sfclayworks was excited to announce that ceramics artist Tip Toland would be in our studio for a demonstration workshop, but unfortunately due to the Covid-19 crisis we have cancelled this event. We hope that sometime in the future we may be able to reschedule; we are very dissapointed to miss out on this opportunity.

Tip’s attention to detail is phenomenal; her ability to capture the surface quality of her subjects is truly amazing. Please read the workshop description below for more details.  Do not miss this opportunity to learn more about how Tip creates her masterpieces. 


Tip Toland Workshop @ sfclayworks | CANCELLED

August 7, 2020 | Friday | 7 pm Artist slide lecture and talk open to the public. 

August 8-9, 2020 | Saturday and Sunday | 10 am-4 pm | Two-day Demonstration workshop | Doors open at 9:30 am 

Fee: $225 for the two-day demonstration workshop. Discounted fee of $200 for sfclayworks studio members. Lunch* will be provided on both days. *We may not be able to accommodate special dietary needs.


How to join the workshop:

To sign up for the workshop, print and fill out the attached workshop form.  Payment must be included to reserve your space. We accept payment by check, or electronically with the Square-Cash App available in the App Store. All Square-Cash App payments must include an extra $5 processing fee.

We look forward to meeting you!


Workshop Description:

Tip will demonstrate how to put together an armature for a life size, and also a twice life size portrait bust. On the life size armature Tip will begin massing in clay to make a portrait. Tip will also speak about the “Rules of Thumb” for proportion, gender and ethnic differences. The artist will demonstrate how to create the features referring to the planes of the underlying skull. By the end of the day there will be a person, but not yet with expression.

On the second day, Tip will talk all about expression and what muscle changes happen with each expression. She will also talk about age and show some of the effects of aging.  For the last few hours she demonstrate the hollowing technique and give an overview of the cold finishing process after firing.



Artist Bio:

Tip Toland

17811 Hall Rd. KPN

Vaughn, WA 98394


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


2019  Work accepted into the Korean International Ceramics Biennale, Grand Prize


2018   Pilchuck School of Glass, Artist in Residence, 6th session

2018   SOLA Award, Seattle, WA

2018   Northwest Artist Craftsman, “Living Treasure” Documentary Film Award.

2017   Zanesville Prize Best of Show for Contemporary Ceramics, Zanesville Museum of    

           Art, Zanesville, OH

2016   Nominated for a 2016 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award, Artist Trust,

Seattle, WA

Frances Niederer Artist in Residence, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA

2014   United States Artist, Windgate Fellowship Award

Susan Cooley Gilliom Artist Residence, Teaching Award, Placer Community Foundation, Auburn, CA

2012   AIDA (Association of Israeli Decorative Arts) Artist in Residence, Israel

2009   Jean Griffith Fellowship Artist Award, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

2007   Artist Trust/Washington States Arts Commission Fellowship

2004   Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant, First Place Award

2001   Emerging Artist, NCECA, Charlotte, N.C.


Her work is in public and private collections, including: The Yellowstone Art Museum, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, Nelson Atkins Museum, The Crocker Museum, St. Petersburg Museum of Art, the Daum Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Arizona State University 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.