Growing up in Newfoundland, Katrina’s creativity was nurtured by her beloved grandmother, who sustained a livelihood through her fine craft practice of colorful quilts and hand-hooked rugs. With a desire to take art classes, Katrina’s tour through Memorial University Extension Services (St. John’s), with her aunt who worked there, resulted in after school pottery lessons that ignited a passion that led to a commitment of a lifetime career in Ceramics.
Katrina received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1983 and completed an MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York in 1986. The following years she traversed across Canada for short-term teaching positions including the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg), Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax), Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design (Vancouver), Sheridan College (Ontario) and the Alberta College of Art + Design (Calgary).
Katrina has also conducted numerous workshops from coast to coast to coast 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. In 2001, Katrina became a permanent member of the ceramics faculty at the Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary. Now a Professor Emeritus (retired June 2017), Katrina has relocated back to her Newfoundland home and will build a studio and continue an active pottery practice.