Clay artist Todd Hickerson's "Return of the Toad" is inspired by a recent return visit to China, 10 years after studying at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute.

Clay artist Todd Hickerson's "Return of the Toad" is inspired by a recent return visit to China, 10 years after studying at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute.

The work expresses "how things have changed so much" in the past decade, Hickerson said.

Topics include recycling, guns and personal safety, which proved ironic when Hickerson's truck was stolen a couple of weeks ago, along with much of his work for this show. Working feverishly, he has recreated some pieces and made some new, and the exhibition will go on.