While reading over the long list of education and professional experience of Gwendolyn Yoppolo I realized she is way more than just a “potter” or “ceramic artist”. Here is the description of her accomplishments from the biography on her website (since a direct quote seemed to make more sense than summarizing or rewording this incredible list):
Gwendolyn has earned an MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University, an MA in Education from Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology from Haverford College. She has been a resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the Archie Bray Foundation. She has taught at Ohio University, The Ohio State University, and Juniata College, as well as at art centers such as Arrowmont School of Crafts and Anderson Ranch Arts Center.
Yoppolo’s incredible background is not surprising considering the amazing body of work she boasts. Each aspect of her history seems to further explain the unique social qualities and references to relationships and food culture in her ceramic objects.
When I first stumbled upon Yoppolo’s work at NCECA the first thing that came to mind was: luscious. Gwendolyn Yoppolo’s work is simply luscious. The forms, the incredible glazes which compliment the forms so nicely, and the distinctive qualities and personality of the pieces all add such depth to the work. The softness, yet clarity and presence of Yoppolo’s work is just so aesthetically pleasing on so many level while maintaining a wonderful combination of both form and function – beauty and utility. Each piece or set is intimate and welcoming, yet also contains conceptual undercurrents of socialization and relationships. I am not sure what more to say except I LOVE her work!
Post by Jamie Woodard
Sources and Images: