In 2012, Jerolyn Morrison hosted her first Minoan Tastes dinner. It was no surprise—she is a fine art potter and a Fulbright scholar that explored the topic of what is Minoan cooking, with a Ph.D in archeology specializing in the cooking vessels of ancient Crete. With this background and passion, there was clearly nowhere to go but straight to the dinnertable for a Minoan-style feast.
Jerolyn received a BFA in ceramics and a BA in anthropology and art history from Baylor University. In 2006, she received her masters from the University of Houston in archeology and geology. She completed her Ph.D at the University of Leicester in the UK. She trained and then taught at Penland School of Crafts, and she conducted archeology field work in Crete throughout all her studies, starting in 1997.
Since 1997, she has made Ierapetra her home base for research across the island, focusing on the everyday activities of the Minoan peoples. Jerolyn currently serves as a Senior Ceramic Specialist for the excavation projects of Mochlos and Papadiokambos in east Crete. She also serves as a Consulting Scholar at Penn Museum for the Mediterranean and co-chairs The New York Aegean Bronze Colloquium, a lecture series out of NYC focused on Bronze Age scholarship.
Her favorite thing to do is throw a new pot and have dinner with friends.