For many years, Satya Palani molded clay Ganesh murtis for the Golden Gate Mission’s celebration of Ganesha Chathurthi. He passed the tradition on to Kartikeya Katir, who has expanded production a bit. Here are his murtis distributed to the Sri Venkateshwara Temple Youth Camp in Pennsylvania.
More went to the Hindu-Jain temple and the Sri Venkateshwara Temple shop in Pittsburgh.
In our teachings we're both monistic and theistic. In the beliefs of Saivism the idea of the three worlds is the basis and key to understanding temple worship, theism. The inner worlds are there to help you. The essence of the soul is already the same as the essence of God Siva, monism. You just have to find it.