You are invited to a fundraising cocktail party
at the Capitol Hill home and studio
of Steve Jensen and Vincent Lipe!


to honor Tip Toland!

Why? Tip is the current video subject of the Northwest Designer Craftsmen Living Treasures Project, and your participation will help complete this documentary, and others in the future.

Your donation of $50 or more gets you an introduction to Tip and the Fidget Video Team, plus an evening at Steve's wondrous studio, complete with appetizers and libation!

September 20th from 6-9pm

Steve Jensen Studios, 1424 -10th Avenue on Capitol Hill, Seattle Washington

Your Donation is Your Ticket!

Join us! Click Here to Donate

Create and wear a festive hat to tip to Tip and the Northwest Designer Craftsmen!

What is The Living Treasures Project?

As the pioneers of the contemporary craft movement reach an advanced age, it has become an urgent task to make a record of their lives, their work and their achievements. The Living Treasures Project is an ongoing series of video profiles documenting the Northwest's most important and influential elder craft professionals. These are individuals with lifelong involvement in the arts and a history of personal generosity and outstanding leadership. They built institutions, taught fellow artists, and created important works that affected the direction of their fields. They are an inspiration to us all. 

A new Living Treasures Project, in collaboration with Fidget TV, will be about the life and art of Ceramic Artist and Figurative Sculptor Tip Toland.

 “Tip Toland’s figurative sculpture—many larger than life—extend a centuries-old tradition.  For at least 1300 years, humans have depicted themselves and their cultures in clay, carved stone and bronze.  Tip’s inclusion in a recent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art examined her expertise in realistically depicting an aging woman, and placed it in historical context with examples from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and more recent figurative sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Jeff Koons and Duane Hanson.”

– Lloyd Herman, founding director of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and current member of the Living Treasures Project Committee

Tip Toland is a dynamic and courageous sculptor, both in the scale of her work and her choice of subjects. Her hyper-realistic ceramic sculptures are emotionally charged works which depict beauty, humanity, and vulnerability through an intentionally diverse collection of non-conventionally ‘beautiful’ characters. 

As a teacher, she has inspired and mentored many figurative sculptors across the country.  She is humble, selfless, and generous of spirit.  Through the science of observation, and knowledge of anatomy, she trains students to hone their observational skills.  And by sharing her experience in building large-scale work, she has moved the ceramic field forward.

As a ceramic artist, she is recognized for her mastery of the medium. She has attained international renown and received numerous awards.  Her work is in many major collections across the country, including the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian. A personal milestone was attained this year when her work was included in, “Like Life: Sculpture, Color and the Body (1300-Now), a exhibition at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met Breuer) presenting about 120 mostly realistic figurative sculptures by artists who “sought to replicate the literal, living presence of the human body.”

If you would like to find our more about Tip, please visit

Please consider joining our effort continue the Living Treasures Project with what will be the ninth in a video series that began during the 1990s to document the Northwest's most important and influential elder craft professionals.

The Producers

 Gayle Podrabsky

Gayle Podrabsky

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 John Forsen

John Forsen

Fidget Films, a Seattle-based film production company, has partnered with NWDC for the Ron Ho and Tip Toland projects. For the past 30 years, they have produced a variety of media content, including award-winning documentaries, feature films, and television shows.

Your Help is Important

As you might imagine, fundraising for professionally-made videos is a challenge for an all-volunteer organization like Northwest Designer Craftsmen. We hope that you will consider a gift to provide momentum for further fundraising for the Tip Toland video, and perhaps for those we hope to produce in the future. We will acknowledge every donor in some way, either on a video, or in related publications.

Copies of all videos are placed in the archives of the University of Washington, and those of the Smithsonian Institution. They are also distributed to local public and college libraries. The public will be able to view each new documentary at a special presentation, and on the Northwest Designer Craftsmen website and YouTube. Fidget Films has a working relationship with KCTS Channel 9 and The Seattle Channel, and ensuring that the newest Living Treasures videos will be shown by both venues. Whether you are an individual or a group, a gift to the Living Treasures Project will help to further promote the rich diversity of fine crafts from the Pacific Northwest to local and national audiences.

If you'd like to stay updated on Living Treasures, you can subscribe to our project newsletter here.


An Important Video Documentary was just completed by the Living Treasures Project

Ron Ho: Becoming Chinese, A Jeweler’s Tale

This half-hour professionally-made video documentary provides the viewer with a look into the life and art of Seattle artist, teacher, and world traveler Ron Ho.

Ron Ho enjoyed a local and national prominence as a contemporary jewelry artist and teacher. His work is in the permanent collections of several museums, including the prestigious Houston Museum of Fine Arts Helen Williams Drutt Jewelry Collection and the Tacoma Art Museum Studio Art Jewelry Collection. An oral history of his life is also held at the Smithsonian Institution.

In 2006, the Bellevue Arts Museum honored his importance to the contemporary craft movement by presenting 51 of his pieces in an exhibition and catalog titled, Dim Sum at the On- On Tea Room – The Jewelry of Ron Ho. The Bellevue Arts Museum produced a catalog and exhibition of his jewelry.

Becoming Chinese: A Jeweler's Tale will air on Seattle Channel 21 on July 6th at 10am, and KCTS Channel 9 on July 22 at noon. Don't miss it!