gwendolyn yoppolo uses words, ceramic objects, and food to stretch boundaries and transform perception. She creates sensuous kitchen- and table-wares that use the physical experience of hunger and satiation to allude to larger issues of human desire and relationship. Her visionary designs challenge us to rethink the ways we nourish ourselves and others within contemporary food culture. She earned an MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University, an MA in Education from Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology from Haverford College. 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.
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 ignites 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.