Erickson earned her BFA at The University of the Arts and her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. After which she was a summer resident at the Archie Bray and was also awarded a Fulbright to study at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland from 2004-2005. Afterwards, she became a resident artist at the The Clay Studio, and taught at The University of the Arts, Rowan University, and Arcadia University. 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. She was the 2009-2012 Robert Chapman Turner Teaching Fellow in Ceramic Art at Alfred University. In 2012 she moved to Colorado where she taught at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Red Rocks Community College, Colorado Mountain College-Aspen Campus and Arapahoe Community College. The following year she was a visiting teaching artist / sabbatical replacement for the 2013-14 academic year at CU Boulder. Heather Mae is the newly appointed assistant professor and Ceramics Coordinator at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and now resides in Sylva, North Carolina.