Erin grew up in the farmlands of Illinois, spending her non-school time exploring the fields, timber and creeks, accumulating scars in old barns, playing softball and swimming, fawning over spring kittens, and making home crafts including counted cross stitch, painting, and drawing.
After graduating from Iowa State University with a bachelors in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Studies, Erin turned her focus to a new love—taekwondo. She currently co-instructs the APR Taekwondo program with her husband. She loves coaching the competition team and looks forward to the national championships every summer.
Missing the creative process and reward of working with her hands, Erin went looking for a new artistic outlet and took a wheel-throwing workshop in the winter of 2012. Clay became an addiction, and she quit her day-job to be a full-time potter in 2015.
Her current work is influenced by organic textures, art-deco/nouveau patterns, and gothic architecture. One line includes semi-functional, pierced fruit bowls and vases—these are useable, but extremely delicate and many hours are invested in each piece. The other line of work is similarly influenced, but has layers of surface decoration, notably mishima (underglaze inlay), water etching, and gold luster.
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Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
If you are located near Ames, IA please convo me if you'd like to pick up your order. :)
All items are shipped with USPS Priority Mail and will include a tracking number and insurance.
Shipping costs primarily cover only the cost of shipping, but may also include costs associated with packaging. Ceramics require packing paper, sturdy cardboard boxes and bubble wrap for safe travel. If the actual shipping cost ends up being drastically different from what you're charged, I'll refund the difference.
I haven't listed prices for shipping internationally because it can be prohibitively expensive, but am happy to offer an estimate and ship anything you'd like. Please convo me with your ship-to address if you would like a shipping estimate for specific items in my shop.
You are welcome to convo me if you have a question about shipping costs or delivery times.
Refunds and Exchanges
I would like you to be happy with your purchase. If for some reason you are not satisfied please convo me within five days of receipt. The buyer is responsible for safe return of work and return shipping costs to receive a refund.
Additional policies and FAQs
My handmade pottery is designed for everyday use and enjoyment, however it does require more careful handling than mass-produced ceramics.
• Please avoid using in the microwave or directly on the stovetop. Uneven heating can cause damage. Items with gold luster are absolutely not microwave safe!
• All glazes are food and dishwasher safe, however, hand-washing with a mild dish soap is recommended.
• Avoid sudden temperature fluctuations (putting a cold item directly into a hot oven, or a hot item in the fridge/freezer).
• Do not pour boiling stovetop water directly into handmade ware. "Pre-warming" pieces by filling with hot tap water prior to pouring hot water for coffee or tea is recommended.
• Unglazed pottery is porous and can absorb water—that applies to the bottom/foot of all my pieces. Please make sure an item is completely dry before storing, and use a coaster on delicate surfaces.