Eric Serritella

Eric Serritella is an internationally exhibiting ceramic artist specializing in hand-carved trompe l’oeil vessels transformed into birch and weathered logs. His one-of-a-kind trompe l'oeil ceramic sculptures are internationally recognized and have been exhibited, awarded and collected on five continents for their exquisite design and incredibly realistic textures. Works are included in many permanent museum collections including among others The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Mint Museum.

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Eric Serritella, now a world-recognized trompe l’oeil ceramist, was born in 1963, in rural Ellenville, New York. Both of his parents were educators. Passing most of his youth in Mahopac, New York, he and his sister enjoyed playing in the woods, among the stone walls, and on the edges of small ponds. The loss of his father in 1973 was a watershed moment for Eric, although he may not have realized until decades later. He often took solace in nature. He continued with school and a relatively trouble-free middle class, suburban life. In college, he studied liberal arts and particularly enjoyed courses in Western Art History, never expecting them to play a part in his professional future. In 1985, having earned a BA in Speech Communication from Ithaca College, Eric buckled down to the competitive life of a marketing executive. He always kept his connection to nature throughout school and his career, spending long hours in the woods or kayaking on the water during his free time.

In the early 2000s, Serritella married Julie Nathanielsz, a life coach and now a home-schooler of the couple’s two daughters. In 2012, the family moved from the Ithaca, New York, area to the Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. Serritella continues to work from a home studio.

In his recent artist’s statement he tells us, “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 a new appreciation and way of seeing and thus choose to walk with softer steps.”

Serritella has contributed to over 90 exhibitions and has been represented at some of the world’s top art and design shows including TEFAF Maastricht (Netherlands), Design Miami/ Basel (Switzerland), Design Miami/ (Florida), The Salon: Art + Design (NY), SOFA Chicago and The Smithsonian Craft Show. He was recognized by the James Renwick Alliance as the 2016 Distinguished Artist in ceramics at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.