Open Studio Tour Time
October 23, 2019
It’s autumn and time for the Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tours. Chapel Hill continues to grow as an arts destination with 78 studios opening their doors to visitors. See where artists work and how art is made. And of course, there are plenty of opportunities to purchase gifts or add a significant artwork to your own collection.
I am studio #75 this year and I will have a bunch of new sculptures, some goodies never shown in NC before, and some old favorites. Stop by to chat and to see what a might fit your collection. Lots more information including hours, a downloadable brochure and maps at ocagnc.org.
This year two area galleries are hosting preview shows. Hillsborough Gallery of Arts has their opening reception on Friday, October 25, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Info at hillsboroughgallery.com. FRANK Gallery hosts a show opening the next night, Saturday, October 26, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Info at www.frankisart.com. Both are free and open to the public and provide a great chance to scope out some art to help decide which studios to visit.
Oishii Headed to Taiwan Museum Biennale
October 23, 2019
I am honored to have the teapot "Oishii" included in the upcoming 2020 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale International Competition at the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan. I lived in Yingge and spent a lot of time at this museum during my five-month 2004 artist residency. It’s a thrill to now have a teapot as part of this prestigious exhibition.
"Flow" receives the Joyce W. Pope Grand Prize
March 11, 2019
I am honored to have the artwork "Flow" receive the Joyce W. Pope Grand Prize during the opening of the North Carolina Artists Exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh. Many thanks to the Raleigh Fine Arts Society, CAM Raleigh and independent curator and show juror Chad Alligood.
February 13, 2019
Two great shows are already underway for 2019, and I was able to attend both openings and meet many appreciators of nature and art. “Arboreal” at Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech University opened to great reviews. The opening was very well attended and created lots of buzz. I was fortunate enough to be there doing final lighting when an art class came through and I had the opportunity to speak to them, as well as presenting during the evening’s reception.
Next was Jason Jacques “30 for 30” which was also well attended in celebration of Jason’s 30 years in the biz. Many of New York’s art elite were in attendance and it was a fabulous night. The gallery published a book for the event, “30 for 30: Thirty Years on the Hunt”. It includes features on each of the 30 contemporary and historic artists in the show. Each is researched and written by prominent art historians and features a forward by Garth Clark.
A few shows have been added to the roster, including North Carolina Artist Exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC sponsored by the Raleigh Fine Arts Society opening in March. Work will be in two shows this spring and summer at Chester Gallery in Connecticut. The first, “Pop and Beyond,” is a sale of a collection of gouaches, serigraphs, lithographs and sculptures by historic artists including Andy Warhol, as well as Jim Dine, Sam Francis, Adolf Gottleib, Keith Haring, Robert Indiana, Wolf Kahn, Sol LeWitt, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Donald Sultan. Following will be a trompe l’oeil and realism show, “Keeping it Real.” My sculptures in both shows will appear courtesy of Jason Jacques Gallery.
More info, links and show dates can be found on the Calendar page.
Updates for the New Year
January 16, 2019
Time to catch up the News page on what’s going on. Last year started with a solo show at Jason Jacques Gallery in New York. It received some wonderful coverage, including a New York Times recommendation.
A big portion of 2018 was then spent creating a large pair of sculptures commissioned and headed to the west coast. 2018 concluded with a successful first year in my newly completed studio and on the Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour here in Chapel Hill. It was wonderful to have so many visitors interested in the arts.
2019 is already shaping up to be a very busy year. It starts in January with “Arboreal” at Moss Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. Curator Margo Crutchfield visited the studio and hand-picked five works for the show. They will be on display along with a wonderful cadre of exceptional artists’ works celebrating trees. I’ll be at the opening on the 24th and will give a short talk at the reception.
The next day I fly to New York to celebrate Jason Jacques’ 30-year anniversary in the arts at his opening of “30 for 30: Thirty Years on the Hunt”. I have been represented by Jason since 2012 and am honored to have a piece amongst the 30 chosen. They will show along with other contemporary artists’ works and selected artworks from his historic collection. It promises to be a fun-filled evening of fine art and company.
