About

Rayer and Leslie Toki (left picture, on the right) opened Leslie Ceramic Supply Company in 1946, in response to the needs of an expanding community of San Francisco Bay Area potters and ceramics artists. As a leading supplier in Northern California, the Toki family continues to promise quality products and service to artists and aspiring artists of all ages. John Toki (pictured right), son of Rayer and Leslie, is the current owner and president of the company. A working artist, published author and educator, John is an amazing talent and resource to the Bay Area ceramics community.

Here is a link to an article about John from Cal State Hayward’s Haywire Alumni Magazine in 2002.

Here is an interview with John from Works and Conversations by Richard Whittaker from Dec 23, 2008.

And another interview with John from Works and Conversations by Richard Whittaker from April 2nd, 2006.

Here is an interview with John from Paragon Kilns’ website by Arnold Howard about the book “Hands in Clay” that John Co-authored with Charlotte Speight.