Following a recent residency at the V&A, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the internationally renowned ceramicist Michelle Erickson will be holding a talk at White Moose on 19th September, 7-9pm, as part of the North Devon Festival of Pottery.
Based in Virginia, USA, Michelle Erickson uses traditional techniques to create work that addresses political, social and environmental issues often of a global relevance:
“At first glance, her elegant creamware forms appear to be visual reminders of days gone by, but just beyond the glittering surface is her response to the harsh realities of global conditions that have changed very little in the exploitation of the poorest populations in the quest for rich natural resources.” Robert Hunter, Ceramic Review
As part of her practice, Michelle Erickson is particularly interested in engaging with materials local to the places around the world that she visits. During her stay in North Devon in September, she will be making new work from the famous Fremington (or Combrew) clay on which the pottery industry of North Devon was founded. She also hopes to make pieces with Virginia clay and have them fired in a Bideford kiln and will be creating some unique pots in Bideford inspired by those exported to Jamestown, USA, in 1650, using identical materials.
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