Katrina Tompkins’ craft is guided by function. Her forms are a reflection of her interest in tradition, simplicity and play. Trained and experienced in wood furniture construction, her work has evolved with consumer demand to include small object design incorporating materials such as cork, plastics, metals and leather.
Themes such as multi-functionality, interactivity and texture explorations are reoccurring in Katrina’s work. She has received awards from Herman Miller, Design Lines, Ontario Wood Council, The Sam Maloof Foundation, and has also been recognized for her efforts towards sustainable design. Katrina shares her passion for woodworking with students at OCAD University, where she teaches wood exploration and furniture design within the Industrial Design faculty.
Katrina has spent time at Anderson Ranch in Colorado and Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine, which has greatly influenced her perspective on an appreciation for the craft community. Katrina has recently been accepted to OCADU’s Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program, and has completed courses in mould-making, Illustrator and Photoshop. Her graduate work will focus on developing a made-to-order furniture line that embodies her commitment to the craft of woodworking.