Kathryn Finnerty is a studio potter living and working in Pleasant Hill, Oregon.
Finnerty was invited to the McKnight Residency program through a nominative process involving past resident artists and other leaders in the field of ceramics. Since 2000, she has owned Pleasant Hill Pottery in Eugene, Oregon, where she also teaches at Lane Community College.
Finnerty has recently had one-person exhibitions at Schaller Gallery and Red Lodge Clay Center. She has contributed to many other exhibitions, including at Santa Fe Clay, LUX Center for the Arts, James Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the American Pottery Festival at NCC. Her work is carried by AKAR Gallery, Pewabic Gallery, and The Clay Studio Philadelphia, and several others. Her exquisitely decorated surfaces have been featured in Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface (Robin Hopper, 2004) and others, including 500 Teapots (vol. 1, 2002, and vol. 2, 2013) and 500 Pitchers (2005).
Her work has drawn inspiration from 19th century English pottery, particularly Victorian majolica, with classically inspired designs, raised-line relief, and sprig and sgraffito images. Her current body of work is evolving through an “abstracted landscape narrative,” and involves larger, slab-constructed vessels; her use of bright, harmonious colors is evident throughout.