Tip Toland (born May 9, 1950) is an American ceramic artist and teacher who was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. She earned a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado and an MFA in Ceramics from Montana State University. Her works, which are figurative and often described as “hyper-real,” are held by galleries and museums around the United States.
Toland’s early works were wall reliefs in wood, clay and pigment. Her more recent three-dimensional stoneware sculptures are close to life size, sometimes larger. She uses paint, encaustic technique and hair to create figures with “uncanny skin quality, utterly convincing hand gestures and eerily spontaneous facial expressions.”