Patti Warashina, Tip Toland and Richard Notkin at Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA (Quarantine Learning Report)

Friday night I enjoyed listening to fellow Washingtonians Patti Warashina, Tip Toland and Richard Notkin talk about their long and wonderful careers as artists. All three were charming, self-deprecating and seemingly unchanged by their success. They have worked hard, and offered great advice for other artists of all sorts.

I felt as if we were all sitting in a room together. At one point the three were talking about attending the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in Kansas City (where I grew up), and I thought, why wasn’t I there? Then I realized I was a very young child at the time. I forgive my parents for not having the foresight to take me.

If you would like to see the chat, check on Pottery Northwest’s website in a few weeks as they are planning on putting it on their YouTube channel. I’ll post it here as well.

Below are just a few images of each artist’s work. A group post cannot do them justice. They each have a vast body of work, so you are going to have to do a little bit of stalking yourselves. I’m pretty sure you have seen their work in museums and galleries around the world.

Patti Warashina, Over the Hill, 1976
Low-fire clay, underglaze, glaze
28″ x 18” x 14 in
Patti Warashina, Clothes Line Robbery, 1979
Low-fire clay, underglaze, glaze, mixed media
24” x 36.5 “ x 17.5 in
Patti Warashina, Kimchee Chaos Sake Set, 2013
Porcelain, underglaze, glaze
9” x 17.5” x 17.5 in
Richard Notkin, All Nations Have Their Moments of Foolishness, 2006
Earthenware tiles fired in sawdust-filled saggars with watercolor highlights
46” x 62.5” x 4.5 in
Richard Notkin, Heart Teapot: Hostage/Metamorphosis IV-Yixing Series, 2006
Stoneware, lustre
7” x 12 1/4” x 6 in
Richard Notkin, Teaset – Iraq, 2007
Stoneware, glaze
Teapot 11 1/2’ x 7” x 4 1/4 in Cups vary 3 5/8” to 4 1/2 in
Richard Notkin, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – Hill Jar Series, 2016
Mid-range stoneware and glaze
15” x 11 3/4” x 11 3/4 in
Tip Toland, Handy Do-rag, 2019
Stoneware, paint, chalk pastel, glove
5 1/2 “ x 4 1/2” x 4 in
Tip Toland, Study of a Terrified Man, 2020
Stoneware, paint, chalk pastel, hair
10” x 13” x 9 in
Tip Toland, Wall Flower, 2011-2012
Stoneware, paint, pastel, synthetic hair
Installation: 86” x 111” x 53 in Sculpture: 70 1/2 “ x 23” x 17 1/4 in
Tip Toland, Beauty Parlor, 2017
Stoneware, paint, chalk pastel, synthetic hair
32” x 36: x 22 in

I’ve attended individual workshops by all three, through the John Natsoulas Gallery. You can purchase those individually if you’d like to watch. I enjoyed all three of them live, but they would be great to watch in recorded form. I’ve been a regular at John’s excellent workshop series. Never underestimate the John Natsoulas Gallery!

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