Join Dave Caris, a yogi who works with clay much like a sculptor, except his iconic masks, faces, totems and vessels are not of actual people, but rather express deep feelings three-dimensionally, some very whimsically. He will be demonstrating his clay works at the bookstore during the Saturday Sierra Art Hop. How would Dave describe his work in clay? According to Dave, “clay allows me a sensuous and expressive way to open to deeper, more hidden, feelings and to convey that mystery in my pieces.” Sometimes he feels that the granite and big trees just outside his studio exist in his work in another form. It is exactly that opening to the indefinable, yet real, that he seeks to share in his work. His interest in ceramics first began when he was a pilot in the Air Force, and was regularly flying over the endless, dark ocean; steering by the stars, to Morocco. Formal education in art started at the Cleveland Institute of Art, in Ohio, and continued at California State University. He has worked with wood, canvass and cut paper over the last fifty years, but it is clay to which he always returns. Clay allows him the flow of embodied imagination that he seeks to capture in his work. For him, working with clay is very much like the yoga he lives and teaches: centered on the breath and opening the body to the unknowable divine. Dave is drawn to art that is graceful, colorful and unique. He especially likes the work of Picasso, Miro and a contemporary, Alexander Flores. He wants his work to pique a person’s interest, to make them wonder and he is always exploring, looking for new expression. Come and see Dave working his magic with clay and see the beauty of his work at Willow Bridge Books on Saturday, March 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (booksense)
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