Katrina Tompkins
2015 Award: Kingcrafts/Lady Flavelle Scholarship

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.

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Horses
Sandblasted Pine, Leather

Splined Comb
Roasted Ash

Cork / Corian Board - Bat
Cork, Corian

Cork / Corian Board - Paddle
Cork, Corian

Service Board
Walnut

Rhinocetoss
Basswood, Urethane Rubber

Pony Up
Reclaimed Mahogany, Leather

Pony Up (Detail)
Reclaimed Mahogany, Leather

Overcapacity Chair
Walnut, Brass Hardware

Overcapacity Chair (Open)
Walnut, Brass Hardware

Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.