contemporary reticulated porcelain

Ames, Iowa 212 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (39)


contemporary reticulated porcelain

Ames, Iowa | 212 Sales

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Note from shop owner I will reopen and update the shop after the summer art fair season ends. Check back in early October. Thanks!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 5, 2019

I will reopen and update the shop after the summer art fair season ends. Check back in early October. Thanks!

Erin Carpenter

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Erin Carpenter


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Objects reflect ourselves. My work captures the paradoxical delicacy and strength of porcelain. I draw my inspiration from historical reticulated porcelain, reinterpreted with art nouveau inspired patterns, and filtered through a contemporary lens. The play of positive and negative space draws the viewer deep into the piece; when viewed from certain angles, the carving overlaps and creates additional depth and pattern. The physical tension at each intersection, together with imperfect symmetry, contradict the enchanting elegance and perceived fragility of each overall form. The conversation between strength and delicacy, tension and depth, imperfection and beauty all resonate with my own humanity.

I grew up in the farmlands of Illinois, spending my free time exploring the fields, timber and creeks, accumulating scars in old barns, playing softball and swimming, fawning over spring kittens, and making crafts at home.

After graduating from Iowa State University with a bachelors in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Studies, I turned my focus to a new love—taekwondo. I currently co-instruct the APR Taekwondo program with my husband. I especially love training with and coaching the competition team and look forward to the national championships every summer.

Missing the creative process and reward of working with my hands, I went looking for a new artistic outlet and took a wheel-throwing workshop in the winter of 2012. Clay became an addiction, and I quit my day-job to be a full-time potter in 2015.

Follow me on Instagram: erincarpenterpottery
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Send me an email: erin [!at]

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Shop policies

Last updated on May 7, 2019
Hello and welcome!

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
I must be notified immediately regarding work damaged in shipping, so that it may be reported to USPS. (I've never had a piece break during shipping.) Everything is insured, but the buyer is responsible for covering any shipping costs to return the item to ensure a refund.

I would like you to be happy with your purchase. If for some reason you are not satisfied please convo me ASAP. The buyer is responsible for safe return of work and return shipping costs to receive a refund.
Residents of IA will be charged sales tax.
Items ship in 1-3 business days.

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.
Additional policies and FAQs
All clay and glazes are food safe.

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.