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Erin Carpenter

Ames, Iowa

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 usable, 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.