Eric Serritella is an internationally exhibiting ceramic artist specializing in hand-carved trompe l’oeil vessels transformed into birch and weathered logs. His sculptures are represented in many museum collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His pieces have been awarded and exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States and also shown in Europe and Asia. Serritella’s work has been featured in many art and ceramic magazines as well as in several books.
Eric Serritella is a ceramic artist specializing in hand-carved trompe l’oeil vessels transformed into birch and weathered logs. Clay found him in 1996 when he took a hobby pottery class to find a new creative outlet and bring more balance to a busy corporate career.
“I expected to simply discover an enjoyable pastime. Instead, clay dug its way into my very core.”
He began a functional pottery production business in effort to follow clay's calling and to bring a new spirit and satisfaction to his work life.
Serritella has a BA in Communication from Ithaca College. He also studied art history there and in London. His primary applied art training came in the form of two artist residencies studying with Ah Leon and clay masters in Taiwan. It was there that he was taken with the historic Yixing teapots, introduced to the Japanese wabi philosophy, and began his trompe l’oeil explorations.
As a result, Serritella’s works are internationally recognized and have been exhibited, awarded and collected for their exquisite design and incredibly realistic textures. They are included in many permanent museum collections including among others the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Mint Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, and Everson Museum of Art’s world class ceramics collection. Many esteemed private collections also contain pieces, including the Kamm Teapot Foundation – the world’s largest teapot collection.
Serritella’s work has been represented at some of the world’s top art and design shows including TEFAF Maastricht, Design Miami/Basel, Design Miami, SOFA Chicago and the Smithsonian Craft Show. His recently cataloged solo show at Jason Jacques Gallery in New York City has led to additional international recognition.
The artist has contributed to over 80 exhibitions and his pieces have appeared on the covers of AmericanStyle and Pottery Making Illustrated, and in the pages of Ceramics Monthly, Modern, NICHE, Clay Times, The Crafts Report and Ceramic Art (Taiwan), as well as in Lark Book’s 500 Teapots, Volume 2 and several other books and calendars on ceramic art.
Each piece Serritella makes begins as a blank piece of clay. He uses wheel throwing, slab building and hand building techniques to create his expressive forms. All of the texture and details are hand carved and no molds are used. After applying ceramic oxides for accent color the pieces are fired to over 2,100º Fahrenheit.
Eric starts each work day with Taiwanese Oolong tea brewed Gongfu style in an Yixing teapot. “Sipping it, I listen to the morning. This and other connections to nature are expressed and shared in my works.”