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 has been teaching ceramics at Ventura College since 1976.
Myra has participated in editing three ceramics texts. Her artwork has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Art and Antiques, and in the Taiwanese publication of Contemporary Ceramics. Her sculptures have been exhibited nationally in shows and in galleries in the San Francisco/Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles and southern California. She was a founding member of ARC, the first women's gallery in Chicago in 1973. Myra's work is in many private collections.
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 enthusiasm for the medium is expressed in her teaching as well as in her artwork.
Mary Galbraith from the Focus on the Masters wrote:
Myra maintains her private Pyramid Studio in Ojai, California.
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