How to make a carved double walled vase – with Erin Carpenter

Learn how to throw & assemble a double walled vase.

After taking this workshop, you could be creating beautiful work like this:

You get:

✔ Watch my Workshop
We will all meet up online to watch my workshop demo and Q&A.

Live Q&A
After our online workshop, we will meet up for a live Q&A where you can ask me any questions about the process.

Lifetime Access to the Replays
The workshop Q&A will be recorded, and you will have lifetime access to it. You can watch it online, or download it to your device to watch offline at any time.

Equipment List as a PDF download.
Here I have listed all the things you need to get started right away, and the links to buy them online, in one easy printable PDF document.


Erin Carpenter (she/her) is an emerging ceramic artist. Her work strives to capture the paradoxical strength and delicacy of porcelain; and offers a contemporary perspective on historic architectural patterns and vintage design motifs.


Objects reflect ourselves. My porcelain pots are wheel thrown and feature meticulous carving in original patterns. I draw my inspiration from historical reticulated porcelain, reinterpreted with art nouveau inspired patterns, and filtered through a contemporary lens. 

After throwing and trimming I use a soft pencil to lay out a grid as a base for the design to be carved. I then sketch the pattern, starting with a simple series of arches and adding overlapping layers until I am satisfied with the aesthetics. Then I score each cut and evaluate the piece for structural strength. My carving tools are simple: a #11 Exacto blade, a pin tool, small sponges, and paintbrushes. Everything is terribly delicate before firing, but afterwards is durable enough for everyday, mindful use. 

I’ve found porcelain to be an ideal medium for exploring the duality of strength and delicacy. The almost-symmetrical patterns lend an enchanting elegance and heighten the perceived fragility to each overall form. The conversation between imperfection and beauty, power and acquiescence, strength and delicacy all resonate with my own humanity.

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Workshop Includes

  • 1 Lesson
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