The Expressive Life Size Portrait in Clay

Tip Toland holds a M.F.A. in ceramics from Montana State University. After an Artist-in-Residence in Baton Rouge, she practiced and taught in the greater Northwest for over thirty years. She has been awarded numerous grants, fellowships and artist-in-residence, and was nominated for the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award in 2016. She exhibits both in Seattle and New York, and her work is in museums, galleries and private collections all over the United States.
1:30-4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • Cutting wire
  • A fettling knife
  • Two Serrated metal ribs: 1/8th inch and very fine
  • Round Loop tools large and small, (one and two inch)
  • A kitchen fork
  • Small wooden modeling tools (approximately ¼” at one end in a spoon shape) and a larger one
  • Small metal modeling tool
  • Needle tool
  • Small 1/8” nylon bristle paint brush
  • Plastic bottle for misting plants
Under the guidance of nationally renowned sculptor Tip Toland, students will work on a total of 2 life size portraits in clay. The first 4 weeks are dedicated to sculpting from the model as he/she holds an expression, using clay on a pipe armature. At the end of the 4 weeks, students can either cut the face off and hollow it as a mask, or hollow and reassemble the full bust. For the second portrait, students will work from printed images, as result of the extreme expression involving an open mouth. At the end, students will cut off the face behind the ears, hollow it and treat it like a mask. Should time allow, students will work on a third expressive mask. All levels are welcome.