Karen Fincannon

Karen Fincannon


Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts-  Gatlinburg, TN

Photography and Art History-  State University of New York, Potsdam

I have always been an artist.  My first customers were students on the school bus who paid me for my paper dolls.  Over the years, I have worked in a variety of mediums, and now primarily work in clay and acrylic paint.  Eventually, I earned degrees in Photography and Art History from the State University of New York in Potsdam. After taking a tile making workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan, I never went back to the darkroom. 

After a couple of years making the relief tiles, I took a workshop with Lana Wilson at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, which changed my entire way of working with clay. 

My pieces are all one of a kind, handbuilt ceramic.  I like to incorporate both text and texture in my work.  I have a large collection of rubber stamps, texture mats and texture stamps, some which I have made myself, and I use these to stamp my pieces.  I like experimenting with my own glazes and different commercial underglazes and glazes to achieve bright, happy colors. 

My work is primarily whimsical. I like to make art that makes people smile.  I have a great job!  I get to spend my days making art and weekends sharing it with others.