Patrick L. Dougherty began making pots in 1973 as a part-time student at Northern Kentucky University while working full-time as a social worker in Newport, KY. He left that position in 1976 and enrolled at NKU as a full-time student. Since he already had a BA degree, he received a BFA two years later in 1978. He then received an MFA degree from Clemson University in 1980.

His first teaching position was at Edgecliff College of Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. He left Edgecliff in 1982 when he accepted a position of teaching Ceramics and 3-Dimensional Design at NKU from 1983-1986. Since 1986, he has been a full-time studio potter with studios in Cincinnati, (1986-1994); New Orleans, (1994-1996) and Penland, NC, (1996-2005), returning to Cincinnati in 2005 where he currently has a studio in Lower Price Hill.

He has won numerous awards and recognition for his work in many national andinternational exhibitions and competitions. In addition, he has received several public and private commissions. His work is included in many public and private collections and has been featured in eleven books including Masters: Earthenware, an international survey of 40 of the leading ceramic artists using earthenware clay.