violet said...

What an amazing place. I am putting it on my list of places to go. I am fascinated. BEAUTIFUL photos, Erin. Nice work.