Develop imagery such as abstract designs, figurative, narrative or architectural patterns that relate to ceramic mural design. Engage in the complete ceramic wall mural design process from idea development, wet clay modeling, construction, firing and installing fired tiles in both indoor and outdoor applications.
Each student makes a small ceramic mural, approximately 3’ x 4’. Daily demonstrations include lessons on tile sculpting, cutting and drying techniques, coloring porcelain clay, and surface decoration using underglazes, engobes and stains. Individual creative exploration is encouraged.
There are demonstrations, slide lectures, group discussions and one-on-one consultations. Discussions address loading and firing strategies, as well as various approaches to mural installation.
John Toki has exhibited his work at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, and the Oakland Museum of California. Public works include the University of California Art Museum, Oakland City Hall and numerous private commissions. John is the co-author of the book Hands In Clay, and is presently an author with Oxford University Press.