Toland Sand

Toland Sand

Fine Contemporary Art Glass

An innovator in the use of dichroic glass and polished crystal, Toland’s approach to his pieces is one of exploration, always looking for form and energy. His perspective is one of trying to reveal an interior complexity while not forgetting simplicity and elegance of form. The attention goes in and then back out, attempting to take in the totality of the piece. It is like architecture for consciousness. Access is given to the interior of the solid object and then one can exit, just like an architectural form. One’s attention becomes the fulcrum of the piece’s existence. It becomes a reflection of the viewer.

Influences and sources of inspiration can be found in ancient and contemporary architecture and sculpture. Toland spent five years in Greece, attending high school in Athens and traveling as much as possible. Stone formations were everywhere, in both natural and manmade forms. An ancient marble quarry was just down the street from his home. Laborers chiseling marble for municipal projects were a common sight. Seeing ancient sites with remnants of temples were simply part of everyday life. The Temple at Sounion, the Parthenon, the Agora were monuments to the golden age of Athens.

Toland was born in Berkeley, California in 1949 and has fond memories and impressions of the beauty of that state as only a little child can experience. Though he left in 1954 when his father joined the CIA, the influence of Carmel and the Big Sur coastline was hard to forget and he always felt at home when the family returned every couple of years to Carmel Valley. He graduated from Colorado College in 1971 with a degree in Philosophy.

Available Art:


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Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art
Chattanooga Museum of Art


Aga Khan Foundation, Paris
Coca Cola
Many and varied world wide


“Innovative New Glass”, Glassmasters, New York, 1982
“Glasscape I”, on loan to the World Bank, Washington, DC l983
Group Show, Leighton Tracy Galley, Meredith, NH l985, l986
“National Glass Invitational”, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, l985, 1986
Three Man Opening Exhibition, Bank Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA l985
“Recent Works”, Nancy Barrett Gallery, Portsmouth, NH l985
Annual Awards for the NH Business Committee on the Arts, l986
Scent Bottle Invitational, Signature Gallery, Boston l986
Paperweight Show, Signature Gallery, Boston, l987
“Glass Invitational”, Vesperman Gallery, Atlanta, l987
New Bedford Glass Museum Invitational, New Bedford, MA, l987
“Glass Invitational”, Elizabeth Fortner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, l987
Group Show, The Tomlinson Collection, Baltimore, l986
“New Work” (one man show), Christy Taylor Gallery, Boca Raton, l989, l990, l991, l992, l993
“Glass Invitational”, Eileen Kremens Gallery, Fullerton, CA, l988-l992
“New Work” (one man show), The Rachael Collection, Aspen, l990, l992, l994, l996, l998, 2000, 2002
“New Work” (one man show), Kavesh Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho, l992
“New Work” (one man show), Light Opera Gallery, San Francisco, 2002
“New Work” (one man show) Vespermann Gallery, Atlanta, 2003, 2004, 2007
“New Work” (one man show) Brion Fine Arts, Jupiter, FL , 1996-2004
“New Work” (one man show), Pismo Gallery, Aspen, 2004
“New Work” (one man show), Stein Glass Gallery, Portland, ME, 2002- 2004
“Illuminations” (one man show), Pismo Gallery, Aspen, CO.  2009
“New Directions” (one man show), Bender Gallery, Asheville, NC   2011
“Explorations” (one man show)  Bender Gallery, Asheville, NC2015
“Evolutionary Visions” (one man show)  Raven Gallery, Aspen, CO   2016
SOFA Chicago, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009
SOFA New York, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
SOFA Santa Fe, 2009