John Toki, Blue Storm, 2008. Ceramic, 46 x 12 x 10 in.

John Toki

Sonoma, California

A New Leaf Gallery—Sculpturesite

John Toki, a versatile Bay Area sculptor, teacher, writer, inventor, plumber, electrician, and businessman, makes monumental structures from slag-like clay. Collectively called landscape abstractions or earthscapes, these freestanding and wall-hung works, which feature what can be interpreted as embedded symbols, seem as archaeological and anthropological as they are geological. Embracing the medium’s properties of mass, weight, and malleability, they synthesize the natural and the…see the full review in January/February’s magazine.