This summer I will have a solo show at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina as part of “W.O.W. (Wood Only Work)”. This gallery-wide celebration of wood as an art form will coincide with the American Association of Wood Turners Conference in Raleigh.
Other upcoming showings include the 2019 Art of Clay National at the North Carolina Pottery Center in clay-historic Seagrove opening this February, ArtFields in Lake City, South Carolina this spring, works at the Chapel Hill Town Hall as a part of the area’s support of the arts this fall, and then the Open Studio Tours again in November.
There are several other shows with details still in the works. Details on these listed, and any new, can be found on the Calendar page.
Honoring the Future
January 1, 2019
Honoring the Future is now publishing a quarterly Climate Art Beat calendar of 10-15 current “must see” art exhibitions. Their mission is to harness the power of art to educate, empower and engage the public on climate change. Among other things, they honor the future by giving voice to today’s artists whose work recognizes a changing climate. See current listings at Climate Art Beat.
Reverie at Blue Spiral 1
August 15, 2018
In cooperation with Jason Jacques Gallery I will feature select works at Asheville’s iconic Blue Spiral 1 Gallery. My first showing will be in Reverie, a group show with artists Jim Connell, Duy Huynh, and Kirsten Stingle. Together we will present elegant, often surreal works, providing an opportunity to be transported into a dream-like space. More info at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery.
Orange County Artists Guild
April 24, 2018
Now that I finally have a studio big enough to invite guests, I’ve joined the Orange County Artists Guild and will participate in the autumn studio tours. They will take place November 3rd/4th, and 10th/11th this year. More info in the fall and at OCAG.
North Carolina Clay featured at BRAHM
April 24, 2018
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum will open Handcrafted: North Carolina Clay on April 28, 2018. The exhibition is guest curated by founder emeritus of BRAHM and North Carolina potter, Herb Cohen. North Carolina has long been recognized for its skilled potters and iron-rich red clay. Potters throughout the state would pull their material directly from the earth and use this clay to form jugs, jars, bowls, platters, and vases, all by hand. Then and now, these utilitarian vessels exist with a sense of humanity, history, and purpose unique to the craft-enriched past of the south. These traditions have both persisted and expanded in potteries and clay studios across the state. Handcrafted presents ceramic vessels and sculpture made by over 40 contemporary North Carolina potters and artists. The works are functional and decorative with a broad range of scales, techniques, concepts, and forms. Together, this exhibition takes a look at the diversity of contemporary ceramics in our state, as well as the stories and relationships these artists have with their work and one another.
Exhibiting artists in Handcrafted include Steve Abee, Michel Bayne, Glenn Bolick, Lula Owens Bolick, Cynthia Bringle, Lisa Clague, Herb Cohen, Josh Copus, Cristina Córdova, Donna Craven, Adrienne Dellinger, Susan Filley, Carol Gentithes, Terry Gess, Mark Hewitt, Lynn Jenkins, Nick Joerling, Daniel Johnston, Fred Johnston, Kate Johnston, Matt Jones, Eric Knoche, Stacy Lambert, Leah Leitson, Jeannine Marchand, Bob Meier, Ben Owen III, Bayle Owens, Pamela Owens, Travis Owens, Vernon Owens, Jane Peiser, Akira Satake, Pat Scull, Ken Sedberry, Jenny Lou Sherburne, Eric Serritella, Liz Summerfield, Charlie Tefft, Kathy Triplett, and Julie Wiggins.
The exhibition will be open to the public from April 28 - July 22, 2018. A reception will be held during their Summer Exhibition Celebration on Thursday, May 24 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Info at BRAHM
Entering the Fuller Craft Museum Collection
April 24, 2018
Split Birch Log Teapot (2010) was recently added to the permanent collection of the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. The teapot is presently on exhibit in Tricks of the Trade, Illusions in Craft Based Media. I am honored for it to be a part of the museum’s growing assemblage of contemporary art.
