Saturday, November 5, 2016

Don Davis to Share Lifetime of Experiences in Clay at Ocean Art Gallery


FLAGLER BEACH, FL – Ceramic artist Don Davis, with his wife Marian and son Will, moved to Flagler Beach just a few months ago and he is making the most of his time in the oceanside city. His ceramic work is for sale at Ocean Art Gallery and over the next three months he will present a series of three talks on his favorite subject – Ceramic Art.

In his “Fired Earth Series” the studio artist and published author will share a wide ranging perspective on clay and how this fascinating material has been interwoven into human life and expression since the dawn of civilization. As Davis puts it, “… so common and simple, yet so beautiful and complex.” All talks will be accompanied by a rich array of visual projections on the subject. 

The free series will be offered at Ocean Art Gallery, 206 Moody Blvd. (SR100), in downtown Flagler Beach from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. There is extensive parking behind the gallery with entrance off N. 2nd Street. 

The three-part program consists of:

November 10, 2016: “Ancient Inspiration to Contemporary Expression in Clay” – The series begins with examining the nature of clay and then touches on 10,000 years of Ceramic History, ranging through Ceramic cultural connections, technology, and the artist’s own personal history in clay.

December 8, 2016: “Kilns and Ceramic Culture” - The second presentation examines the relationship of kiln design, clay type, firing method, human creativity, and cultural influences and how they are combined as influences to create specific types of ware and unique cultural traditions in various areas of the world. 

January 12, 2017: “The Nuovo Forno Etrusco Project” – The final presentation will portray an exciting project in experimental archaeology and take us through the adventure of researching, planning, constructing, and firing a kiln based on ancient Etruscan kiln design at Castello di Spannocchia, Italy, by Davis and crew. 

While the entire series is free to the public, seating is limited to 40 guests and reservations are required. No one will be admitted without a ticket. Persons desiring to attend one or all of the talks must register at Earth Series or by calling Ocean Art Gallery at 386.693.4882.

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