Davis artist Christopher Dewees drops off an example of his gyotaku — Japanese-style fish print — at The Artery on Thursday. Dewees is one of more than 25 artists taking part in the Davis Artists Studio Tour. He was intrigued by the opportunity to finally reveal the studio to non-artists, “because the studios are pretty much a mystery to most people.” Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

Davis artist Marianne DeBoer prepares her work, "Me," to be on display at The Artery. DeBoer, one of more than 25 artists on the studio tour, was first introduced to clay in 1970 taking sculpting classes at UC Davis and joined The Artery in 1984. She has created many clay Kimonos. Her inspiration for those comes from her clothing design background and from imagining what she would wear at a Japanese wedding, tea ceremony or attending a Kabuki performance. “Working with clay has given me immense pleasure. For my kimonos I draw patterns, make slabs, carve decorations and fire it in the raku technique," she said. "In the last 15 years, I dressed the sculptures in handmade Japanese paper, often a challenge that makes me tick.” Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

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