Raised in the Chicago area, Myra Toth studied at The Art Institute of Chicago during her high school years. She attended Mills College (B.A.) and San Francisco State University (M.A. in Ceramics) and has studied with Antonio Prieto, Robert Arneson, Peter Vandenberge and Ruth Duckworth, among others. Myra has taught art and ceramics for grades 6-12 and at the university level in Chicago as well as ceramics and design at Santa Rosa Junior College. She is retired from teaching ceramics at Ventura College.
Of particular interest to Myra is the investigation of the infinite possibilities of form, clays, glazes and techniques that are available for the personal expression of the ceramic artist. Her lifelong enthusiasm for the medium is expressed in her teaching as well as in her artwork.
Clay is my muse and has been my teacher/guiding light throughout my life. Clay is elemental – physically and metaphorically transformative. It is the selection and manipulation of these elements that hold the magic. Clay affords me a window into the mysteries of life and existence – interwoven with my interests and contemplation, allowing them to grow and become visible – revealing a glimpse of the largest and smallest moments of thoughts and fantasy. My art is a biography of sorts – snapshots for the viewer to share the wonders and beauty.
Art Institute of Chicago, Mills College, San Francisco State University (M.A.).
Studied with Antonio Prieto, Robert Arneson, Peter Vandenberg, Ruth Duckworth, and others.
Ceramics and Art Instructor:
College of Marin, Santa Rosa College, Latin School of Chicago, Elmhurst College, UCSB Extension at Pyramid Studio in Ojai, Ventura College, Beatrice Wood Studio, private instruction in San Francisco and Ojai.
Ongoing "Lusterglazes Unveiled" annual workshop since 2003 at Pyramid Studio.
Editor for three Ceramics Texts.
Founding Member of ARC Gallery (Artists, Residents of Chicago) - the second women's art gallery in the USA), Ojai Studio Artists' Tour, Pyramid Studio.
Gallery Associations: Braunstein-Quay Gallery of Ceramic Art (S.F.), ARC Gallery (Chicago), Fortner Gallery (S.B.), Anca Colbert Gallery (L.A.), Primavera (Santa Barbara and Ojai).
Documented Artist by Focus on the Masters.
Publications: Ceramics Monthly, Craft Horizons, Women Artists of Chicago, Art and Antiques, Taiwanese Contemporary Ceramics Magazine, "Paper Clay" by Rosette Gault, and other articles.
Permanent Collections: City of Ventura Art Collection, Museum of Ventura County, Cuba (two installations).
Private Collections: France, England, Singapore, Croatia, Canada, 14 states in the USA.
Museum Exhibits: San Francisco De Young Museum of Art, Sacramento Crocker Museum, San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Crafts, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Johnson Museum of Art (Cornell Univ. Ithaca, NY), Museum of Ventura County, Santa Paula Museum of Art.
Exhibitions: Ceramic Design Society of Southern California, Ventura County Potters' Guild, Gallery 525, Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, Buenaventura Art Assoc., Thatcher School in Ojai, Ojai Art Center, The Ojai Valley Museum, New Media Gallery, Gallery2, Pt. Hueneme Cultural Center, ARC Gallery, Springfield Art Assoc. (IL), Craftsmen's Gallery (Omaha, NE), Westwood Ceramics Gallery, Bank of America Headquarters Bldg. (S.F.), Galleria Del Sol (S.B.), Rose Bernardi Gallery (Sausalito), Carleton College (Minnesota), 40 Women Artists of Chicago and NAME Gallery, Chicago, New Horizons in Art, Chicago, among others.
Commissions: Trophies for Ventura County Lima Bean Festival, Altarpiece for church in Thousand Oaks, CA., Baptismal font for St. Joseph's Church (Ojai), Trophy for National Plantation Walking Horse Assoc. Award, Hummingbird Tree sculpture (Whidbey Island, WA), Bronze cast Creation Myth (4 ft. turtle with figures) sculpture for MVC Children's Garden, among others.
Mary Galbraith from the Focus on the Masters wrote:
Tel: (805) 646-7752