Michelle Erickson

Am I Not

Hampton, VA
Porcelain. Photo: Gavin Ashworth

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 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. As I use these techniques in my ceramic work, I explore the broader social, political, and environmental context of colonialism to address 21st century 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.