Daniella on Design and More
February 21, 2018
Good press continues for In Focus. I had a wonderful visit with the incomparable Daniella Ohad who featured the exhibition on her eponymous contemporary design BLOG. Check it out at Daniella on Design.
The show also received positive coverage in Wall Street International
Recommended in the NY Times
February 16, 2018
I am feeling proud of a New York Times recommendation for In Focus solo show at Jason Jacques Gallery in this week’s Arts section. Here’s what it said:
12 Art Exhibitions to View in NYC This Weekend
‘In Focus: Eric Serritella’ at Jason Jacques Gallery (through March 10). The ceramicist Eric Serritella surrounds himself with the objects of his inspiration: trees aplenty in a forest near Chapel Hill, N.C. There, in his studio, he crafts woodland-themed stoneware delights that can trick you into thinking you’re gazing upon Mother Nature’s handiwork. Mr. Serritella’s pieces have been exhibited at the Met and the Smithsonian, and now they’re on view at Jason Jacques Gallery. His work ranges from one-foot-high seemingly weather-beaten logs to striking trees that are six to seven and a half feet tall. On Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., the artist will guide a tour of the exhibition and discuss his process. (by Danielle Dowling).
The full listing page can be seen online at The NY Times
In Focus Solo Show, Jason Jacques Gallery
I am excited to have my next solo show at Jason Jacques Gallery’s upper East Side gallery in Manhattan this February.
Here’s a blurb from their press release:
In Focus: Eric Serritella opens February 7th and is the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work at Jason Jacques Gallery since 2013. A renown contemporary ceramist, Serritella specializes in hand-carved trompe l’oeil sculptures that mimic birch and weathered logs and trees with uncanny realism.
“Serritella’s extraordinary creativity in reinterpreting natural forms make him one of the leading clay artists working today,” says Jason Jacques, principal of his eponymous gallery.
Serritella’s current work in the exhibition is inspired by his response to nature and created in his new studio situated in the forests of North Carolina. Within this focused presentation at the gallery, the artist pushes the boundaries of his medium with stoneware trees as well as work inspired by traditional ceramic wares.
“With a long and respected artistic career, whose work is admired by both collectors and curators alike, Serritella continues to captivate new audiences with his command of material, form, and technique,” says Jason T. Busch, director of the gallery. “His new work advances his already accomplished portfolio with a scale and complexity of shape and realism.
Eric Serritella will be on site to provide an in-depth tour of the exhibition, and the process of making his work, on February 21st, 6:00-8:00 pm. The exhibition is on view through March 10th.
New Working Digs
My new studio is now fully operational and it’s AMAZING. Lots more room. Tons of natural light and an incredibly inspiring view. An artist couldn’t ask for more! I always enjoy having visitors, so get in touch if you’re travelling near Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC.
2017 Show Summary
Masterpiece London with Agnews Gallery.
Late spring and summer brought a series of wonderful opportunities to show work. There was of course the honor of a solo show with Jason Jacques Gallery as he was the first-ever ceramics gallery invited to show at the prestigious Frieze NY art fair.
After that Salon 94 included the sculpture Whisper in their S94 show at the historic Levy House in Manhattan.
Agnews Gallery premiered my favorite piece of the year, Ghosts of the Muse, at Masterpiece London. It sat below one of my hero’s work, a L.C. Tiffany window and was the anchor for the amazing 10-foot tall painting Eve by Solomon J. Solomon (1908).
Back at Jason Jacques Gallery, several sculptures, along with some Rick Owens furniture, lent support to the exhibition, Das Werk: Gustav Klimt Collotypes and Avant-Garde Austrian Pottery.
