Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tip Toland, hands, head and clay






During the two-day Walter Keeler/Tip Toland workshop in one of the Seattle convention center ballrooms at NCECA, Keeler worked fairly delicately as he assembled previously thrown parts into complete, functional stoneware pieces. Toland, a slender but strong woman, was at the other side of the stage, pummeling her clay as she built the big head - pushing it onto the piece, slamming her fist into it, dragging a rib through it, only occasionally caressing it.
I loved the way she used her well-worn hands to push around the clay, to make it what she saw in her mind. So here are a few images of Toland at work, in no particular order. Lots of finished work is at tiptoland.com. Look it up.

4 comments:

Dennis Allen said...

Thanks Hollis. I'm enjoying these.

Kings Creek Pottery said...

Wow- I don't even know what to say...Her site is remarkable- so outside anything I am familiar with. It's amazing what she can do with clay. It must have been something to see her working in person.

Patricia Griffin said...

Great pictures Hollis! You really got some great shots! Almost feels like I was there... Oh, wait, I was!

Hollis Engley said...

She's an amazing sculptor. Just brilliant depictions of aging and emotions. And a modest woman, too, judging from her presentation. And yes, Patty, the photos are just like being there, aren't they? Didn't I see you there?????