The pursuit of all things
Creative has been an unwavering theme for
Philadelphia born sculptor, J.A. Pippett.
This quest has offered Pippett unique and
diverse life experiences - culminating in an
accomplished and successful career as a
Pippett first discovered his
creativity as a child. He loved to draw and sketch and
was forever building things out of cardboard, wood
scraps, glue and scotch tape. In high school, he
learned the art of building homes by working in the
family Contracting business. It was through that
experience that Pippett first came to appreciate the
value of a fine tool in the hands of a skilled artisan.
Later, when Pippett graduated from Villanova University
with a degree in Engineering, he was invited to become a
member of an elite team performing research and
development at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Facility,
following the infamous reactor incident of 1979. He
spent the next six years working as a nuclear Startup
Engineer for Bechtel Power. His career there included
the invention and successful utilization of several
pieces of equipment in the field.
Pippett’s yearning to express himself creatively also
led him to a successful career as a commercial
television actor in the 1980’s and 90’s. His love of
building brought him back to custom home remodeling and
his love of drawing eventually inspired him to move into
a three dimensional expression of his work through
In 1991, Pippett made a pilgrimage to
the home of master sculptor John M. Soderberg in Camp
Verde, Arizona. The two made an immediate connection and
their first meeting culminated with Soderberg handing
Pippett a selection of his own sculpting tools, followed
by the simple, understated comment, “You’ll be needing
these.” Deeply moved and inspired by the unlimited
artistic potential of sculpting in bronze, Pippett began
his next and most relevant incarnation as an artist.
Pippett apprenticed with Soderberg
and then studied with master sculptor Jonathan Bickart
in Los Angeles. He has also sculpted for John Criswell
Productions and the legendary Jim Henson Creature Shop.
Pippett currently resides in Los Angeles, California.