Yinka Orafidiya

Yinka Orafidiya is a socially-engaged ceramic artist based in Philadelphia and founder of “Crafting Community,” an initiative to foster social connection through shared artistic experiences. She completed an advanced pottery intensive with master potters in Ghana, West Africa and has also participated in residencies at Moravian Pottery and Tile Works (PA), the International Ceramics Studio (Kecskemet, Hungary), and Watershed (ME). Yinka has received a Multicultural Fellowship from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, and multiple awards from The Leeway Foundation, including the prestigous Transformation Award in 2019. She is currently building the foundation for the OYA Studio Museum, a host residency space that supports and collects the work of Black ceramic artists across the African diaspora.

Last updated: May 27, 2022