Michelle Erickson

Artist Statement

My career-long interest in ceramic history has led to my discovery of lost ceramic techniques employed by English, European and Asian potters in the Colonial period. As I use these techniques in my ceramic work, I explore the broader social, political, and environmental context of the period and address issues of invasion, cultural conflict, human rights, and profiteering that dominate our modern geopolitical world. Through my understanding of these forgotten technological processes with their specific historical context, the past becomes the present.

Michelle Erickson is one of the exhibiting artists for ENOUGH VIOLENCE: Artists Speak Out.


Selected Exhibitions


21st Century Heirlooms, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

New Blue and White, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA

Mock Bite, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX



Covet, Ferrin Gallery, Sculptural Objects and Functional Art, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY

Here & NowSelection of New Acquisitions, Seattle Art Museum, NCECA, Seattle, WA

Inspired By The Past, solo exhibition, Staniar Gallery, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

Potter’s Field, Artist in Residence Exhibit, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England



The Body Politic, installation, The Chipstone Galleries, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Tradition & Modernity, solo exhibition, Visual Art Center, Richmond VA

Selected Grants and Awards

2013 Visiting Artist, Influence and History: Blue and White Chinese Ceramics, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, MA

2012 Artist in Residence, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

2012 Residency Collaboration, Nike Olympic Track and Field Innovation, London, England


Selected Publications

Erickson, Michelle. “Spotlight: History Lesson.” Ceramics Monthly, September 2012.

Hunter, Robert. “Conflict Ceramics.” Ceramic Review Magazine. Issue 232. July/ August 2008: 38-41.

Pasori, Cedar. “Portfolio Review: Ceramic Artist Michelle Erickson…” Complex Magazine Art & Design.  April 2013.


Selected Collections

The Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

New-York Historical Society, New York, NY

Potteries Museums, Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA


Website: www.michelleericksonceramics.com