My mom used to collect all sorts of plates, bells both hand and larger hanging ceramics, ornaments and the like.
We moved to NM in the late 70's and sometime during the mid 80's she started collecting a line of the larger hanging ceramic bells painted with simple almost line drawn pastel figures of American Indian children. The bells were all a oyster-ish white, texture was a bit rough so I don't think they were glazed. The center ringing piece was made of the same as the bell, no metals. I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the artist but I would really like to pick up at least one piece in rememberance of my mom.
If anyone can offer any assistance in where to locate the name of the artist or other info I would be so appreciative. They really were beautiful=)
Hi -- Is is Degrazia or DeGrazia or something like that? I've seen it spelled both ways. I had some of those bells when we lived out West but had to put on my thinking cap to dredge up this name. Not sure if that's the correct artist you are thinking of.
Thank you Cville_Gardener! That was exactly the right person:) Googled and found apparently their official site and gift shop! Wish I had kept my mom's pieces but I don't think my brother would have managed to save them. Really appreciate you coming up with the name...I never would have thought of it!
Happy to hear that was it. I like their work too. I never had a lot of the pieces, just a few of the bells, but had seen other items in the shop over the years. You are so right about different things striking a chord from your past. You just never know, do you?