With autumn is in full swing, the next up is Basel/Design Miami in Florida in early December. Then 2018 will begin with FOG Art+Design art fair in San Francisco in early January, a spring trompe l’oeil group exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA and then likely a solo show at Jason Jacques Gallery in Manhattan. More on those as information becomes available.
A First at Frieze New York
I am thrilled to be Jason Jacques Gallery’s featured artist at the exclusive art fair Frieze New York the first week of May. This year Jason Jacques Gallery is the first ceramic arts gallery ever invited to participate in this extraordinary art fair. He’s created an incredible custom booth and commissioned new work that I’ve created specifically for the show.
From Jason’s e-blast:
Jason Jacques Gallery is pleased to participate in the 2017 edition of Frieze New York. This international art fair spanning over four days brings together the world’s leading modern and contemporary art galleries, innovative curated sections, a celebrated series of talks, and site-specific artist commissions, all in a bespoke structure overlooking the East River in Randall's Island Park.
Our original booth, designed by Digifabshop, will include a gigantic spiderlike structure encasing the sculptures and ceramics on view, creating a one-of-a-kind exhibition experience. The show will feature a combination of important late 19th and early 20th century European art pottery, as well as a selection of stoneware sculptures by contemporary American ceramist Eric Serritella. The outstanding artists represented in the exhibition share a common interest in creating works that draw inspiration from the natural world as well as organic forms and materials. The pieces on display represent remarkable achievements in both style and technique, exemplified by masterful uses of glaze and unmatched attention to detail.
The recent work of contemporary ceramist Eric Serritella resonates with the historic masterpieces of the Carriès School also presented at our booth, as it also incorporates figurative, organic shapes. Specializing in hand-carved, trompe l’oeil vessels that take the shape of birch and weathered logs, this is Eric Serritella's first major exhibition since 2015. His work was specifically commissioned for Frieze. Serritella’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held in prestigious museum collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”
If you want to know more, here’s the full e-blast with images.
Details about the art fair can be found at Frieze.com
Three Tree Tea, Bresler Collection
Several ceramic works will be featured in spring shows this year. The first is Three Tree Tea included as part of “Collectors’ Voice in the Ceramic Arts” at the Hodson and Whitaker Art Galleries at Hood College, Frederick, MD. Nineteen major regional collectors of ceramic art works, many affiliated with the James Renwick Alliance, loaned a favorite piece of ceramic art work from their personal collections.
Ceramic Arts graduate students were paired with a collector and researched the collected ceramic artwork. Students then interviewed the collectors, researching not only the history of the work, but the stories surrounding the collecting. Three Tree Tea was chosen from the iconic Bresler Collection.
The second exhibition is “Making it in Crafts III” at The Art Museum of Lafayette in Indiana which opens May 12 and will include three hyper-realistic ceramic trompe l’oeil pieces. This exhibition will feature 140 works of art by 51 prominent professional craft artists (clay, glass, metal, wood-working and fiber), from 25 states plus Canada and Australia. Guest curator, Jim Sondgeroth, has personally selected and invited each artist as someone considered at the top of their game. It is one of the most exciting and comprehensive arts and crafts shows to be presented in the Midwest. For more information visit The Art Museum of Lafayette.
Work on Exhibition at the Smithsonian
I have just learned that the teapot acquired by The Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2014 has been put out on exhibition as part of Connections – A New Permanent Collection Show. It will remain there for at least one year and likely longer.
With the museum housing a huge collection of art, not every piece is out on public display. I am honored that the teapot will be shown for an extended period. The piece can be seen in the historic Renwick Gallery of The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.
American Art Collector Feature
In publication news, John O’Hern, an old friend and long-time curator and scholar of realism recently wrote a feature on my work for American Art Collector. I am able to provide a PDF of what I consider the clearest understanding of where I come from as an artist. This PDF of the story is provided courtesy of American Art Collector magazine.
