Heather Mae Erickson

Philadelphia Freedom

Philadelphia Freedom was created in remembrance of my time as a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA from 2006-2009. The body of the piece is reminiscent of the Century (Centennial) Vase which was created for the U.S. Centennial Expo which was held in Philly in 1976. Philadelphia Freedom honors one of our Founding Fathers, known as the nation’s first gay friendly ambassador, maker, inventor and entrepreneur. 2006 marked Franklin’s 300th birthday known as the tercentenary. He aided with escapes from prosecution and also printed the first homoerotic publication.  His quote “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn” hits home for me personally as well as professionally.