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Meet Sumati Colpitts of Sedona

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sumati Colpitts.

Hi Sumati, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have been sculpting in clay for the past 22 years. I have always loved working with my hands, relying on their tactical wisdom in them. I was a massage therapist before this and a culinary cook. I loved making pottery as a teenager, but it wasn’t until I met my future husband and started helping him in his sculpting in clay that I began my journey. It has taken me 2o years to get where I am now. My husband and I collaborate as he does all the firing in our walk-in gas kiln, which is an art. I make all the animals, and he does all the figurative work. We do not use molds; everything is all hand sculpted in free form, so each is a one-of-a-kind sculpture. Because the clay is fired to 2300 degrees on the second firing, they become water-tight and can withstand the weather. The animals all have unique personalities, and I use glass taxidermy eyes in my larger pieces, and I make them look right in your eyes, so there’s a personal connection that makes you smile.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a smooth road?
It’s been a challenge to create everything, and we have until now been going to high-end art shows around the country to sell our work. That is a lot of work!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
We make one-of-a-kind ceramic animals that can go in and outdoors, and what makes our work special is that they always look you right in the eyes and make you feel good I always love hearing from our clients that their pieces always bring a smile whenever they look at even after many years. Or figurative work is mostly Asian, and unlike the animals, their eyes are closed to give you a sense of inner peace and serenity when you look at them.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
Because we do not use any molds in our work, we are always trying new ways to do things, which is a challenge. The more risks we take in trying new things, the more we learn and grow our creativity.


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