Eric Serritella Studio

Eric Serritella Studio

About The Artist

Eric Serritella • Chapel Hill, NC

Over 2 decades of Serritella’s ceramic trompe l’oeil birch sculptures have become recognized worldwide, with dozens of works in museum collections. During the pandemic he added colorful glass artwork to his repertoire. They serve as conduits to emotion & connection through inquiry, recognition & familiarity. Vessels link humanity & nature as timelessly inseparable. They channel nature’s private stories so secluded voices and soul-singings are heard. Each is made in clay then pate de verre cast.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

Works are created in clay using wheel throwing, slab and/or hand-building techniques. Pate de verre (paste of glass) is then meticulously applied in plaster castings of the clay forms. Works are sometimes fired multiple times to achieve the desired effects.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

The exploration of color and transparency of glass have opened an entirely new and exciting world to me after two decades of my primary works being created in clay. The blending of colors, distressed textures and transparencies is where I am having the most fun. While I will continue to work in clay, glass has become a new medium within my repertoire and a material with years and years of creative exploration to be enjoyed and shared.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

Most find it interesting that I’m a second career artist. Prior, I spent 16 years in marketing. I began in clay as a hobby and became a full-time ceramic artist in 2000. Many are also surprised that my ceramic trompe l'oeil birch sculptures are world renowned with works on five continents and two dozen in museum collections. They find it unexpected that I started in glass only 2 years ago during the pandemic as an artist in residence and have already integrated it into my creative offerings.