Here we go again; our eyes are deceiving us. You think you’re looking at wood, but friends, this isn’t wood. North Carolina-based ceramic artist Eric Serritella just raised the bar for making things that look like other things. Eric lovingly creates astonishingly realistic clay teapots that look just like gnarled, weathered, and sometimes even scorched sections of trees.

The series, called Trompe L’oeil Teapots, raise an awareness about the environment while serving as beautiful one-of-a-kind vessels that can actually be used in the kitchen.

Each beautifully deceptive piece of Eric’s pottery is painstakingly hand-carved and painted. The results are so convincing that we half-expect to see chipmunks peeking out through the tops of the pots. Come to think of it, that would be pretty awesome.

Visit Eric Serritella’s website to view more of his beautiful clay creations.

[via My Modern Metropolis]