I also have a story included in a new book, Craftspeople in Their Own Words by David Bacharach. It brings together 80+ stories written by 75 craftspeople describing their lives in the studio, on the road, or at various American craft shows from the 1960s to the present. It is available on Amazon.com as a Kindle e-book. The book can be purchased directly from Amazon or via Generosity.com with the opportunity for sales to benefit the Craft Emergency Relief Fund.
A very full spring with commissions and the start of new studio construction have kept me busy without much time for online updates. Happily, all is going well. The spring talk and presentation as the 2016 James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist in Clay at The Smithsonian American Art Museum went incredibly well and was lots of fun. Jason Jacques Gallery continues to represent my work. Available pieces can be found on his web site, jasonjacques.com
One show of note was “Function, Form, and Fantasy: Ceramics from the Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger Collection” at the Flint Museum of Art. The exhibition had an incredible array of work from the 1960s through present day showing the diversity of expression in clay. I am honored to have had a teapot in this show along with iconic clay artists that include Voulkas, Reitz, Leach, Hamada, Soldner, Frey and Woodman among many, many others. A beautiful hard cover catalog authored by Janet Koplos was created for the show.
Ceramic Artists…Don’t Be Anonymous!
I recently joined the advisory board of the national organization that exists to help American ceramic artists have their marks/signatures/chops listed in an online database.
The Marks Project is the first on-line searchable research hub for American studio ceramic artist working during the period 1946 to present. The Marks Project is endorsed by makers, curators, and collectors.
There is no cost to register your marks and be listed. And you can include the marks of significant influences in your careers, including teachers, mentors and friends who are no longer with us.
Add your legacy to this valuable clay resource. And feel free to share it with your friends and on social media to help all American ceramic artists become part of history.
For more information, view the following PDFs or visit www.themarksproject.org
Don’t Be Anonymous
Summary to Artists
2016 James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist
I have the honor of speaking and teaching as the 2016 James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist in clay. The workshop will be held Saturday, April 16 from 9:30 AM until 12:00 noon at Blue Fire Studio. The presentation “Mind into Matter” will be on April 17 from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM at the Grand Salon. It promises to be a really fun weekend with lots of art talk to be had. Plus it’s an opportunity to visit the newly renovated Renwick Gallery. I look forward to seeing lots of familiar faces and meeting new lovers of art.
For more information and to reserve space visit jra.org
Exhibition at the Appleton Museum
November 30, 2015
I’m looking forward to the opening of “A Fine Timber: Wood and Transformation in Our Time” and giving the presentation “Mind Into Matter” at the Appleton Museum of Art. I will also teach a one day workshop there entitled “Opened Earth – The Beauty Within.” This workshop will explore exposing the inner beauty of raw clay.
Stretch Teapot to The Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 30, 2014
A ceramic trompe l’oeil birch teapot from 2011 titled Stretch was recently added to The Contemporary Art Gallery at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. While I don’t know yet when it will be actually be on display, I am thrilled and honored to have work included of one of the world’s most prestigious public art collections.
Presenting at The Mint Museum in January
October 10, 2014
I will be giving my PowerPoint presentation “From Mind to Clay —Building a Body of Work from Life’s
Journey” at the Mint Museum, Randolph in Charlotte, NC on January 21, 2015. It will be of interest to
both collectors and artists curious about how life’s experiences impact the creative process.
Design Miami 2014
October 9, 2014
Mark your calendars for Design Miami, December 3 — 7. I will be represented again at this top global
decorative arts and design show by Jason Jacques Gallery. designmiami.com
The Salon: Art + Design
October 9, 2014
I will have work in New York City this fall at The Salon: Art + Design at the Park Avenue Armory,
November 13 — 17. The Salon 2014 welcomes the world’s leading exhibitors in fine and decorative arts
and design from 1890 to the present. I will be represented there by Jason Jacques Gallery.
