Fred Yokel

Ball Dude-Large, ceramic, 11 x 4 inches

Ball Dude, large

Ceramic Sculpture 

11 x 4 inches 

Ball Dude, small, 7 x 3 inches

Ball Dude, small

Ceramic Sculpture 

7 x 3 inches

Ball Dudette, ceramic, 11 x 5 inches

Ball Dudette

Ceramic Sculpture 

11 x 5 inches 

Ball Dude, medium, ceramic, 9 x 4 inches

Ball Dude, medium

Ceramic Sculpture

9 x 4 inches

All Right I’ll Go

Ceramic Sculpture 

17 x 9 inches 

Dogs

Ceramic Sculptures

6 x 5, 5 x 5, 4 x 4 inches 

Fat Cat, Ceramic, 10 x 11 inches

Fat Cat

Ceramic Sculpture 

13 x 11 inches 

Sentinel, Bronze, 9 x 9 inches

Sentinel

Bronze Sculpture

9 x 9 inches ea

On the Move, Bronze 14 x 12 inches

On the Move

Ceramic Sculpture 

14 x 12 inches SOLD

Chef with Table, Ceramic, 18 x 18 inches

Chef with Table

Ceramic Sculpture 

18 x 18 inches SOLD

Bison, Ceramic, 11 x 8 inches

Bison

Ceramic Sculpture 

11 x 8 inches  SOLD

Exit Stage Left, Ceramic sculpture, 13 x 10 inches

Exit Stage Left

Ceramic Sculpture 

13 x 10 inches SOLD

Friday, Ceramic sculpture, 13 x 13 1/2 inches

Friday

Ceramic Sculpture 

13 x 13 inches SOLD

Player, Ceramic, 14 x 10 inches

Player

Ceramic Sculpture 

14 x 10 inches SOLD

Flock of Quail, ceramic, 3 x 4 inches

Flock of Quail

Ceramic Sculpture

3 x 4 inches ea 

Fred Yokel has been working in clay for over three decades. All of his pieces are one-of-a-kind, made by hand using a derivation of the coil method. His ideas come from many places, but primarily from watching humans in everyday situations.  He gets inspiration from sports, yoga, dance and sitting on a bench watching people walk by.  He sketches his figures and invents titles that could go with them to explain their predicament. The process is very similar to photography but in a 3-D version. The artist is trying to capture that one instance that will let the viewer see and feel the story and emotion surrounding the subject. His art is a humorous take on the human condition.

Fred Yokel studied at SJSU, where he concentrated his studies in ceramics under James Lovera, Robert Fritz and Herbert Sanders, with some influences from David Middlebrook.  After graduating with a BA in Ceramics, he became a production potter for several years at two Bay Area pottery houses. Production pottery was educational, but he got more pleasure out of designing and building one-of-a-kind pieces and exploring raku surfaces and organic looking textures. He decided to go back to school at California Institute of the Arts, where he received his  MFA in Design/Advertising.

There are so many things to explore with clay- texture, color, form. I find much of my inspiration in the natural world. Rocks, plant life and sea life all give me ideas for starting points to build upon.