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Visiting Artist Workshop: Michelle Erickson

Presented by Ceramics Program

Location: Ceramics Studio, 224 Western Ave, Allston

Thursday, February 28th
10:00am - 4:00pm
Slide Presentation: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Internationally recognized for her mastery and reinterpretation of historical ceramic technique, Michelle Erickson joins us for a day of demonstration and slide presentation of her work. Her contemporary work makes use of arcane ceramic techniques to create historical narratives about political, social and environmental issues – both past and present. Regardless of time frame, Erickson's works are distinguished by insightful commentary on the universal character of the human spirit. Recently returned from a three-month, artist residency at The Victoria and Albert Museum, Erickson will share her experience in working amongst 5000 years of clay traditions represented as documented in her blog. Her highly sought creations are in the collections of major museums in America and England and documented in several volumes of the annual journal Ceramics In America.

"Endeavoring to rediscover the techniques once used by these potters during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries has spurred years of experimentation. In the course of this technological investigation, I also develop an awareness of the broader historical contexts surrounding these potting traditions. My approach has always challenged traditional explanations and conceptions about pre-industrial ceramics and the methods used to create them. I have sought to find the original language of the artifact itself to make a tangible connection to the present. Physically recreating these lost processes reinforces the irreplaceable significance of the hand even in the technological landscape of the twenty-first century."

Related Events
February 20th, 2013 - July 14, 2013
Exhibiting artist at the "New Blue and White" Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Foster Gallery, 158.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Featured speaker at "Two-Point Perspective Gallery Talk" entitled, Influence and History:  Blue and White Chinese Ceramics with Robert D. Mowry, Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, Harvard Art Museums and Melissa A. Moy, Cunningham Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, Harvard Art Museums.

w/ Michelle Erickson
Thursday, February 28, 6 - 7:30 pm
Lacoste Gallery, Concord MA
Exhibition: Contemporary Spins on Blue and White Ceramics
group exhibition of 18 internationally renowned artists on view
February 9 through March 10.
Gallery Talk: History meets Contemporary in American Ceramics
Robert Hunter, Editor of Ceramics in America

Erickson's work has been represented by the Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA and the Lacoste Gallery in Concord, MA.

Artist's Bio
Michelle Erickson is a graduate of The College of William and Mary with a B.F.A. in Fine and Performing Arts. In addition to her considerable contemporary ceramic work, Erickson has over twenty years experience in working with 17th and 18th century reproduction pottery. As owner of Michelle Erickson Pottery, Inc., she reproduces ceramics from archeological and acquired collections for organizations such as Colonial Williamsburg, the National Park Service, Parks Canada, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Historic Deerfield. She has lectured and demonstrated her work widely for scholarly groups and institutions.

Examples of her contemporary work are in the collections of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design; The Museum of Art and Design, NY; The Peabody Essex; The Long Beach Museum of Art; the Milwaukee Art Museum; The Chipstone Foundation; The New-York Historical Society; the Potteries Museums, Stoke on Trent; Yale University Art Gallery; The Carnegie Museum of Art; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. She has consulted on and designed ceramics for several major motion pictures such as The Patriot, The Time Machine, The New World and the recent HBO series John Adams. Also Ms. Erickson has co-authored a series of articles Illustrating her seminal work in the rediscovery of arcane ceramic techniques in the prestigious annual journal Ceramics in America edited by Robert Hunter and published by The Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee WI.

For more information on Michelle Erickson, please visit her website and blog.

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