Originally from Peru, Paola Evangelista comes from a family of thinkers, community-driven activists, and makers. Growing up in a household grounded in the tradition of craft-making, Evangelista was first drawn to and practiced garment design. Evangelista was first introduced to clay—which soon became her focus—at Central Connecticut State University (New Britain) where she earned her BA in art in 2012. Since then, she has continued to purse her never-ending curiosity of ceramic materials, and the expression of her worldview through clay. In 2020, Evangelista completed the MN NICE program at Northern Clay Center under the mentorship of Ursula Hargens.