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September 14, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Hosts Internationally Known Ceramics Artist Michelle Erickson Sept. 24

Colonial Williamsburg’s Museum Store hosts ceramics artist Michelle Erickson from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Guests can meet the artist and see her ceramic reproductions that are on display in the Museum Store. The Museum Store is located inside the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg, Va.

Erickson discusses the 18th-century process she used to create these amazing works of art. Most recently she has reproduced works found at the 18th-century R. Charlton Coffeehouse site, Colonial Williamsburg’s first major reconstruction on Duke of Gloucester Street in 50 years.

She has worked with Colonial Williamsburg for 30 years studying and re-creating ceramic pieces from Williamsburg’s extraordinary collection of 17th- and 18th-century British and American pottery.

Internationally recognized for her considerable contemporary work and her scholarship related to the rediscovery of historic ceramic techniques, Erickson’s historic re-creations of delft, slipware and porcelain are unparalleled. Referencing museum examples and archeological ceramics from colonial American sites Erickson has unlocked many the mysteries of early pottery production, developing formulas for slips, glazes, clays and materials. These exclusive wares are hand thrown and decorated in her Hampton atelier.

Erickson’s research has benefitted an international cast of historians, archeologists, museum curators and collectors. She has lectured and demonstrated for such institutions as the British Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, the Wedgwood International Seminar, Sotheby’s Art Institute, and Colonial Williamsburg’s Antiques Forum. Her contemporary ceramic sculptures are included in the collections of the New-York Historical Society, the Peabody Essex Museum, Chipstone Foundation, the Victoria & Albert Museum UK, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Yale University Gallery, and the Museum Art and Design New York.

Erickson’s work has been featured in numerous national and international publications and she has co-authored several articles on her rediscovery of historic ceramic technology in Ceramics in America, published by the Chipstone Foundation. She has designed and produced ceramics for several major motion pictures, such as “The Patriot,” “The Time Machine,” “The New World” and most recently the HBO series, “John Adams.”

She is a graduate of the College of William & Mary with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

Her work will be on display at the Museum Store through Oct. 17.

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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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