Rooted in tradition and practicality, utilitarian ceramics can actually serve as radical, transformative art. Dining is a multisensory experience that engages us beyond the level of physical nourishment to ignite our sense of selfhood, relationship, ancestry, and culture. Experience with handmade pottery stretches those sense organs and alters the scripts by which we interact around food.
During this workshop, gwendolyn yoppolo will reflect upon life as a thoughtful maker of contemporary objects that engage with sensual experience and personal relationships within food culture. In the design and production of forms, yoppolo uses a mix of throwing, pinching, coil building, solid prototype building and molding. As she discusses the alignment of concept, material, process, and form in her work, she will share insights on how to choose the best technique for the job.
gwendolyn yoppolo earned an MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University, an MA in Education from Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology from Haverford College. While at Penn State she received two fellowship awards for her research using the scanning electron microscope to photograph the tiny landscapes of beach rubble, sugar cereals, plant seeds, and insect parts. She has been an Artist-In-Residence at Penland and the Archie Bray Foundation. Prior to that, she worked as a Studio Technician at Alfred University and as Assistant Professor of Art at Juniata College. gwendolyn is now an Assistant Professor at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. A passionate educator and thinker as well as a maker, her writing can be found in Studio Potter, Pottery Making Illustrated, and Passion and Pedagogy. www.gwendolynyoppolo.com