Yinka Orafidiya is a ceramic artist in Philadelphia, PA. Her artwork is rooted in the desire to promote awareness of our shared humanity, connect, and effect social change. Yinka has completed residencies at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, the International Ceramics Studio, and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. She has received grants, fellowships, and other creative funding in support of her artwork. Currently, Yinka sustains a studio practice at The Allens Lane Art Center where she also teaches and works as an assistant studio technician.
I believe that interacting with a handmade object inexplicably links you to the spirit of the artist. Conscious awareness of this connection can lend a surreal quality to touching a pot created hundreds of years ago, or thousands of miles away. But even at the unconscious level, this subtle connection has the ability to invoke sensations of warmth, clarity, sensuality, and wholeness.
In a fractured world where loneliness and isolation run rampant, I find even a momentary sense of unity to be invaluable. And for me, providing such meaningful experiences for others is the most satisfying result that I hope to achieve with my work.