John Toki is a Japanese-American ceramic artist born and raised in the Bay Area. He received a BFA from California State University, Hayward, CA and a MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA.
Toki’s large-scale sculptures are inspired by objects in nature such as mountains, water and sky. He says 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.”
John Toki has public installments in Richmond, Berkeley, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, and Cincinnati and he has exhibited work throughout the US, the Netherlands and Japan.