Growing up in Newfoundland , Katrina’s creativity and desire to be a maker was nurtured by her beloved grandmother, who made a livelihood with her colorful quilts and hand-hooked rugs. A visit to Memorial University Extension Services (St. John’s) resulted in pottery lessons that ignited a passion and cemented a lifetime career in Ceramics.
Katrina studied ceramics at NSCAD in Halifax, and Alfred University in New York State. She has taught at colleges and universities across Canada. Since 2001, she had been a permanent member of the faculty at the Alberta College of Art and Design.
Alongside her profession as a teacher, she maintains an active studio practice and participation in solo, national and international exhibitions. Katrina has also conducted numerous workshops and residency and research opportunities have afforded her rich and rewarding work experiences in Mexico, Greece, and Crete, the United States and research travel through Italy, France and England. In 2007, Katrina was one of ten Canadian ceramic artists invited to participate in a month-long residency at the FuLe International Ceramics Art Museums (FLICAM) at FuPing, Shaanxi, China, creating work for the Canadian Museum permanent collection. She is grateful to have her work recognized through a number of awards including the Alberta Craft Council Award of Honour in 2010.
In my current work, I “mine” our digital culture, embedding computer icons and symbols into decorative compositions on my ceramic works; synthesizing the digital with a decorative intent. Computer icons are signs of the technological environment of our 21st century society that permeates both the personal and public domains of our lives, as we navigate and communicate in this digital terrain of hashtags, @’s, cursors and clouds. Beauty and “delighting the eye”, which is decoration’s primary role, is achieved when the icons are repeated, layered, patterned, overlapped and imbued with coloured glazes on the surfaces of my pottery.