Katrina Tompkins is a practicing furniture maker, advocator for craft, educator and student alike.
Katrina has been making furniture for over a decade; her formal education in furniture making began at the School of Craft and Design at Sheridan College. Katrina is currently completing a Masters of Design degree at OCAD University.
Katrina gained great insight into making while spending time apprenticing in the studios of renowned makers Michael Fortune (Warsaw, Ontario), and Mike Paterson (Upper Amherst Cove, Newfoundland), and while traveling to craft institutions such as Anderson Ranch (Snowmass, Colorado), and Haystack Mountain School of Craft (Deer Isle, Maine). Katrina is an active member of Craft Ontario, she exhibits her work regularly, and has been honoured to receive awards and recognition for her design and fabrication of furniture. Katrina has taught furniture making and woodworking at the degree granting level at both OCAD University and Sheridan College.
Katrina is the founder of Finefolk, a furniture studio on County Rd. 5 in Picton where workshops in making are also taught for all skill levels. Katrina is fascinated and inspired by the vernacular furniture history of this region and is grateful to call Prince Edward County home.
The name ‘Finefolk’ represents the trifecta of foundational elements that inspire the direction of her business: fine furniture, which is the term recognized for furniture that is carefully crafted by a skilled maker; folk furniture, which is the vernacular furniture of our ancestors; and fine folk, for our collective histories and the fine folks who make up this community today.See The Work
344 County Rd 5 (aka Johnson St.), Picton
Open by appointment with regular hours beginning Spring 2019.