As an artist working in fused glass, Pilisa embraces the spontaneous and the unexpected as the process and materials are inherently unpredictable. Creative Gateways deepens that commitment to openness and innovation with further opportunities for new ideas, inspiration and ways of working. Pilisa loves to share her process with those who are drawn to her work and to welcome new visitors to the studio. Her long term vision is to create a permanent, sustainable Artist’s colony on land just outside Sedona, and Creative Gateways is a step towards growing that creative community.
Terry Israelson is a master craftsman, who owned a successful business designing and building unique and cutting edge furniture in Sedona for thirty five years, before joining AMusinGlass. Having trained as an artist at UCLA he now brings his creative flair and love for experimenting and pushing boundaries to Creative Gateways. Terry combines light and color in unique ways to create one of a kind pieces. His other passions include printmaking, painting and photography, and he’s currently exploring ways to blend these different mediums and create exciting new art in glass.
Marika joined the AmusinGlass team in 2016, after returning from Maui where she managed a gallery specializing in blown glass art. As a native to Sedona she was raised by two artists, and her natural talent and grounding in color and value translates through in the warm glass pieces she now creates. Compared to her background in drawing and painting, Marika enjoys the challenge of working in a new medium where the focus is on creating solid objects that can be touched and held. She’s currently learning and experimenting with the technical aspects of glass making – and getting used to surrendering to the sometimes unexpected outcomes of the firing process! r.
Michael Colpitts is a painter and ceramic artist whose inspiration includes the natural world, flight, and his experiences living, working and travelling in India, North Africa, Europe (including Ibiza, Spain, where he lived for six years) and Southeast Asia. A trained pilot, Michael’s current work includes a series of soaring abstract paintings inspired by flight, as well as his ongoing ceramic work and explorations in working with porcelain. A long-term meditator, Michael is nourished by silence, stillness and soaking up the quiet beauty of the spectacular Sedona landscape.
Ever since she was a child, Sumati Colpitts has loved working with her hands. Having studied at the Chicago Art Institute and Kansas City Art Institute, she traveled widely, first working with Michael in an ashram in India in 1989, before reuniting in Sedona almost a decade later. Sumati is a ceramic artist whose hugely popular figurative animal sculptures inspire and delight those who take them home. A licensed massage therapist and gourmet cook, Sumati’s gift for tactile creativity results in personality-filled work capturing and amplifying the essence of the animal.
After thirty three years living and working in Mexico, Meg Munro relocated to Sedona in 2016, bringing her vivid watercolor paintings to the Creative Gateways studios. Her signature glowing images use an underpainting technique to create an almost ‘stained glass’ effect, lighting up the bright colors and unique subjects of her work. Meg is currently working on a series inspired by ‘virgins and mothers’, incorporating religious iconography into lush natural scenes. Spirituality, healing and the connection of art with the divine intertwine in her richly intricate work.