Yolande was born in Vancouver, where she took her first pottery class at age three. She fell in love with the extreme process of wood-firing in her twenties. Yo has travelled with her work throughout Canada and to the US and Europe and has shown in solo and group exhibitions in Eastern Canada, Toronto, Vancouver, and France. In 2013, her work was represented by the Mindy Solomon Gallery (Miami, Florida) at SOFA Chicago (Sculptural Objects & Functional Art). Her pieces are collected internationally, one of her sculptural works, “Firebox Buddha”, resides in the permanent collection at the Burlington Arts Centre, Ontario, and her pieces can be found at the Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery in Kyoto, Japan. Yolande lives in rural New Brunswick, where she fires her 25-foot long anagama kiln with the help of her four kids.