Tip Toland; Empathy in Clay tells the story of courageous ceramic artist Tip Toland. “In Toland’s hands clay becomes an ideal material to work her wondrous and laborious nuanced emotions. She is willing to expose and reveal her personal turmoil’s and vulnerabilities in ways that leave the viewer spellbound. She is an artist who has the capability to match her talent with an uncanny ability to portray the figure in ways that are so compelling, so honest and recognizable that she captures a universality that leaves the viewer transfixed with empathy and understanding. Her hyper-real figures convey universal truths about the human condition, and we are transformed”. (Judy Schwartz)
Tip’s work can be found in major collections across the country, including the Renwick Gallery and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Northwest Designer Craftsman partnered with Fidget Films to continue their “Living Treasures” series with this documentary on Tip’s life.