Yiyi Mendoza is a ceramic artist native to California and currently based in Upstate New York. Her body of work includes several unique collections. All pieces are made by hand and in small batches. Expressions of spirituality, the Mojave desert, Egyptian culture and her Mexican ancestry are present in the clay through these forms.
“I am interested in the culture of craft and the connections that it can provide for us. Objects are fundamental to the meaning and execution of rituals. Yet, in a time when there are excessive mass produced items, we lack the substance that they fail to provide. My work revives a sacredness in objects that is particular to material and process. The act of making with earth is centering and connected to the truer nature of co-creators that is deep within us. As makers we are responsible to bring to this world creations that matter. I continue to learn this while exploring forms that provide a purpose.”