Clare Finin


BFA Alumni

Major: Ceramics

Graduation Year: 2013

Artist Statement:

As an artist I am curious about how we interact with and place value on the objects in our lives. Why do we impose human feelings towards certain things? How do they communicate with us through their materiality and decoration? My work investigates our relationship with objects by pulling on the rich history of the decorative arts to decode the language of objects, and challenge the myth of history that they exist in.


Clare Finin is a maker, researcher, educator, and writer currently living in Champaign, Illinois. Her work and research practice focuses on objects, memory, and sentimentality. Finin received her BFA in Metalsmithing + Jewelry with a minor in Art History from the Maine College of Art and her MFA in Studio Art/Metal with a graduate minor in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.