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Inspired by the purity of nature and the aesthetic of Asian art, ceramic artist Eric Serritella specializes in hand-carved trompe l’oeil sculptures in the Chinese tradition of Yixing. In birch tree tea pots and sculptures that mimic weathered logs, Serritella exposes the fragility of nature, in order to foster awareness of the environment. Serritella first discovered ceramics in 1996, which began as a hobby to balance his corporate career and would later become his full-time passion, rivaled only by nature. In his daily ceramics practice, Serritella is able to connect with the earth through personal contact with sculptures that are either wheel-thrown or hand built but regardless, carved with his own hands. Serritella lives and works in North Carolina, and begins each day sipping tea from a Yixing teapot, surrounded by the sounds of nature he expresses in his practice.