Inspired by African sculpture and the Art Deco style of the 1920s and '30s, Miri Mara creates minimalist sculptures at his exquisitely designed Carpinteria studio and gallery, where he’s worked since 2013. Originally from Italy, Mara worked in the fashion industry for many years, but then settled down in Carp and found a new passion in ceramics after taking classes at SBCC. Each piece takes about three days to complete, from pouring the clay into a mold to spraying on glaze with an air compressor. Visit his studio and others this weekend, May 9-10, as part of the Carpinteria Artist Studio Tour. See carpinteriaartscenter.org.
By Caitlin Fitch