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1982 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA


2016 Artist in Residence /Visiting Artist StarWorks NC
2016 Artist in Residence Visual Arts Center Richmond VA
2013 - 2014 Proffessional Fellowship Award Virginia, Museeum of Fine Arts
2013 Artist in Residence, Bideford art center North Devon Festival of Pottery
2012 Artist in Residence Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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2001 - present Regular Contributor, Ceramics in America
1995 - present Co-Owner, PERIOD DESIGNS, Yorktown, VA
1993 - present Owner, Michelle Erickson Pottery Inc.
1987 - 1993 Owner, Artifacts Pottery
1987 - 1990 Master Potter, Jamestown National Park
1985 - 1987 Master Potter, Busch Gardens
1983 - 1985 Potter, Decorator (brushwork), Holdcroft Stoneware
1982 - 1983 Potter, Busch Gardens


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2016 Delhom Lecture Series Contemporary Clay with Michelle Erickson Mint Museum
2016 Exhibition Symposium "You & I Are Earth" Wilton House Museum
2016 Faculty Women Working In Clay Conference Hollins Universtiy NC
2016 Residency Symposium Visual Arts Center Richmond VA
2016 Firefest Guest Artist Lecture StarWorks NC
2015 Made In America: Baskets Pickles and Barley Corn
Lecture Demonstration, Colonial Williamsburg conference Declaring Independence: American Ceramics in The Making
2015 Object Lab Chipstone Foundation Milwaukee Wisconsin
2015 Master Class Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
2015 Mint Museum Think Tank, sponsored by the Chipstone Foundation, Mint Museum, Charlotte NC
2015 Lecture Demonstration Colonial Williamsburg’s 66th annual Antiques Forum
2014 Exhibition Lecture sponsored by the CCSC Bruce Museum May 12th
2014 Solo Exhibition demonstration lecture Clay Art Center NY, May 10th
2014 Guest Artist Metropolitan Museum of Art Friday focus Series: An artist Perspective: The Robert Ellison Jr Collection of French Ceramics. April 25th
2014 Demonstrating Artist North Carolina Potters Conference
2014 Demonstrating Artist NCECA 2014
2013 Visiting Artist Symposium Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX
2013 International Guest Artist North Devon Festival of Pottery: A New England Cargo Bideford, UK
2013 Michelle Erickson Office of the Arts Visiting Artist Harvard University: Influence and History: Blue and White Chinese Ceramics
2012 Residency Collaboration with Nike 2012 Olympic Track and Field Innovation. Kristina Gerig, Material Designer Running Footwear and Brett Holts Track and Field Product Line Manager
2012 Open Studios London design Festival 2012 V&A London
2012 World Class Ceramics Resident: Michelle Erickson Work In Progress Seminar with Makers: Clare Twomney, Conor Wilson, Pheobe Cummings, Carol McNicoll, V&A London
2012 Artist in Residence The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2012 Here & Now, Gallery Talk NCECA 2012 Seattle Art Museum
2010 Lecture Demonstration The Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee Wisconsin
2009 Lecture Demonstration The Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee Wisconsin
2008 Lecture Demonstration, Making a Pickle Stand, The Art of Bonnin and Morris. Philadelphia Museum of Art
2007 Lecture Demonstration, Picking up the Pieces, Decorative Arts Trust, Dewitt Wallace Museum of Decorative Arts, Williamsburg, VA
2007 Lecture Demonstration, Contemporary Casting, The Potters Council, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
2006 Lecture Demonstration, Slipware and agateware, The Potteries Museum Stoke on Trent, UK
2004 Lecture Demonstration, Slipware Traditions, Milwaukee Art Museum
2003 Lecture Demonstration, Lacoste Gallery, After Pallisy. Concord MA
2003 Lecture and Demonstration, Eastfield Village Ceramic Seminar, East Nassau, NY
2003 Lecture and Demonstration, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
2002 Lecture and Demonstration, Historic Deerfield Inc. Symposium: “Delftware: A Delicate Deception”
2002 Lecture and Demonstration, Ceramics in America Conference, Winterthur Museum, DE
2001 “Two Thousands Years of Making British Ceramics" Lecture and demonstration at the Milwaukee Art Museum
2000 Lecture and Demonstration, Eastfield Village Ceramic Seminar, East Nassau, New York
1999 Lecture and Demonstration, Department of Art History and Fine Art. University of Wisconsin, Madison
2000 Lecturer, Sotheby’s Institute the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
1999 Period Ceramic Techniques Lecture & Demonstration, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Antiques Forum (1994, 1996, 1999)
1999 Lecture and Demonstration, Eastfield Village Ceramic Seminar, East Nassau, New York
1998 Lecture and Demonstration, Joint Conference of Society for Historical Archaeology and Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, Yorktown, VA
1998 Lecture and Demonstration - Wedgwood Society of New York
1998 Lecture and Demonstration, Eastfield Village Ceramic Seminar, East Nassau, New York
1997 Lecture and Demonstration - British Museum; Museum of Mankind, London
1997 Lecturer, Sotheby’s Institute at Winterthur Museum, Delaware
1997 Lecture and Demonstration - Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
1997 Lecture and Demonstration, Eastfield Village Ceramic Seminar, East Nassau, New York
1996 Period Ceramic Techniques Lecture & Demonstration, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Antiques Forum, Williamsburg, VA
1995 - 1997 Ceramic Consultant on archaeological resurvey of Jamestown, Colonial National Park, Williamsburg, VA
1994 Period Ceramic Techniques Lecture & Demonstration, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Antiques Forum, Williamsburg, VA
1992 Period Ceramic Techniques Lecture & Demonstration, Decorative Arts Class, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
1986 Demonstration of Polychrome Brushwork for Wedgwood Society at DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA


