Gwendolyn Yoppolo transforms perception by creating ceramic objects and multisensory food events. She earned an MFA from Penn State, an MA from Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology from Haverford College. A passionate educator, writer and researcher as well as a maker, Gwendolyn is currently Associate Professor of Ceramics at Kutztown University.
Gwendolyn's Upcoming Workshops
Open to All
Students of any skill and knowledge level.
Jun 20 - Jul 1, 2022
Form and Metaphor in Pots of Purpose
This workshop provides a unique opportunity for students to develop their individual artistic voice using the material vocabulary of form, function, color and surface to create work that can evoke emotion, deliver poetic metaphor, make connections to cultural histories and resonate sentiment. Utilitarian ceramic objects are landmarks of the physical, emotional and relational topographies we use to navigate our lived stories around food, self and each other. As thoughtful makers, students consider the larger purposes served by their work, incorporating layers of meaning. Students are not just making bowls to hold soup–they build receptive space into experience, to find moments of compassion and generosity in a handheld vessel. Students refine their works through dialogue, drawings and writings while exploring methods such as pinching, coiling, throwing and altering, solid prototyping, press molding and reductive shaping. Special attention is given to the development of color and surface qualities through creative glaze chemistry experiments that are grounded in scientific methodology, but driven by artistic intuition.