Striking Serveware: Handbuilding Techniques for Distinctive Forms

In this video, Gwendolyn Yoppolo demonstrates how she combines basic handbuilding techniques to create elegant and distinctive, one-of-a-kind serving vessels—serveware—that turn serving food into an artform in its own right. If you strive to make eye-catching pottery that really makes a statement on the tabletop, Gwendolyn is the perfect guide!

Runtime: Approximately 1 hour, 43 minutes

Check out the free excerpt above! CLAYflicks subscribers can view the full-length video by clicking the orange links below!



Chapter 1 – Building a Two-Part Condiment Server
Chapter 2 – Building the Spoons
Chapter 3 – Cleaning up the Condiment Server
Chapter 4 – Cleaning and Shaping the Spoons
Chapter 5 – Finishing Touches
Chapter 6 – Making a Bump Mold
Chapter 7 – Building on the Bump Mold
Chapter 8 – Final Clean Up

Need help using CLAYflicks? Click here for a helpful guide!

  • Play full video!

    This is member only content.

    If you are a CLAYflicks member, please Log In to view this video.

    If you are not a CLAYflicks member, Join Now.

See this video in our shop

Photo Gallery

Gwendolyn Yoppolo

About the Artist

Gwendolyn Yoppolo creates sensuous kitchen and tableware that uses the physical experience of hunger and satiation to allude to larger issues of human desire and relationship. A professional potter for more than 20 years, Gwendolyn earned a BA in sociology from Haverford College, an MA in education from Columbia University, and her MFA in ceramics from Penn State University. A passionate educator and thinker, as well as a maker, her writing can be found in Studio Potter and Pottery Making Illustrated magazines, and the book Passion and Pedagogy: Relation, Creation, and Transformation in Teaching. Currently Gwendolyn is an assistant professor of ceramics at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. To learn more about Gwendolyn, please visit

  • Suzyyne F.

    Thank you Gwendolyn for taking us on your intuitive journey working with porcelain! I loved your organic way of building and true openness to allowing the clay to have a relationship with you-a dance where sometimes it lead and you followed and others you guided and it responded. Beautiful experience. Thank you again.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Enter Your Log In Credentials
This setting should only be used on your home or work computer.

Larger version of the image
Send this to a friend