Creativity has shown may faces for Philadelphia-born sculptor, Joe Pippett. He learned the art of building homes, by working in the family business during high school. His attention to detail and refinement manifested early, as he came to appreciate the value of a fine tool in the hands of a skilled artisan. Upon earning a degree in Engineering, he began his first career as a nuclear start-up engineer, and invented several pieces of equipment that are in use throughout the industry today.
Joe, in search of a more creative outlet, moved on to acting. First in New York and then Los Angeles, he became a sought after commercial actor. From there he started a custom home remodeling business, which was in such demand by television industry executives that he eventually abandoned his acting career.
The desire for a more unique expression of his creativity guided Joe to woodcarving and eventually on a pilgrimage to Camp Verde, Arizona, and the ranch home of master sculptor John M. Soderberg. His intense admiration and their mutual respect led to the beginning of Joe's apprenticeship. Their first meeting culminated with Soderberg handing Pippett a selection of his own sculpting tools, followed by a simple, understated "You'll be needing these." They continue to work together. Additionally, Joe has studied with master sculptor Jonathan Bickart in Los Angeles.
Pippett has recently returned to the film industry, this time through special effects, sculpting for the Jim Henson Creature Shop and John Criswell Productions. He continues to pursue his unique vision; his work reflects an intensely personal expression, which touches our common soul, and makes us rejoice in our humanity. "As many artists before me have done, I have searched for a way to express my feeling about this fantastic gift we call life. I have found it in bronze sculpture. I feel I've come home."