2014 NCECA 2014 Catalogue Demonstrating Artist Profile
2011 How to Create Agateware Pottery…Ceramic Arts Daily, April
2009 Making a Fiance Ring Bottle, Ceramics in America 2009, The Chipstone Foundation
2009 Making a Moravian Squirrel Bottle, Ceramics in America 2009, The Chipstone Foundation
2008 Fit for a Queen, Ivor Noel Hume, Ceramics in America 2008; The Chipstone Foundation
2008 Confrontational Ceramics, Judith Schwartz
2007 Making a Bonnin and Morris Pickle Stand. Ceramics in America 2007
2007 Art in Review, New York Times
2006 The Yixing Effect, Marvin Sweet
2004 500 Figures in Clay, Lark Books
2003 “Swirls and Whirls: English and American Agateware Technology”Ceramics in America 2003, The Chipstone Foundation
2001 “Dots Dashes and Squiggles: Early English Slipware Technology” Ceramics in America 2001, The Chipstone Foundation
1999 “The Green Spring Planter” Early American Life Magazine (April)


2015 Master Class and Exhibition Conversations in Clay, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
2014 Metropolitan Museum of Art Lecture Demonstration, METMEDIA
2014 NCECA Demonstrating Artist Interview and Demonstration
2013 V&A Channel
2013 Deception: Ceramics and Imitation, Video installation V&A Ceramics Room 146. Aug 2013- March 2014
2011 The Potters Art: The Making of a Moravian Squirrel Bottle
2009 Making a Delft Posset Pot, The Chipstone Galleries, Milwaukee Art Museum.(Courtesy of Historic Deerfield Inc.)
2009 Agateware Technology DVD, The Chipstone Galleries, Milwaukee Art Museum (excerpt from Ceramics in America 2003)
2002 “Making a Delft Posset Pot.” Produced for Historic Deerfield Inc.’s exhibit: “Delftware: A Delicate Deception”
2001 Milwaukee Art Museum, Ceramic Installation and Video Display of 18th-century ceramic technology
2000 “Early Colonial American Pottery Techniques” Produced for Colonial Williamsburg’s Annual Antiques Forum
1996 “Making a Puzzle Jug” Produced for Colonial Williamsburg’s exhibit: “Revolution in Taste”


2016 cfile.daily Michelle Erickson’s Social Justice Ceramics...
2016 1858 Prize Finalist Michelle Erickson: Gibbes Museum Of Art
2015 Vice News: Erickson Makes Pottery Political, by Lauren Oyler
2015 CFile: Exhibition, Michelle Erickson, Conversations In Clay, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.
2015 Artsy Conversations In Clay, by Alison Byrne
2015 AltDaily Friday Featured Artist: by Richard Nickel
2014 Demonstrating Artist Profile, NCECA Journal 2014
2014 Complex Magazine Feb 2014, Kaitlyn Schaeffer
2013 Artist Portfolio Review Complex Magazine Art & Design April 2013
2013 Ceramic Review Magazine, Agate Teapot May/June2013. Portrait Of An Artist, Harvard Crimson, Lulu H. Kirk
2012 Ceramics Monthly Spotlight September 2012
2012 The Magazine Antiques, July Aug Issue
20122 William & Mary Alumni Portfolio
2009 The Present Learns From the Past, The Magazine Antiques September 2009. Eleanor H. Gustafson
2009 “Slipware Marbleizing” Pottery Making Illustrated, Jan/Feb 2009. Michelle Erickson and Robert Hunter
2008 Michelle Erickson, Korean Ceramics Monthly
2008 “Fit for a Queen” Ceramics in America 2008, Ivor Noel Hume
2008 “Conflict Ceramics” Ceramic Review July/Aug issue UK, Robert Hunter
2008 "The Ceramic Works of Michelle Erickson” 9th Annual New York Ceramics Fair Catalogue, Robert Hunter
2008 “Glazes of Gory” Art & Antiques Collectors Sourcebook Winter 2008, Marilyn Fish
2007 “Art of Recreation” Virginia Living Magazine,October 2007, Anne Wright
2004 “Specializing in the Diverse” Kerameiki Techni ( July) By Rob Hunter
2004 “Cataclysmic Ceramics”, Studio Potter (January) By Robert Hunter
2003 “Making History”, Ceramic Review (March/April) by Robert Hunter
2002 “Michelle Erickson”, American Craft (August/September) by Glenn Adamson
2001 “The Stylized Works of Michelle Erickson” Ceramics: Art and Perception. Issue No. 46 by Robert Hunter
1999 “Period Designs,” William and Mary Alumni Magazine (Fall)
1998 “Masterworks: Period Designs in Yorktown,” Colonial Homes (May)
1996-1997 “The Freshest Advices” Colonial Williamsburg Journal (Winter)
1995 “At Period Designs,” Early American Life (April)


The Chipstone Foundation
The Long Beach Museum of Art
Milwaukee Art Museum
Museum of Arts & Design
Peabody Essex
New-York Historical Society
Mint Museum of Craft and Design
Potteries Museums Stoke on Trent
Yale University Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum
The Carnegie Museum of Art
The Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts
The Reeves Collection
Seattle Art Museum
Cincinnati Art Museum
Arkansas Arts Center
The Sonny and Gloria Kamm Collection
Pamela K and William A Royall Collection
Nicholas and Shelley Schorsch Collection

Received the 2013-14 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship Award.