Design 360°, China
October 8, 2014
An article recently appeared in a leading Chinese Decorative Arts magazine, Design 360°. Click here to download a PDF provided courtesy of the publication. ©2014 Design 360°
The Smithsonian American Art Museum Purchases a Teapot
July 28, 2014
I am thrilled to share that Charred Split Birch Log Teapot has been purchased by The Smithsonian American Art Museum and has accessioned into their permanent collection at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. I am both thrilled and honored to have my work included in this prestigious American museum.
PMI at The Mint Museum on Sept. 6th
July 27, 2014
Next up is Next up is The Potters Market Invitational at The Mint Museum in Charlotte on September 6th. The show will have work from about 40 of North Carolina’s finest clay artists. Details are on the Mint Museum’s website
Smithsonian Craft Show Award,
Maastricht, and Design Miami/Basel
July 2, 2014
The spring had ceramic trompe l’oeil pieces in some great shows, including the Smithsonian Craft Show where they were recognized with the annual Ceramics Award of Excellence. They were also represented in Europe at TEFAF Maastricht in Netherlands and Design Miami/Basel in Switzerland. The latter two were with much thanks to Jason Jacques Gallery and Salon 94. Now it’s time for a rest and preparations for the fall.
On a side note, the recent workshops at Claymakers in Durham and ArtsCenter in Carrboro were both a lot of fun. It was great to be around such enthusiastic North Carolina potters.
March 19, 2014
The Smithsonian Craft Show opens April 10th and runs through Sunday the 13th. It’s one of my favorite shows with great art and great friends. The proceeds of the show go to funding The Smithsonian’s many reaches.
March 18, 2014
The Smithsonian’s James A. Renwick Alliance Spring Craft Weekend is coming up and includes silent and live auctions. This will be my second time in the live auction exhibition and sale. This incredible weekend includes talks and tours and dinners.
March 13, 2014
Opening tomorrow is TEFAF: Maastricht, considered the most prestigious art and antiques show in the world. I will be represented there by Jason Jacques Gallery. As much as I’d love to be in the Netherlands right now, I leave the work in Jason’s capable hands while I am in the studio creating the final new pieces for the April-arriving Smithsonian Craft Show.
March 11, 2014
2013 ended extremely well with a work selling at SOFA Chicago and an incredibly successful Design Miami. Many pieces were placed into established private collections. I was represented at both by Jason Jacques Gallery.
October 18, 2013
Coming up soon is SOFA Chicago from October 31 - November 3. I will be represented by Jason Jacques Gallery and I plan to be in attendance from opening night through mid-afternoon on November 1st. I will have several new pieces from the Charred Wood series along with several from The Walking With Softer Steps series.
October 3, 2013
Steinfest, an international invitational, opens October 4 in Durham, NC and runs through November 16. I will have two steins in the show. One will be at Claymakers Gallery for the duration of the show. The second will be one of several to be featured in Raleigh in The North Carolina Museum of Art's IRIS Porsche Biergarten during their incredible Porsche By Design - Seducing Speed exhibition.
September 29, 2014
The Sassy Birch Teapot was recently published on the title page and inside 500 Teapots, Volume 2 by Lark Books
It’s been almost a year since our move from Central New York State to the South. North Carolina has been very welcoming to me as a new artist. I had a piece in the North Carolina Museum of Art's auction in June and participated in the prestigious Potters’ Market Invitational show at The Mint Museum in Charlotte this September.
A Birch Stump Teapot won the Delhom Service League’s Purchase Award which placed it in The Mint’s permanent collection.
As many of you know, I am renting studio space from nationally-known porcelain artist Susan Filley. While we both had apprehensions after years of each having our own private spaces, it has turned out to be a wonderful situation and we both are benefiting from the arrangement.
I also had my first cataloged solo exhibition this summer at Jason Jacques Gallery in Manhattan. The show was a great success with many works being place in wonderful new collections.
And for many of you reading this you’ll notice that the web site finally has a fresh new look with much easier navigation and bigger photo representation thanks to the fine web design work of Dan Bruffey in Ithaca, NY.