More on the ceramic bell casting method at Arcosanti: here, the Silt-Cast bells have been removed from the silt counter, and are drying on the deck of the Ceramics Apse. They must reach a stage of hardness where the artists can handle them without malforming them.
Here, Ceramics Manager Edward Werman performs Quality Control, ensuring that the bells are uniform in size and thickness.
Pressing a hole into the top of the bell prepares them to be hung. And then, a light dusting with talc provides a coating for the Silt-Cast bells, acting as a color-contrast to the carving.
Of course, the bells are not complete at this point. As such, we will continue our report on the Silt-Cast process … in the anticipated past.