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JOHN TOKI

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JOHN  TOKI John Toki - Blue Stance - Sculpturesite Gallery
Blue Stance
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94 x 23 x 17 in
238 x 58 x 43 cm
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JOHN  TOKI John Toki - Blue Wing - Sculpturesite Gallery
Blue Wing
ceramic
96 x 10 x 8 in
243 x 25 x 20 cm
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JOHN  TOKI John Toki - Desert Bloom - Sculpturesite Gallery
Desert Bloom
ceramic
80 x 27 x 10 in
203 x 68 x 25 cm
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JOHN  TOKI John Toki - Blue Storm - Sculpturesite Gallery
Blue Storm
ceramic
46 x 12 x 10 in
116 x 30 x 25 cm
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WALL SCULPTURE (3-works)
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JOHN  TOKI John Toki - Springtime in Motion - Sculpturesite Gallery
Springtime in Motion
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56 x 14 x 9 in
142 x 35 x 22 cm
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JOHN  TOKI John Toki - Universal Spirit - Sculpturesite Gallery
Universal Spirit
ceramic
111 x 24 x 8 in
281 x 60 x 20 cm
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JOHN  TOKI John Toki - Domino Effect - Sculpturesite Gallery
Domino Effect
ceramic
46 x 21 x 3 in
116 x 53 x 7 cm
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JOHN  TOKI

JOHN TOKI

JOHN TOKI Biography

Born in the Bay Area into a family that savored the rich Japanese tradition of ceramics, John Toki has worked in clay for over 35 years. A respected studio artist and adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in Oakland, Toki is also the president and owner of Leslie Ceramic Supply Company in Berkeley, which his parents founded fifty years ago, and the co- author of several notable books on ceramic sculpture.

Toki speaks about the satisfaction of working with clay: "It can be used for large-scale works, as well as more intimate pieces, with equal success. You can apply color by painting, glazing or mixing it into the clay. It's a quiet activity that you can manipulate with only your hands, you don't need tools really. You can use it for representational works, as well as abstraction. And I really like the physical presence of clay."

Toki’s large-scale sculptures in clay and porcelain possess a timeless quality, inspired from forms found in nature (mountains, water, snow, sky) and suggest archaeological elements, yet they have a unique freshness in their technical complexity and resulting visual appeal. His work has been shown in the US, the Netherlands and Japan. He has completed public commissions and installations in Richmond, Berkeley, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, and Cincinnati.

JOHN TOKI Resumé

Exhibitions and Commissions
2009 “Landscape Abstractions,” Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 Udinotti Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2009 Pipe Sculptures: Mission clay @ Building Products, Phoenix, AZ
2008 Solo exhibition, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
2008 Outdoor sculpture exhibit, City of Orinda Art in Pubic Places, Orinda, CA
2007 “CCA: Sculpture Selections,” Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 “John Toki: Abstracts and Landscapes,” Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2006 “CCA Ceramics 1950-2005,” Stephen Oliver Art Center, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
2006 “Toki & Gudjonsdottir,” Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 “Solo Exhibition,” Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2005 “Tiles to Totems,” Group exhibition curated by Nancy Servis, Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2005 “Group Exhibition,” Osceola Gallery, Emeryville, CA
2005 “Blue Back,” installation of outdoor work for the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
2005 “Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition,” Cal Shakespeare, Orinda, CA
2004 Paradise Ridge Sculpturegrove, Santa Rosa, CA
2004 “City of Richmond Public Commission,” Mira Vista Park, Richmond, CA
2003 “’s-Hertogenbosch,” Commission and installation of work for City of Berkeley Art Commission, Berkeley, CA
2003 “Raven,” Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD
2002 “Outdoor Sculpture,” Group exhibition curated by Richard Kalmer, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2001 “John Toki & Daniela Pulido,” Davis Art Center, Davis, CA
2000 “Artists to Authors,” Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
1999 “John Toki & Larry Stefl,” Washington Square Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998 Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA
1997 “West Coast Painting and Sculpture 1997,” Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
1997 “Spring Majesty,” Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
1997 Udinotti Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1997 “30th Anniversary Invitational Exhibition,” Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
1996 University Gallery, California State University Hayward, Hayward, CA
1996 Udinotti Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1995 “Abstraction Exhibition: Sculpture and Paintings with Mary Lovelace O’Neal,” Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
1995 “Solo Exhibition,” Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
1995 “Blue Currents,” Commissioned by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Oakland, Oakland City Hall, Oakland, CA
1995 Udinotti Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1994 “Plaza Art 1994,” Mountain View, CA
1994 “O,” installation of outdoor work for the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
1993 Udinotti Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993 “A Sense of Place,” Public Art Projects and Proposals, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1992 Commission for Barnett Residence, Pt. Richmond, CA
1991 “The Continuous Presence of Organic Architecture,” Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH
1990 “Public Art,” San Francisco State University Art Gallery, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
1990 “Artists of Contra Costa County, Hearst Gallery, Moraga, CA
1989 “Group Exhibition,” Gallery De Keerder Kunstkamer, Cadier En Keer, Netherlands
1988 “John Toki & Bella Feldman,” Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA
1987 “3-D,” juried art exhibition, San Jose Art League, San Jose, CA
1987 Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
1986 “Tetsudau,” commission for Eden Issei Terrace, Hayward, CA
1986 Public Commission through Bay Area Partnership, Franklin Plaza, Oakland, CA
1985 “Celebration of Sculpture,” San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA
1985 “Latham Square Architectural Competition Exhibition,” Oakland, CA
1983 “Black Tide,” Commissioned by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Sacramento, CA
1982 “California College of the Arts and Crafts 75th Anniversary Exhibit,” Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1982 “29th Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1980 “Highlights,” Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1980 “Three East Bay Artists,” Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
1979 “Solo Exhibition,” Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1979 “Pieces of Eight,” John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Kohler, WI

Awards
2007 Invited Residency (with Stephen De Stabler,) Watershed School of the Ceramic Arts, N. Edgecomb, ME
2004 Residency, Watershed School of the Ceramic Arts, N. Edgecomb, ME
Ruth Chenven Sculpture Grant, New York, NY
Residency, European Ceramics Work Center, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Residency, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Kohler, WI
Awarded Sculpture Installation for San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
“Key to the City for Major Contribution fo the Arts,” City of Hayward, Hayward, CA
“Orchids Award,” honorable mention for Franklin Plaza Design, Oakland, CA

Education
1978 MFA California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
1974 BFA California State University Hayward, Hayward, CA

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