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We will be hosting a hand-on workshop with Tip Toland

April 1 & 2, 2023

According to Margaret DeYoung:

I met Tip Toland at CCACA 2021 in Davis, California. The hyper-realistic aspect of her work immediately got my attention, and her warm personality drew me right in.

While there, she demonstrated how she makes a head. Hearing how she chooses a subject, and how she works was interesting. She works on an armature, builds solid, and pounds the clay into submission. In a mere hour she had the basics laid out for a very realistic face and head.

Due to a few connections, I was able to join her and a few others for lunch one day. Being able to see how she interacted with us all explained to me everything about why she does what she does. How she chooses her subjects and what feeling she hopes to create. Their vulnerabilities. How she captures their moment in time. How she gives them life and purpose.

She is compassionate, a free spirit and has a sense of humor just waiting to come out! At the end of the event, I thanked her for all that she had done and told her how much I admire her and all artists that put their work, and in most ways, their inner most thoughts out there. She was so gracious. She told me that if she could do it, anyone could! Well, as much as I would beg to differ, I think she’s got something there.


Tip Toland lives in Vaughn, Washington.  She received her MFA from Montana State Universityin 1981. Tip is a full-time studio artist and a part-time instructor in Seattle. She conductsworkshops across the United States, Europe, Australia, Mexico, Taiwan, Bali and the MiddleEast.  She is represented by Traver Gallery in Seattle, WA

Her work is in public and private collections, including: The Yellowstone Art Museum, TheRenwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, Nelson Atkins Museum, The Crocker Museum, St.Petersburg Museum of Art, The Daum Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Arizona StateUniversity Ceramics Research Center, The Eleanor Wilson Museum at Hollins University,Kohler Arts Center, Portland Art Museum, Racine Art Museum, Yingee Ceramics Museum,Zanesville Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Icheon Museum of Ceramics.

TIp recently won:

2023 Hyperrealist Sculptures, Musée arts de Nantes, Nantes, France

She just was named a fellow of the American Craft Council in 2022. Honestly, her awards are consistentand huge, from a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1986. She alsoreceived a Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award in 2004 and a fellowship from Washington State Artist Trust in 2007. In 2014, she was awarded a United States Artist Fellowship.

This is a rare opportunity to work with a master ceramicist and a someone who embodies warmth and understanding of the human condition.

Interested in taking the workshop:

Please call - very limited space.


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