The purity of nature and the Asian art aesthetic have always inspired me and I find clay the ideal medium for reflecting b0th.
Through my trompe l’oeil ceramic sculptures I challenge the viewer with both the nature of the material and the messages within. Whether wheel-thrown or hand-built, these forms are completely hand-carved and transformed to mimic weathered logs and birch trees—the angels of the forest.
I strive to show how nature maintains its splendors through tenacity and triumph of existence despite the disregard we humans show her. I appreciate how ceramic mirrors the environment’s fragility and durability—easily damaged if disrespected and yet invincible in its inherent beauty.
Each piece I create is a relationship—the story of shared discovery. The clay and I make the journey together through the tension of disagreement and the harmony of accord. The final form—the result of our conversation—has a life all its own.
I strive for the life in each creation to foster awareness and influence viewer behavior toward the environment. My hope is that at least some will acquire new appreciations and ways of seeing and thus choose to walk with softer steps.
Eric Serritella is a nationally exhibiting ceramic artist specializing in hand-carved trompe l’oeil vessels transformed into birch and weathered logs.
Eric’s one-of-a-kind tromp l’oeil ceramic sculptures have been awarded and exhibited in galleries and museums from coast to coast and in Asia. His work is included in nearly one dozen public collections including Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum, The Everson Museum of Art’s world class ceramics collection in Syracuse, NY and the Kamm Teapot Foundation – the world’s largest private teapot collection.
Eric has contributed to over 70 exhibitions and his work has appeared on the covers of AmericanStyle and Pottery Making Illustrated, and in the pages of Ceramics Monthly, NICHE, Clay Times, The Crafts, Report, and Ceramic Art (Taiwan), as well as in several books and calendars on ceramic art. He has participated in many prestigious shows including The Smithsonian Craft Show, SOFA Chicago and Design Miami.