Raised in Cleveland, MaPó Kinnord is a ceramicist and sculptor who has been based in Louisiana since 1995. Her work explores both form and function, and it is driven by a physical interaction with the material as well as what she describes “the hard-won creative freedom that clay allows”. Exhibited widely in the US, Kinnord has also taught at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. She first began working with ceramics through a Quaker high school arts program in 1975 and apprenticed with several production potters before receiving a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. After living briefly in Berkeley, Kinnord earned an MFA from Ohio State University in 1994. She is presently an Associate Professor of Art at Xavier University of Louisiana.