Located on the campus of San Joaquin Delta College, Delta Center for the Arts LH Horton Jr Gallery presents the 8th Annual Visions In Clay Exhibition and Awards Competition, August 24 – September 15, 2017. The Gallery Reception is planned for Thursday, August 31, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Admission to the Gallery is free and open to the public.
Founded by the San Joaquin Potters Guild in 2002 through 2007, Visions In Clay was turned over to the Horton Gallery in 2010 to continue presenting the ceramics based exhibition. Visions In Clay is the largest exhibition of ceramic works in the San Joaquin Valley, and has been featured several times in the national magazine, Ceramics Monthly. It’s an exceptional show of craftsmanship and diverse style.
John Toki, ceramic artist and former faculty member from California College of the Arts, was this year’s guest juror who selected the works for exhibition. The selection was based on quality of craftsmanship, unique content and form, as well as technical skill. This year’s exhibit features 58 works by 52 artists from around the country, including Stockton artists Joe Mariscal (retired ceramics professor at Delta College) and Daniel Alejandro Trejo (Delta College graduate), Tracia Hand from Tracy, and Dennis Spicer from Linden.
Exhibition Juror John Toki has maintained a studio in Richmond, California, since 1974. His public commissions include a mural for Oakland City Hall, and works installed in San Francisco, Orinda, Sacramento, and Pomona. Blue Back, a 20 foot tall ceramic sculpture is on view at the Oakland Museum of California, and Spring Majesty, a 24 foot tall sculpture is on view at the California Shakespeare Theatre, Orinda, California. Exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Oceanside Museum, Richmond Art Center, and the American Museum of Ceramic Art. In 2017, the sculpture ‘s-Hertogenbosch will be installed at the new UC Berkeley Art Museum.
An educator for over 25 years, Toki retired as a faculty member from the California College of the Arts. He has conducted workshops and lectured widely: Including Kent State University, University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco Art Institute, and at colleges in Holland, Taiwan and Turkey. He has served as a workshop leader at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts Industry Program, Wisconsin, and as a consultant and staff member at the European Ceramic Work Center, Holland. Toki has also co-authored three books on ceramics: Hands In Clay, 5th edition, Make It In Clay 2nd edition, McGraw Hill, and Fired by Ideals, Arequipa Pottery, Pomegranate Press.
In addition to his art practice, Toki teaches at Diablo Valley College and is the Associate Director of the Mission Clay Art & Industry and Program, Corona, California, an artist residency program at Mission Clay’s - Building Product’s factory, Phoenix, Arizona. In 2010, Toki was named Contra Costa College, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, and in 2012 was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award at NCECA - the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts. Toki also supports the arts as a board member for the American Museum of Ceramic Art.
Gallery Exhibition Hours
T 11A.M.–4P.M., W–Th 11A.M.–6:30P.M., F 11A.M.–1P.M.
Posted Saturday Hours: August 26th, 11A.M.–3P.M.