Eric began his career as a mosaicist 30 years ago as an apprentice to Italian stonemason and mosaicist, Giuseppe Gambino in Boston, MA. Mr. Gambino, then 80, offered a wealth of Old World mosaic knowledge in exchange for a paint job on his house. He was negotiating mosaics, not ladders, at that age!
Working in stone was followed by study of ceramics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mudflats of Cambridge, MA and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. At UW Mr. Rattan studied ceramics with Mr. Don Reitz and Mr. Bruce Breckenridge. This led to making handmade tile, sink basins, wall sconces, wall murals and other architecturally related ceramic art.
Study of ceramics was followed by ten years of design and construction of adobe homes in Santa Fe, NM. Custom doors and mosaics have always been a signature of Mr. Rattan’s residential and commercial building designs.
Mr. Rattan's architectural artwork in stone, ceramic and glass has been installed as public art and in private collections at home and abroad. His teaching workshops have been conducted nationwide as well as in Spain, Mexico, Canada and Australia. He is bilingual in English and Spanish and lectures in either or both languages.
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