gwendolyn yoppolo is a maker, thinker, and educator whose sensuous designs challenge the ways we nourish ourselves and others within contemporary food culture. Through a minimalist design that attracts the quiet eye and responsive touch, her forms invite you to access your own silence, listening to the echoes of her gestures for the sounds of your own resonance. Her work goes beyond the visual and tactile to engage our mental and emotional ways of perceiving our world.
Solo Exhibition in the Korman Gallery of The Clay Studio of Philadelphia
Making is a way for me to feel out the space carved by my gestures, and to outline that space with matter so I can offer it out to other bodies. The material container created is only of necessity; it holds forth the space more than it insists on its own presence, ideally disappearing into the felt experience of the work.
Two of my pieces were chosen as Finalists for the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics. They will be on display during the exhibition at Seilers' Studio and Gallery, 129 South Seventh Street, Zanesville, OH 43701. You can read more about the Zanesville Prize at http://zanesvilleprize.org/
Workshop at The Clay Studio of Philadelphia
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.