Heather Mae Erickson is an artist, a craftsperson and a designer. Erickson earned her BFA at The University of the Arts, majoring in Crafts specializing in Ceramics with a concentration in Art Education. Continuing her studies at Cranbrook Academy of Art, she earned an MFA in Ceramic Art. After the following summer as a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, Erickson was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to conduct independent research at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland from 2004-2005. Afterwards she resided in Philadelphia where she was a resident artist at The Clay Studio, and taught at The University of the Arts, Rowan University, and Arcadia University. Her work has been shown internationally and is represented in collections around the world. She has earned numerous awards, including first place for the Horizon Award presented by the Museum of Art and Design in New York and honorable mentions at the Korea Biennale International 2007 & 2009 Exhibitions. She was awarded an Independence Fellowship for a summer 2009 residency at The International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. Heather Mae was the 2009-2012 Robert Chapman Turner Teaching Fellow in Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In 2012 she moved to Colorado where she taught parttime at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Red Rocks Community College, Colorado Mountain College-Aspen Campus and Arapahoe Community College. She recently finished a visiting teaching artist sabbatical replacement for the 2013-14 academic year at CU Boulder. Heather Mae Erickson is the new assistant professor of ceramics at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and is now residing in Sylva, North Carolina.
— Heather Mae Erickson