Michelle Erickson, a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a BFA in Fine and Performing Arts, lives in Yorktown, Virginia. The owner of her own pottery company, she reproduces ceramics from archeological sites and the acquired collections of organizations such as Colonial Williamsburg, the National Park Services, Parks Canada, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Historic Deefrield. The following is a statement from the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art regarding her exhibition Conversations in Clay (May 21 – August 16). In it, the artist showcases works that draw on her extensive historical knowledge of ceramic production, combined with contemporary narratives. In addition she is one of the artists included the exhibition, Trophies and Prey: A Contemporary Bestiary, curated by Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio at Peter’s Projects (Santa Fe, August 6 – October 6, 2015) that will, in part, benefit the CFile Foundation.
Above image: Michelle Erickson, Green Pickle Stand
Internationally acclaimed artist, Michelle Erickson creates thought-provoking sculptural works that comment on life in the 21st century. Years of scholarly research into lost ceramics arts from the 17th and 18th centuries inform her narrative works. In this exhibition, Conversations in Clay, Erickson infuses these rediscovered arts with social, political, and environmental observations to create masterful works that engage and inspire.
Erickson’s artwork has collections in major museums, such as the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Museum of Art & Design (NY), and the Carnegie Museum of Art (PA). She lectures and demonstrates her work for institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and has consulted on and designed ceramics for several major motion pictures such as The Patriot and The New World, and most recently the HBO series John Adams. She was even asked to craft a royal gift to present Queen Elizabeth II on her 2007 visit to Jamestown, Virginia.
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3 thoughts on "Exhibition | Michelle Erickson, “Conversations in Clay” at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art"
I met Michelle at the V&A when she was artist in residence. She had made moulds using kids plastic frogs. She allowed my kids to use the moulds to make clay frogs. My kids and I loved meeting her and have not forgotten the experience.
I love how her works are inspired by the ceramic discourse I especially like her piece titled Potter’s Field using slip trailed decorated earthenware in the method of 18th century Staffordshire slipware traditions.
Michelle is an artist and designer of amazing skill and fantastic imagination. Seeing an exhibit of her work is always a remarkable experience.