A Fortunate Beginning

Toland's career in glass began in 1976 when a friend decided to move on from a small stained glass business. From there it grew and evolved from craft fairs to art galleries. In these images you can see the progression of the craft and the evolution of Toland's personal style. There have been 4 fairly clear stages of Toland's art beginning with the craft focussed stained glass work and evolving through to the current visual language. The stained glass evolved from including some blown glass elements to a few years of exclusively blown glass work before giving way to architectural pieces which combined elements of the stained glass aesthetic with the beginnings of the sculptural elements which for the basis for Toland's artistic career.